D.C. Medical Examiner confirms that officer Brian Sicknick died from natural causes not from being beat to death
The examiner said he found no evidence of internal or external injuries
U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of natural causes a day after the January 6 Capitol breach. The D.C. Medical Examiner’s office confirmed on April 19, ending speculation that he was beaten to death by Trump supporters.
Francisco J. Diaz, the chief medical examiner for Washington, told The Washington Post that Sicknick died January 7 after suffering two strokes and didn’t suffer and didn’t suffer from an allergic reaction after being sprayed with chemical irritants as he engaged with the crowd, Diaz said.
The examiner said he found no evidence of internal or external injuries, but he added that “all that transpired played a role in his condition.” Diaz didn’t elaborate, citing privacy laws.
Sicknick, 42, collapsed and died hours after returning to the office on January 7, Diaz said. He suffered two strokes at the base of his brain stem, the examiner said, caused by a clot in an artery that provides blood to that part of his brain. It isn’t clear whether Sicknick had a medical condition that would cause that.
With the development, prosecutors will likely have a much harder time pursuing homicide charges related to Sicknick’s death.
After the riots, The New York Times and other news outlets—citing anonymous sources—reported that Sicknick had been beaten with a fire extinguisher. Those reports were updated weeks later to say that his cause of death, at the time, was not determined. The allegation that protesters murdered Sicknick was invoked numerous times during the Democrat-led impeachment against former President Donald Trump. Source: theepochtimes.com.