50837112096_407ff1912d_k (1)

Five cops who fought the January 6th mob are dead. Where is the FOP?

Four police officers have died by suicide in the months since they spent hours battling a pro-Trump mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to violently stop the congressional certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory on Jan. 6.

 

Yet another, Officer Brian Sicknick, died the day after the battle. While the official coroner’s report says Sicknick died of natural causes, I agree with the sentiment expressed by Sicknick’s colleague, Officer Harry Dunn, who began his congressional testimony on the January insurrection by requesting a moment of silence for Sicknick. Dunn said that Sicknick “died from injuries he sustained in the line of duty defending the Capitol of our beloved democracy.”

 

The physical and psychological beating the officers endured that day has inflicted great harm. And while we don’t know that the trauma of Jan. 6 is the only thing driving these suicides, at least one expert says it’s unusual for numerous officers from a single crime scene to kill themselves.

 

Considering that five officers with ties to the Jan. 6 insurrection — which also claimed the lives of four civilians — have died, I have to wonder: Where is the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)? Why isn’t it holding news conferences to denounce the mob that physically attacked its members, like local FOP president John McNesby did when he called peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters “rabid animals”? Why hasn’t it staunchly defended the split-second decision of the officer who shot and killed rioter Ashli Babbitt, like it did when a Columbus, Ohio, police officer killed Ma’Khia Bryant? Most importantly, why isn’t it publicly advocating for the officers who endured hours of brutal hand-to-hand combat to receive all the mental and physical health care they require?

 

Click here to read the rest of this Philadelphia Inquirer column
Photo: Makeshift Fence Memorials to Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood By. Elvert Barnes

Leave a Comment
placeholder_advertisement

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Subscribe for More

This is my 11th book, but receiving the first copies never gets old. Check out the big reveal of #10lives10demands  and order it now wherever books are sold! #racialjustice #blacklivesmatter
My mom’s got the Black New Year’s feast on the stove. Black-eyed peas, greens, chicken, macaroni and cheese and so much more. Check it out!
The Christmas light show in Macys downtown #Philly never gets old
In less than a month my book, TEN LIVES, TEN DEMANDS is out, and I wanted to break down how to use these demands as a starting point and take action. #10Lives10Demands
Tonight at 9 pm on @revolttv we discuss Phillys #gunviolence crisis. Myself, @councilmemberkj 
 and @techlifesteph break down the role of social media and more with @ebonikwilliams. @manupphl
@onwurd @phillyinquirer
This!
I’m a huge Jalen Hurts fan, but this loss is on him. I know Scott fumbled and Reagor dropped that last pass, but you can’t throw 3 interceptions in a game. Hopefully he learns from this and stops forcing passes into coverage. #frustrating
The acquittal of #KyleRittenhouse opens the door for white vigilantes to kill anyone they want to. It also puts a spotlight on the judge’s biased actions during the trial.
God is so good. Two years ago today we founded @ManUpPHL with a  citywide meeting on gun violence. Tonight we celebrate that with a dinner and strategy session with mentors and mentees who are working together to change lives. We are fully funded, we have committed volunteers, and we have a Listening to the Streets initiative that gets brothers off the streets and into jobs. This week we release our first white paper based on that program. We work to end gun violence one life at a time. Can’t wait to see what the next two years brings!
Hanging out with my friend and colleague Lady B and our great boss Jay Dixon last night at the Universoul Circus. Lady B got a well-deserved community award from the NAACP. Go @ClassixPhilly!
Hanging out with my friend and colleague Lady B and our great boss Jay Dixon last night at the Universoul Circus. Lady B got a well-deserved community award from the NAACP. Go @ClassixPhilly!
My church, Great Commission Church Philly, is seeking 10 families to bless this coming Sunday as an expression of our thanks to God. If your family could use this blessing and can join us for worship, register at https://forms.gle/ggnk91nzTdUSTxtH6 or text us at 267-991-8907 for details.
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments