Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions

Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions

Fourth Capitol Police Officer Suicide Raises Questions

Another Capitol police officer has committed suicide, bringing the toll to four such deaths from the force which defended the Capitol building. Kyle DeFreytag, who died on July 10, followed Officer Gunther Hashida, who was found dead in his home the week before. Officers Howard Liebengood and Jeffrey Smith took their lives in January.

All four of these men had one thing in common: they took part in responding to the Capitol riots on January 6. In fact, a rioter had hit Smith in the head with a pole, causing him constant pain, according to his widow. He shot himself the day before he was to return to work.

Needless to say, blame and conspiracies are flying from both sides of the political divide.

Tuesday morning’s edition of CNN’s New Day interviewed former DC police chief Charles Ramsey, when Anchor Brianna Keilar asked this leading question:

“They want to know if Congress is taking seriously what happened to them on January 6th. Does that contribute to the trauma, the fact that some lawmakers are whitewashing the events?”

“Lawmakers whitewashing the events” — Keilar means Republican lawmakers, of course.

Ramsey answered with an emphatic yes.

“Sure it does, and it’s not just for the Capitol Police, although, you know, the Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police were there in the literal battle that was taking place there, but for police officers across the country. ‘

“When you hear our elected officials, people that you should really look up to start to try to spin a story of something as serious as what took place on January 6th and try to make it into something that never happened, it was just like a regular tourist event. . . ”

Liberal website Mediate spun Ramsey’s response into an article with this title: Former DC Police Chief Directly Connects Insurrection-Denying Republicans With Capitol Police Suicides. Well, of course. Now they just don’t blame Trump. They blame Republicans, too.

However, at Twitter, Dean Obeidallah didn’t just accuse Trump. He also pointed his finger at the reliable boogeyman, Fox News.

But others have their own ideas about the cause of these suicides as well. So let’s just say some are a little more conspiratorial.

For example, one woman wondered if Hillary Clinton ordered their deaths.

However, combat photographer Michael Yon blamed poor training and leadership of the police:

“Capitol police should be taken off the line. Angry outbursts. Crying rivers. Four suicides. This outfit is weak and poorly led. The entire must be taken off duty. When you see units like this in combat, watch out. Bad shit coming.”

The day after the riots, a staff editorial at the Washington Post called the police the Keystone Cops.

capitol police

Tim Evanson/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0.

Meanwhile, this woman wondered about the effects of . . . bear spray. Yes, really. Bear spray.

Now I don’t cotton to conspiracy theories, and I’m not a progressive out to blame Trump and the GOP for All The Things. Nor am I a police officer, nor has anyone in my family served as a cop.

However, I’ve learned that police suicides have been up. In Chicago, for example, the police suicide rate is 60% higher than the national average for LEOs. One former member of the the CPD said it was the dead kids who got to her most, especially a little boy who was thrown from a window because he wouldn’t steal candy. And that happened 30 years ago:

“The kids that you see here, they stay with you the most. Everyone says that you, you can’t describe the horror and the nightmares and the feeling of not being as useful as you can be knowing that it’s out of your hands.”

So what had those four police officers seen over their careers? Did the Capitol riots finally push them over the edge? Or, as Yon surmised, maybe they didn’t get adequate training. Or perhaps the support they needed on January 6.

And then there’s the effects of Covid and lockdowns and anti-police sentiment, including in Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Washington, DC. Perhaps all these things added up for these four officers.

However, four officers of this police force committing suicide does raise lots of questions. It’s the type of thing that makes you go hmmm. Unfortunately, the media and the public are so polarized that I wonder if we’ll ever know the true reasons for these tragedies.


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  • cirby says:

    “Yeah, you were there on January 6th, we know it was stressful, and we know that the press is lying their asses off about it. But if you crack and tell the truth, you’re going to get fired, you won’t get a pension, and we’ll make sure you never work in law enforcement again. And then we’ll get nasty. So stick with the narrative.”

    • James K Ratliff says:

      Speaking as a retired officer, could we check into their lives s little bit. They had much more in common that working there that day. And none of that matters. 6 hours doing there job isn’t the reason. How about bills, marriages, past history, drugs and alcohol and checking out the baby sitter come to mind. Let’s rule out the usual stuff shall we?

  • Anna A says:

    I don’t have the truth, but I can see the pressure of fighting against citizens that didn’t seem to be rioting, whether or not the FBI pushed things.

    I can see just the normal pressure of being a cop, especially if your hands are tied if you want to go after violent criminals

    I can see them being Arkancided

    I cannot imagine thinking that death was the best of bad options. My thoughts and prayers for their families.

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  • Jed C. says:

    It’s going to be very difficult for most people to grasp the incredibly vast scale of crime and corruption and the depth of depravity that is Washington DC. The entire federal complex is a massive money laundering operation infested with spies and schemers and crooks from all over the globe.

    The Democrat party is a national Mafia, but it has lost control. Biden, McConnell, Feinstein, Pelosi, and many more are stuffed with ChiCom (and other) cash, and more. It’s a good bet that the Mossad was paying Epstein to get the dirt on all the elite for decades. The Russians have been working to infiltrate and subvert our republic for almost a century. And they know how.

    There’s no doubt that the Jan 6 fiasco was planned and set up by panicking deep state actors, because they still fear Trump and the wrath of all patriotic Americans. Exposure of their many heinous crimes means death sentences for hundreds, if not thousands, of traitors.

    Is it any wonder that a few of the palace guards, when they see the full horror of the satanic pit they are falling into, decide they can’t take it, and they need out *now*, no matter the cost? What’s truly sad is how many still remain, and how few break away.

    But the time is coming soon for it to end. The entire rotten edifice is crumbling and cracking under the weight of their evil. – And it will be SOON. Make ready.

  • Herp McDerp says:

    Quite a few people who commit suicide leave notes explaining their reasons for killing themselves. Did these four officers leave suicide notes? If they did, have the contents been made public? Have any of our major media “journalists” ASKED?

  • William Dalasio says:

    “However, four officers of a 3800-member force committing suicide does raise lots of questions.”

    Not really. 4 suicides in a 3,800 force over 6 months translates to an annual rate of 2.1 per 100,000. The suicide rate for cops generally is 1.7 per 100,000. It’s definitely on the high side. But, if suicides tend to cluster, not outside normal expectations.

    • Midnight Yell says:

      4:3800 in 6mos would be 8:3800 over a year. 8:3800 is 210:100000 or two-hundred-ten per one hundred thousand. Or, 124x the average for police officers of 1.7:100k

  • Oldfogey says:

    A force 3800 strong couldn’t stop a couple of hundred civilians and desperately needed the National Guard to help? 3800 vs 200? Why is it only a small number of the total Capitol Police force was involved on Jan 6th? Who gave the orders to stay home and don’t come in to help your fellow officers? Many unanswered questions will still be unanswered after the hearings.

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  • TallDave says:

    no doubt the same press that repeated for weeks that Sicknick was brutally murdered with a fire extinguisher will do their best to ignore all the facts

  • Stephanie Mayerhofer says:

    One serious question is: If this officer died on July 10, why did it take so long for the announcement to be made? Seems a little suspicious to me.

  • KId Handcock says:

    Suicides seem to trigger more suicides, in Schools, Corporations, Military, Government. A very recent prior suicide, may just lower the inhibition against suicide. Suicide is also a homicide, but the perpetrator doesn’t take it out on others. Blacks murder. Whites commit suicide.

  • Johnny says:

    “Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action.”
    Four times?
    There are only two options.
    Either the cognitive dissonance between what they knew about what actually happened versus the narrative they were being forced to portray was so great that an inordinate number of them were pushed to extreme measures, or their knowledge of what actually happened was so dangerous to the purveyors of the narrative (perhaps because they were perceived as unwilling to play along) that they had to be neutralized.
    In other words, are we 100% sure these were all suicides?

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