Cop who testified Sicknick died from line-of-duty injuries didn’t mean it ‘as a medical diagnosis’

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn is not a doctor, and he apparently isn’t playing one on TV, prompting his lawyer to subsequently try to justify his client’s apparent perpetuation of January 6-related mythology.

On day one of the congressional investigative committee hearings into the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Dunn began his testimony, in what seems like an orchestrated moment for corporate media, by calling for a moment of silence for fellow officer Brian Sicknick who “died from injuries he sustained in the line of duty…”

Dunn, whom Fox News host Tucker Carlson has previously described as an “angry, left-wing political activist,” made this statement despite an April 2021 ruling from the Washington, D.C., chief medical examiner that Sicknick sadly died on January 7 of natural causes after suffering two strokes following the riot at the Capitol.

Initial reports after the event falsely suggested that the officer was struck with a fire extinguisher.

Authorities who have brought charges against more than 160 rioters have not charged anyone in connection with Officer Sicknick’s death.

With a certain amount of deflection, Dunn’s lawyer to some degree tried to walk back his client’s claims while implying that it represented the officer’s personal truth.

“Officer Dunn’s comments were in line with what his law enforcement colleagues believe, which is that they consider the events of Jan. 6 to have been a factor in Officer Sicknick’s death. Whether it was a primary cause or even just 1% is irrelevant. Officer Sicknick died in the line of duty. That’s all they need to know,” Attorney Mark Zaid told the Washington Examiner.

“Officer Dunn’s statement reflects his personal view of how Officer Sicknick lost his life, and that was in the line of duty fighting against insurrectionists who tried to overthrow the U.S. government. His comments were not meant to be interpreted as a medical diagnosis,” he added.

The Capitol Police as an organization also seems to be abiding by the same narrative. In an April press release, the law enforcement agency said that “The USCP accepts the findings from the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner that Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes. This does not change the fact Officer Sicknick died in the line of duty, courageously defending Congress and the Capitol.”

As many have noted, unarmed U.S. Air Force vet Ashli Babbitt was the only person who died on January 6 after being shot by a Capitol Police officer under circumstances that have yet to be disclosed.

Twitter users are anything but silent about the lawyer’s attempt at damage control for Officer Dunn. Here is a sampling:

Robert Jonathan

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