One of the most troubling aspects of yesterday’s assault on the Capitol was how under-prepared and undermanned the police force was. There will certainly be investigations into the seemingly preventable situation.
There are numerous video’s of Trump supporters assaulting the officers. And now, according to CNN’s Kristin Wilson, one of those officers has died.
Wilson tweeted, “A US Capitol Police officer involved in the riots at the Capitol yesterday has died, according to two USCP sources.”
A US Capitol Police officer involved in the riots at the Capitol yesterday has died, according to two USCP sources
— Kristin Wilson (@kristin__wilson) January 7, 2021
This would mark the 5th death from Tuesday’s riots. A woman, now identified as Ashli Babbitt, was shot by officers while trying to break into the building. Babbitt, an Air Force veteran was a fierce Trump supporter and a QAnon believer.
One other man who died during the event, Kevin Greeson, passed away due to a heart attack. Greeson had recently posted pictures of himself holding machine guns on his Parler accounts.
The death of the Capitol officer is a still developing story with more to come.
Update: The police union issued a correction that the officer is on life support until his family can arrive.
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comic books and spending time at the shore with his family.