While all of the deaths are tragic for their families, the fact remains that the only homicide committed at the U.S. Capitol that day was by an officer. We do not yet know whether that homicide was justified. If this was an “insurrection,” it was the least deadly one in human history.
A US police officer who died after January’s Capitol riot had two strokes and died from natural causes, the chief medical examiner for Washington DC has ruled.
Two men are accused of using a type of pepper spray on Officer Brian Sicknick.
However, the ruling means they are now unlikely to be charged with homicide.
The autopsy found no evidence of an allergic reaction to chemicals, nor of internal or external injuries, Dr Francisco Diaz said.
Officer Sicknick, 42, was defending the Capitol building from supporters of then President Donald Trump who stormed it on 6 January. He collapsed after returning to his office during the siege, and died the next day in hospital.
In his ruling, Dr Diaz found Officer Sicknick died of a medical condition which was not brought on by an injury.
Speculation over Officer Sicknick’s death was the source of widespread disinformation after the New York Times reported erroneously that protesters had bludgeoned him with a fire extinguisher – a claim the newspaper later retracted.
Four other people died in the Capitol riot – all pro-Trump protesters: unarmed Ashli Babbitt was shot at point blank range by a Capitol Police officer; two others died of heart failure and one from an amphetamine overdose.