A second police officer who responded to the violent insurrection that rocked the Capitol Building on Jan. 6 has died by suicide.
Acting Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee told House appropriators during a closed-door session on Tuesday that Jeffrey Smith, a D.C. Police officer, and Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood both “took their own lives in the aftermath of that battle.”
Smith’s death had not been disclosed prior to Contee’s testimony.
A third member of law enforcement, Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, died from injuries he sustained during the Capitol attack.
“We honor the service and sacrifices of Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffery Smith, and offer condolences to all the grieving families,” Contee said in his testimony.
The report of an additional officer’s death once again shook Capitol Hill, where many members and staff are still reeling in the three weeks since the insurrection. Five people died as a result of the riots, and two officers later died by suicide — a death toll that has horrified lawmakers of both parties and led them to demand answers from Capitol security officials.
Congress is still grappling with the political ramifications of the events of Jan. 6, with the Senate in the early stages of an impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump. But lawmakers are also deep into an investigation into the many security lapses that left so many Capitol Police and MPD officers outnumbered and vulnerable to attack by the mob.
Lawmakers heard from law enforcement officials for the first time about the Capitol security breaches during the briefing with the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, when Yogananda D. Pittman, the acting head of the U.S. Capitol Police, said the department was outmanned and unprepared for the attack.
Pittman also admitted that the Capitol Police Board denied a request on Jan. 4 for additional support from the National Guard. It wasn’t until the building was overrun by a pro-Trump mob the panel relented, an hour after another plea was made.
Appropriators left the briefing with a number of questions — chiefly, that intelligence agencies had “ample evidence an angry mob would descend on Washington” and they failed to “act on this intelligence or adequately prepare for the looming threat,” House Appropriations Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said in a statement after the briefing.
Contee told appropriators that about 850 MPD officers responded to the riot and 65 members sustained documented injuries.
“Many more sustained injuries from the assault — scratches, bruises, eyes burning from bear mace — that they did not even bother to report,” he said.
MPD’s estimate for the response totals about $8.8 million, he said.
“The costs for this insurrection — both human and monetary — will be steep,” Contee said. “The immediate fiscal impact is still being calculated.”
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Hilary Clinton is making sure she lets people know she’s still around. Afraid they saw something rapist enabler?
It was not Trump supported who did this.Capitol Police caught The person’s who attactked the Capitol and it was the same people who attacked Portland Or.
If the courts and judges followed the the constitution and took the time to look into the illegals acts of fraud committed by the socialist left Democrats all this would have been avoided. I lost any respect I had for our politicians, judges, and courts for not protecting the Wrights of the American voter. This is a disgrace, and travesty to our country and the world community.
As facts surface concerning the riots of Jan.6,it reinforces the need for ALL the perpetrators to be arrested, tried and given the most severe punishment the law allows. This should also include the members of Congress who conspired to have other Congressmen killed or maimed! No excuses from the Republicans should be permitted!
Let’s make deal out of this but for months BLM n Antifa were destroying cities it was okay they were angry . Do how damage was done by Antifa n BLM how many die that wasn’t made too public because the protest were basically peaceful does the media think we’re that stupid . Those are terrorist groups still active today.
I don’t believe these officers committed suicide. They either saw or knew something that the DeepState didn’t want brought to light and I’m afraid there will be more unexplained deaths.
where was Hilary? bet you money these men knew something. those “rioters” were let into the capitol. I saw the videos of them moving the barriers, and taking selfies with the crowd inside. this was planned by Pelosi and her gang of miscreants to stop the opposition to the electoral college votes. it scared the hell out of her since her laptop was taken and turned over to the good guys. supposedly there were many instances of treasonous behavior on it. that is why she wants Trump banned from ever running again. he cost her and her cohort billions of dollars in graft. the rinos lost a ton of money also. some of their kids are in cahoots with drug Hunter Biden. or their nephews. Trump did his best to drain the swamp, he just didn’t realize the depth of it.#46 ILLEGITIMATE needs to be impeached for his quid pro quo and his involvement in selling government secrets to china through the “smartest man he knows”, his deranged son. the apple did not fall far from the diseased tree that is Joe Biden. we must work harder to get the demon rats out of congress. rinos need to go also. it is time for the honest Americans to stand up and say ENOUGH!!! that is why they are building the walls higher in d.c., to protect their sorry asses. they forgot one thing. there is no ceiling over d.c. so I would watch the Skys if I were them. someone, like china, will get to them before long. watch and see. where are the muslim pilots when you need them?????
hey augie. #46 ILLEGITIMATE just made Antifa a peaceful entity. he declared that the right wingers, like myself, are terrorists. you just can’t make this stuff up. like one man said, last nite he went to bed a free man, today he woke up deemed a terrorist. I guess burning looting and murdering people are just fine in the demon rat books, but people who are patriotic Americans are terrorists?/. and antifa are fine folks too, huh biden?
Suicides of police officers? Wut? Did they hide in a closet or ‘run for their lives’ like those congress clowns? This ‘riot,’ as bad as it was, hardly resembled ANYTHING like those riots that were ‘condoned,’ even ‘encouraged’ by our now VP Harris by bonding out those rioters that managed to get arrested. Not even one ‘molotov cocktail’ was thrown or a fire started. What catastrophic event would render someone so traumatized as to take their own life? Those folk not afflicted with that TDS disease want to know!
Suicide!? Who are you trying to fool? No, these men witnessed the Democrat planned attack and spoke to the wrong FBI investigators. Everything was on tv and cell phones. We saw the fraudulent votes on tv too. Shame on you for blackening their souls with lies.
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