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Have 'almost ten' deaths been directly attributed to the Jan. 6 Capitol siege?

Thursday, October 28, 2021
By Austin Tannenbaum
NO

Only five deaths — one cop and four rioters — are directly attributable to the siege:

  • Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died of a stroke after being beaten by rioters.
  • Ashli Babbitt, who died after being shot while attempting to breach a broken window.
  • Kevin Greeson, who died of a heart attack.
  • Rosanne Boyland, who appears to have been crushed to death.
  • Benjamin Philips, who died of a stroke.

Four additional police officers present at the siege have since committed suicide. While the reasons remain unclear, the wife of one officer claims her husband became deeply depressed following the siege, where he was punched and hit in the head with a metal pole.

In July, officers testified to Congress that they feared they might die during the siege as they were beaten, threatened, and taunted with racial insults. 

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