Something bad is happening to cops on Capitol Hill, even more dangerous than the events of the January 6th riot.
Over the past six months, there has been a rash of suicides among young officers…and almost no one is talking about it.
This was first brought to the public’s attention when officials announced that a FOURTH police officer who clashed with Capitol rioters on January 6 has killed himself. This latest death puts the suicide rate among Capitol and DC cops at 6x higher than it is among the rest of the nation’s law enforcement—a profession that already has the HIGHEST rate of suicides.
That’s frightening, to say the least.
Kyle DeFreytag, 26, with five years of service with the Capitol Police Force, killed himself on July 10th. DeFreytag was one of the dozens of police officers that responded to the Capitol riot and even worked a later shift afterwards when he was tasked with enforcing the city’s curfew as people rioted and protested throughout the night.
He was the latest in a rash of suicides since that day, as three other cops who responded to the Capitol that day have also killed themselves. Howard Liebengood, 51, Jeffrey Smith, 35, and Gunther Hashida, 43, all took their own lives in the days after the event.
A Trend Worth Investigating
This frightening trend is leading to fears that there are long-term psychological effects that the riot might have had on the officers involved. Worse, in some circles, it has brought up questions of whether any kind of foul play may have been involved in these deaths.
Of course, that’s all speculative at the moment.
Right now, our sympathies should be for these men’s families. Their losses were unnecessary and tragic.
The silver lining in this is that, so far, most of the men’s families have not blamed their deaths on the events of January 6. In large part, their next-of-kin have been quiet publicly, aside from the widow of Jeffrey Smith, who said previously that her husband slipped into a deep depression after the incident and “wasn’t the same.”
Smith shot himself in his car while on his way to the overnight shift.
Howard Liebengood was the first officer to take his life after the riot. He had worked in the Senate and his loved ones said afterwards it was his favorite posting. The details of his death were not revealed.
Gunther Hashida was found dead in his home.
Of course, the Left is using these suicides as fodder for headlines, doing what the families of these men refused to do: making it political.
Democrats Gonna Democrat
Democrat representative Jennifer Wexton (D-VA) said in a statement: “We know that if not for the events of January 6, Officer Howie Liebengood would still be with us today. His death was a direct result of his defending the US Capitol, an institution that he was devoted to and loved. I will continue to fight for proper recognition for Howie and his family.”
Can you believe that?
This woman, who had never heard of Howard Liebengood before, is now stating that the reason he took his life was 100% because of the riot.
It doesn’t take an expert to know that a person’s reasons for committing suicide are always complicated and personal. Even if the riot had a hand in it, there is a LOT more at play than just the events of January the 6th. Nobody breaks that easily.
However, Rep Wexton seems to have enough expertise in the field to make a ridiculous statement like that. She should be ashamed.
To tell you the truth, ensuring that more DC cops don’t commit suicide is a MUCH better and nobler cause than trying to figure out what happened at the riot itself.
Why isn’t Nancy Pelosi making this a priority? Why don’t we have a Capitol Police Suicide Prevention Commission?
Simple: because it’s not going to get her narrative much coverage.
But you KNOW they’d try to spin it into something like that.
There needs to be some action taken by the police departments in DC.
We need to find a way to help those in their ranks that are hurting in any way, because an emotional officer is an unfocused officer, and we need all hands on deck while our cities fall into lawlessness.
Let’s give these guys the support they need.
Our sympathies go out to the families of these men and we hope they find peace with this tragedy.
“We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.” – George Sand