No Police Officers Were Killed on Jan. 6, But Ashlii Babbitt Was Shot by Police and Died

Michael W. Chapman | January 9, 2023 | 10:45am EST
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House Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)  (Getty Images)
House Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) (Getty Images)

(CNS -- Contrary to the claims and inferences by Democrat Party leaders and many people in the left-wing media, not one Capitol Police officer was killed during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

However, three Trump supporters at the event died, two by natural causes and one by accident. Also, a fourth Trump supporter, Air Force veteran Ashlii Babbitt, was shot and killed by Police Officer Lt. Michael Byrd. 

In a Jan. 6, 2023 tweet, House Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, commented, "Thinking of the families of law enforcement officers we lost that dark day."

On Jan. 5, 2023, President Joe Biden at a public event said, "Jill and I have mourned police officers in this Capitol rotunda not once but twice in the wake of January 6. Once to honor Officer Brian Sicknick, who lost his life the day after the attack. The second time to honor Officer Billy Evans, who lost his life defending the Capitol as well.”

As the autopsy report by the D.C. Chief Medical Examiner documents, Officer Brian Sicknick died of "natural" causes on Jan. 7. He died from "acute brainstem and cerebellar infarcts due to acute basilar artery thrombosis," states the report. In layman's terms, Officer Sicknick died from strokes. The "manner of death" was officially declared "natural."

Police Officer Billy Evans did not die "defending the Capitol" on Jan. 6, 2021. He was deliberately hit by a car at the Capitol on April 2, 2021; the driver of the vehicle was Noah Green, a "vocal defender of the Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan." 

Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. He did not die there. Later, on Jan. 15, he committed suicide by shooting himself.

Another Metropolitan Police Officer, Gunther Hashida, was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. On July 29, 2021, nearly eight months after the Capitol riot, Hashida committed suicide. 

Police Officer Howard Liebengood also committed suicide on Jan. 9, 2021.

Speaking on the House floor on Jan. 2, 2023, newly elected Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) stated, "We are gathered here to honor their memory and acknowledge with deep gratitude the tremendous bravery of the hundreds of officers who defended us at this citadel of democracy that fateful day."

"As a result of the events on January 6, the lives of five heroic officers were lost," he added. 

Yet not one police officer was killed (or died) on Jan. 6, 2021.

Commenting on Jeffries remarks, conservative commentator Tucker Carlson said on his FNC program, Tucker Carlson Tonight, "'Five heroic officers were lost,' he said. It's almost impossible to believe that adults could stand behind him as he said that because everyone in the picture you just saw knows that is not true."

"It's not a stilted interpretation of events," said Carlson. "It's a flat out lie. No police officers were killed on January 6th. Period. Ashli Babbitt was killed on January 6th."

The four Trump supporters who died on Jan. 6, 2021 were Kevin Greenson, Benjamin Phillips, Rosanne Boyland, and Ashlii Babbitt.

Greenson, a 55-year-old from Alabama, “had a history of high blood pressure and suffered a heart attack,” according to family members cited by the Associated Press. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed that his manner of death was "natural," and the cause of death “hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.”

Benjamin Phillips, 50, also died a natural death by hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to the report by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Roseanne Boyland, 34, died of acute amphetamine intoxication, and her manner of death was classified as an "accident."

Air Force veteran Ashlii Babbitt, 35, was shot in the neck by Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd as she tried to climb through a broken glass door in the Capitol.  Babbitt was unarmed and was petite in stature. 

Commenting on Babbitt's death, Carlson said on Jan. 6, 2023, "Two years ago today, a Capitol Hill police officer called Michael Byrd shot an unarmed woman in the neck. At the time of that killing, Byrd had a documented history of gross negligence with a firearm. He left a loaded Glock pistol in a public men's room at the Capitol, which for a law enforcement official is a firing offense.

"But for some reason, Michael Byrd was still on the force that day. The woman he killed was called Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt was a married 14-year veteran of the US military. She ran a pool cleaning company with her husband in San Diego. Physically, she was tiny. She was also unarmed.

"Michael Byrd later admitted he had no indication at all that Babbitt was carrying a weapon. She posed no visible threat. He killed her anyway.

"Under normal circumstances, Byrd would have been fired immediately and charged with murder, which he clearly committed, but that's not what happened.

Air Force veteran Ashlii Babbitt, 1985-2021.  (Screenshot, Twitter)
Air Force veteran Ashlii Babbitt, 1985-2021. (Screenshot, Twitter)

"After doing essentially no investigation into the shooting, Nancy Pelosi's congressional police force declared Byrd a national hero and the media strongly agreed."

In February 2019, Officer Byrd left his gun, a Glock 22, in a bathroom in the U.S. Capitol. It was found later that day in a routine security sweep. Byrd said the incident was a "terrible mistake" and he "was penalized for it."

Byrd's shooting of Babbitt was the first time he had discharged his weapon in 28 years as a policeman. 

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