A 29-year law enforcement veteran warns that if Democrats and the media try to make the suicides of four police officers who were on duty during the Capitol incursion a political issue, they may not like what they get.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department confirmed on Monday that Officer Gunther Hashida and Officer Kyle DeFreytag, who responded to the United States Capitol on Jan. 6, died in July.
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According to the department, Hashida was discovered on July 29 and DeFreytag on July 10. Two other officers who were present that day, Howard Liebengood and Jeffrey Smith, committed themselves earlier this year.
“We are unable to tell if the officers’ deaths are linked to the events of January 6,” said Kristen Metzger, a spokesperson for the department.
However, the media will not be deterred. Multiple publications included evidence from Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, who testified before a Democrat-controlled House subcommittee on the Capitol intrusion, in their coverage of the suicides.
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According to CNN, Dunn stated, “More than six months later, Jan. 6 still isn’t finished for me.” “I know there are a lot of other cops who are still in pain, both physically and emotionally.”
Dunn said he’d sought counseling “for the persistent” problem.
Of course, the timing of Dunn’s testimony and the deaths of Hashida, DeFreytag, and two other policemen who responded on Jan. 6 suggests causation. Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a 29-year member of a suburban Chicago police force and the National Police Association’s spokeswoman, wants to know where these media outlets were for a whole year when police officers were being “vilified.”
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Even if the media and the left are prepared to politicize these tragedies, Smith stated in an interview with the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom that we will “never know” why the policemen took their lives. While the wives of two of the officers have blamed the incursion for their husbands’ deaths.
This is significant because, as Smith pointed out, suicide among law enforcement professionals is tragically widespread, even in the best of times.
“We have no idea why these cops took their own lives. From the moment they graduate from the police academy, police officers are exposed to horrific situations on a daily basis. We don’t know why any police officer kills themself unless they provide a thorough narrative, which the majority don’t,” she told the Daily Mail.
“As far as I know, none of [these four] policemen left any type of thorough narrative of why they did what they did. That is why it is critical that we should not assume and politicize. We’ll never find out.”
There will be 560 in 2020. With 367 already through June, this year is on track to break that record.
In addition, 68 officers were left without a pension. In the entire year of 2017, that number was 37.
“People mistakenly believe we are the enemy, but we are not. One recently retired officer told WBBM, “All we’re trying to do is aid the people of the community, the city of Chicago.”
“People spit on us. You know, we get stuff thrown at us, and they’re fighting with us. Not just the protestors, but everyone is calling us names,” the former cop stated. “However, you have people in government who are supposed to be on our side.”
They don’t, at least not in most cases.
“We could accomplish our duties if someone stood behind us. But, once again, the danger of lawsuits, indictments, and officers being dismissed is suffocating us.”
This is a national trend as well, and it’s most likely for the same reasons. There won’t be much sympathy in the pages of Slate and The Daily Beast, or from elected Democrats, for these cops, or the other 18 who have died by suicide so far in 2021.
They don’t care if you were a law enforcement officer who was traumatized in the past year for reasons other than what happened on Jan. 6 at the United States Capitol. In fact, you’re more likely to come across those publications and politely decline them.
That’s why cops are leaving – and you won’t see any new ones come in their place, not when the Democrats and the media are only willing to back off from condemning cops when their deaths can be exploited to score cheap political points against Donald Trump.