Mother of Deceased Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick: 'He Wasn't Hit on the Head'
Gladys Sicknick says, 'we don’t know anything for sure'
The mother of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who reportedly died after being beaten with a fire extinguisher on January 6, says that was not the case.
Gladys Sicknick said her son likely suffered a stroke instead of reports from the New York Times claiming he was set upon by a pro-Trump mob.
“He wasn’t hit on the head, no. We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure,” Gladys Sicknick told the Daily Mail.
“We’d love to know what happened.”
The Times reported at the time:
"At some point in the chaos — with the mob rampaging through the halls of Congress while lawmakers were forced to hide under their desks — he was struck with a fire extinguisher, according to two law enforcement officials."
Later in February, new reports surfaced suggesting the claim that Sicknick died from being struck by a fire extinguisher was false.
The NY Times quietly updated their story, changing the claim to Sicknick was not killed by a fire extinguisher.
The outlet used anonymous sources to make its original claim.
According to the NY Times’ update:
“New information has emerged regarding the death of the Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick that questions the initial cause of his death provided by officials close to the Capitol Police.”
Many elected officials used the false claims of Sicknick’s death to push for new terrorism laws.
Sicknick’s brother also disputed the reports of the death:
“[Officer Sicknick] texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape,” Ken Sicknick, said disputing key details of the original NY Times report.
There has also been no official report on Sicknick’s cause of death, and no autopsy report has been released.
Additionally, there is no footage showing demonstrators hitting Sicknick with a fire extinguisher.
An official Capitol Police statement said:
"Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on duty,” continuing to say, “Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the US Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters.
"He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
But it's even unclear when, where, and if Sicknick was even rushed to the hospital.
As Revolver reported:
Sicknick texted his own brother Ken that very night he was basically fine, other than being “pepper-sprayed twice,” confirming he was safe and “in good shape.”
Then, an odd thing happened. The next afternoon, the Sicknick family began getting phone calls that Officer Brian Sicknick had been declared dead.The phone calls didn’t come from the hospital. They didn’t come from the treating physicians.
They didn’t come from the US Capitol Police, or the FBI, or the DOJ.
But then the story got stranger. In a dark, twisted echo of Monty Python’s “bring out your dead” scene, it turned out Sicknick was not dead yet.
The US Capitol Police responded in a public statement late that Thursday evening that swirling media reports were untrue. Sicknick was still alive.
One hour later, as Sicknick’s family rushed to the hospital to see what they believed was their beloved Brian still fighting for his life, the US Capitol Police issued a further statement: now Sicknick was dead.
But even that statement contained a curious detail: Ken Sicknick had been told his brother collapsed inside the Capitol building, then was rushed to the hospital. Wikipedia’s entry on Sicknick still has this as the official story.