A second police officer who responded to the Capitol riots earlier this month has died by suicide.
This is utterly tragic...
It's hard to believe that the shocking riot that took place at the U.S Capitol building in Washington D.C happened over 3 weeks ago, right?
Well, even though a lot has happened since then, the aftermath is still very much apparent.
Of course, the people involved in the violence have since been dealt with by the authorities...
And they won't be getting away lightly with what they did.
But what about those who worked so hard to try and stop the rioters?
So many police officers and security guards were left severely injured after trying to calm the angry rioters, and now, it seems that the emotional strain has gotten to become too much for one police officer.
Another officer who responded to the riots has reportedly died from suicide...
Which has added to the tragic number of police officers and security guards who lost their lives as a result of that day.
Read on for the full story...
Where do we even start when it comes to the Capitol Hill riots that took place earlier this month?
It all started on January 6th when the former president, Donald Trump, held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C, just a few miles away from the White House.
Thousands of his eager supporters were there listening to and latching on to every word that came out of Trump's mouth.
Trump's refusal to concede to the winner of the 2020 election and the now-president, Joe Biden, seemed to fuel the anger amongst his supporters...
I interviewed a Trump supporter at a 'Stop the Steal' protest LIVE on the BBC after Joe Biden won. It was...hectic pic.twitter.com/dOmQKlOQJJ— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) November 8, 2020
And the overwhelming presence of far-right extremists is now more apparent than ever.
Trump repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and how they needed to "take the election back"...
Before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."
He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.
This resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...
Where hell was well and truly unleashed.
A joint session of Congress was underway to certify Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.
“Glass is all over the place.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shows Lesley Stahl the destruction in her office after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some of them in search of Speaker Pelosi. https://t.co/lZbCRGlV5P pic.twitter.com/GbDo2pEEQI— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 11, 2021
Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.
People began smashing down windows and doors, looting valuable items, and even breaking into Nancy Pelosi's office and taking some of her personal possessions.
And to make things even more terrifying...
Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Pelosi.
Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead - but it just goes to show the alarming ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.
While Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement to try and calm his supports, he instead (and eventually) tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...
🇺🇸 Donald #Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful".— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 7, 2021
Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special," ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/u7qgrnJYKh
All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."
Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress and it really didn't help that Trump was refusing to take responsibility for the riots.
His reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Of course, we all know how much Trump loved to tweet, so this was a huge deal.
Things just seemed to be getting worse and worse for Trump...
And alongside hundreds of his supporters being arrested and charged for their involvement in the riots, Congress were having some serious talks about what to do about his lack of concern over the violence caused by his army of followers.
It didn't take long for Pelosi to prepare a vote to impeach Trump for the second time in his first and only presidential term...
And even though Vice-President Mike Pence refused to invoke the 25th amendment, which is what would have removed Trump from office immediately, it was voted shortly afterward to go forward with the impeachment.
On the afternoon of January 13th, Donald Trump was officially impeached, making him the only president in U.S history to be impeached more than once.
The final vote was 232-197, as per The Guardian, though the matter is yet to go before the Senate which will decide whether he should be convicted.
We're sure that all of his supporters who stormed the Capitol that day did not expect this...
And we're also sure that they didn't expect to have legal action taken against them for their violent and illegal acts.
But perhaps the worst thing that came out of this terrible event was the amount of death that was caused.
BREAKING: U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick died from injuries sustained while on duty during the Wednesday riot, per Capitol Police spokesperson. The death will be investigated as a homicide. pic.twitter.com/CsGApiAgXt— Roshan Rinaldi (@Roshan_Rinaldi) January 8, 2021
5 people in total were killed during the riots, one of which was Capitol police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, who was attacked by numerous members of the violent mob.
He later died from his injuries, according to The Guardian.
The remaining 4 were among the supporters of Trump who stormed the Capitol...
I took a bus from Harrisburg to DC with Trump supporter and trip organizer Ben Philips yesterday. As he drove down, he told me: "It seems like the first day of the rest of our lives."— Julia Terruso (@JuliaTerruso) January 7, 2021
He died in DC yesterday. My story:https://t.co/DQ5h4AV8aO
And the news of these terrible deaths have certainly shocked the world.
But in the days following the riots, more tragedy was to follow.
Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide within days of responding to the scene.
And now, a second police officer has taken his own life after responding to the riots.
Jeffrey Smith, the second officer to die by suicide after responding to the riot at the Capitol, was a 12-year veteran of the force, per DC MPD spokesperson— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) January 27, 2021
On Tuesday, acting D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee III revealed in his opening statement to a closed session of the House Appropriations Committee that one of his officers, Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after the riot.
Smith, who was thirty-five-years-old, had been a law enforcement officer for twelve years...
35 year-old Jeffrey Smith is the 3rd police officer to die & the 2nd to die from suicide after the violent mob of Trump culters, incited by his repeated false claims ofelection fraud, stormed the Capitol building as lawmakers gathered to certify the Electoral College votes. pic.twitter.com/de5bpaTKIu— Princella D. Smith (@princellasmith) January 28, 2021
And he was assigned to the Washington, D.C., neighborhoods of Cleveland Park and Georgetown.
Contee paid tribute to all of the 3 fallen officers who responded to the riots:
"We honor the service and sacrifices of Officers Brian Sicknick, Howard Liebengood, and Jeffery Smith, and offer condolences to all the grieving families."
Rest in Peace to all of the officers who lost their lives to the violence that took place at the Capitol on that fateful day.
Our deepest thoughts and condolences go out to their families during this terrible time.