By now the story is well known, but it’s also apparently false.
Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died after sustaining a head injury during the capitol riots. The New York Times reported that someone close to the Capitol Police said rioters hit Sicknick in the head with a fire extinguisher, which caused a brain injury that led to his death later that day. But now we know that’s not the case.
While the events that led to his death aren’t clear, medical examiners reported that Sicknick did not die from blunt force trauma, which means he did not perish from a blow to the head.
If you’re wondering if the New York Times will completely walk back the story, you can rest easy that the paper still holds the rioters responsible, which they might well be. In a follow-up article on the violence, the Times reported:
“The Capitol Police said in a statement that Officer Sicknick died from injuries sustained ‘while physically engaging with protesters.'”
As to what those injuries were, well, we still don’t know.