New York Times issues correction of story about death of Capitol police officer

by Jordyn Pair · Feb 15th, 2021 11:51 am
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Last Updated Feb 22nd, 2021 at 6:05 pm

The New York times issued a correction on Sunday of a story about the death of a Capitol police officer following the January 6 riots at the Capitol building.

The outlet had originally reported that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick had died after being hit with a fire extinguisher, a claim that had been picked up by a variety of media sources.

"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," the Times wrote in its correction.

The outlet also corrected the body of the article.

"Law enforcement officials initially said Mr. Sicknick was struck with a fire extinguisher, but weeks later, police sources and investigators were at odds over whether he was hit," the story now reads. "Medical experts have said he did not die of blunt force trauma, according to one law enforcement official."

Sicknick had texted his brother after the Capitol riot saying that he had been pepper sprayed twice but was otherwise "in good shape."

The Times, which had cited anonymous sources, had originally said that Sicknick died "from brain injuries he sustained after Trump loyalists who overtook the complex struck him in the dead with a fire extinguisher."

Capitol police said that he later had a stroke. It is now being investigated if he inhaled bear spray, which may have led to his death.


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