NYT corrects report on Brian Sicknick’s death

The New York Times recently corrected a report that originally claimed Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death was a result of blunt force trauma from being struck in the head with a fire extinguisher by pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6.

The report was first published by the paper on January 8 and was updated with the following information on February 12:

“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 also contradicted the report in a separate report on February 11. That story asserted: “Investigators have found little evidence to back up the attack with the fire extinguisher as the cause of death, the official said. Instead, they increasingly suspect that a factor was Officer Sicknick being sprayed in the face by some sort of irritant, like mace or bear spray, the law enforcement official said.”

It was also revealed on January 8 by investigative journalism site ProPublica that Sicknick’s family had communicated with him after he was injured and there was no such discussion of a fire extinguisher. At the time, the family was on their way to Washington from New Jersey.

“He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape,” Ken Sicknick, his brother, told ProPublica. “Apparently he collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR.”

The family members say Sicknick was later placed on a ventilator and later passed before they made it to the hospital to see him. An investigation is still ongoing into the cause of the late Officer Sicknick’s death.

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