Days After Capitol Riot Off-Duty Capitol Police Officer Dies by Suicide - WSJ.com

  

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By:   Siobhan Hughes and Natalie Andrews (WSJ)

Days After Capitol Riot Off-Duty Capitol Police Officer Dies by Suicide - WSJ.com
Another U.S. Capitol Police officer has died in the days following the riot by a pro-Trump mob at the Capitol. Capitol Police in a statement on Sunday said Howard Liebengood, 51-years-old, had died. A police union official said the cause of death was suicide."Mr. Liebengood's family members wish

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Days After Capitol Riot Off-Duty Capitol Police Officer Dies by Suicide


By Siobhan Hughes and Natalie Andrews

Another U.S. Capitol Police officer has died in the days following the riot by a pro-Trump mob at the Capitol.

Capitol Police in a statement on Sunday said Howard Liebengood, 51-years-old, had died. A police union official said the cause of death was suicide.

"Mr. Liebengood's family members wish to grieve privately as they mourn the sudden and heartbreaking loss of Howard Liebengood," said Barry Pollack, an attorney for the family, in a statement. "He will be sorely missed."

It wasn't known if Mr. Liebengood's death was related to the riot.

"I'll be interested in finding out if there was a connection with Officer Liebengood," said Sen. Roy Blunt (R., Mo.) on "Face the Nation." "But mostly I'm interested in reaching out to both of these families. These are people we saw every day, particularly Officer Liebengood, who was very much assigned to the Senate side of the building."

Mr. Liebengood was assigned to the Senate division and had been with the department since 2005, according to a spokeswoman for the force. He was well-known on Capitol Hill, where his late father had served as chief of staff to former Republican Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee and sergeant-at-arms from 1981-1983.

"Don't. you dare question my calling him fantastic," said Matt Waldrip, chief of staff to Sen. Mitt Romney (R., Utah) on Twitter. "Talking with him was often the best part of my Senate day." He said that "I know Howie well enough to know he did everything he could on Wednesday" and that "we pray for his family and for all who are grieving as I am."

Mr. Frist said that he hadn't spoken to the family.

The death occurred days after a mob stormed the U.S. Capitol seeking to step the certification of the Electoral College votes that awarded Democrat Joe Biden the presidency in the November elections. It was the second death of a police officer in recent days and followed the death of Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was struck in the head with a fire extinguisher during Wednesday's unrest, according to a law-enforcement official.


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sandy-2021492
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1  seeder  sandy-2021492    2 weeks ago
Another U.S. Capitol Police officer has died in the days following the riot by a pro-Trump mob at the Capitol. Capitol Police in a statement on Sunday said Howard Liebengood, 51-years-old, had died. A police union official said the cause of death was suicide.
 
 
 
Bob Nelson
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2  Bob Nelson    2 weeks ago

Let's not speculate.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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2.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Bob Nelson @2    2 weeks ago

I guess I'll suck my speculation back in, but from what I can tell, most, if not all updated articles, are listing suicide as the cause.

 
 
 
Bob Nelson
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2.1.1  Bob Nelson  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @2.1    2 weeks ago

Probably. I meant, let's not speculate about "why".

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
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2.1.2  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Bob Nelson @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

Very good. The man's family deserve some time to digest this horrible most unfortunate event.

 
 
 
Kavika
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3  Kavika     2 weeks ago

RIP, no matter the cause he was in a lot of mental pain. 

His family needs to try and understand what happened.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

We are not allowed to offer our opinions, but that's now 6 and counting, Mr. Trump,.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5  Buzz of the Orient    2 weeks ago

From Frank Zappa's song IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE

Who could imagine
That they would freak out in Washington, D.C.
D.C. D.C. D.C. D.C. D.C.
It can't happen here
Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba
It can't happen here
It can't happen here
Everybody's safe and it can't happen here
No freaks for us
It can't happen here
Everybody's clean and it can't happen here
No, no, it won't happen here
I'm telling you it can't
It won't happen here
(Bop bop didi bop didi bop bop bop)

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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5.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    2 weeks ago

I bet that is the most avant garde song ever referenced on NT.  Although it’s hard to categorize it as a song.  I’ve been intrigued by Zappa for a long time.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1    2 weeks ago

That "song" has stuck in my mind ever since I drove from Toronto to Detroit with a few friends about half a century ago to watch Zappa perform it at an auditorium called "The Rock Pile".  The last words he said in the song are not in the lyrics, but he said them now and then all night long:  "Suzie Creamcheese".  

By the way, did you ever see him being interviewed in 1981, where he talked about presidents and other government officials, in particular about Ronald Reagan who was POTUS at the time?  Here is a link to that interview:

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Hal A. Lujah
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5.1.2  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5.1.1    2 weeks ago

Thanks for the link, I hadn’t seen that before.  If Frank were around today, I imagine he’d have one word for the current state of politics:  “See?”  

 
 
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