DOJ: Capitol Police officer’s suicide after Jan. 6 considered line of duty death
The Department of Justice has determined a Capitol Police officer who died by suicide days after the January 6th riot was a death in the line of duty. As a result, officer Howard Liebengood’s family will be able to receive death and health benefits.
In a statement obtained by CNN – Liebengood’s family said: “The determination is significant, healing, relieving, and we are grateful for it.”
Liebengood’s wife Serena Liebengood wrote in a letter to Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton that her husband was severely sleep deprived at the time of his suicide and was ordered to stay on duty practically around the clock for three days after the attack. He died January 9th.
This designation is possible because of a bipartisan bill Congress passed in August that extended the death benefits to those who die by suicide as a result of traumatic experiences that occured on duty.
The committee investigating the January 6th riot, which expires at the end of this Congress, is wrapping up its investigation. Committee member Zoe Lofgren says they will be releasing a report within a month.
ZOE LOFGREN: “It is almost Thanksgiving and the committee turns into a pumpkin at the end of December. Within a month, the public will have everything we found. For good or ill.”
Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.