[guest post by Dana]
That four police officers who responded to the insurrection at the US Capitol have committed suicide is staggering:
Four law enforcement officers who responded to the Capitol insurrection have now died by suicide, a sobering toll which doubled on Monday, after Metropolitan Police confirmed two of the department’s officers who responded on January 6 recently took their own lives.
Officer Kyle DeFreytag served in the city’s 5th District and was at the Capitol to enforce curfew violations, Metropolitan Police confirmed. Chief Robert J. Contee III sent a message to the police force notifying personnel of DeFreytag’s death last month.
“I am writing to share tragic news that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the 5th District was found deceased last evening,” Contee wrote in a mid-July message to the department. “This is incredibly hard news for us all, and for those that knew him best.”
The confirmation of DeFreytag’s death came hours after a spokeswoman for MPD said Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead at his residence last Thursday. Hashida, who joined the department in May 2003, was most recently assigned to the department’s Emergency Response Team.
Over 100 responding law enforcement officers sustained injuries while defending the Capitol and protecting members of Congress on Jan. 6.
How the police at the Capitol were viewed by a popular right-wing nutjob:
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) July 29, 2021
I think there are many Americans that view the officers responding to the Capitol on Jan. 6 in a vein similar to the execrable D’Souza. That day, officers at the Capitol were seen as fair game by any number of rioters. The difference being, of course, that D’Souza was the only one who was pardoned by then-President Trump. Back the blue, my ass.