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Wed Mar 30, 2022, 04:45 PM

Widow of D.C. officer who died by suicide says Jan. 6 "changed him"

The widow of an officer who died by suicide after responding to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol is pressing Congress to pass legislation recognizing the trauma suffered by law enforcement officers who take their own lives, which she told CBS News would be a fitting legacy for her husband.

Four officers who responded on Jan. 6 died by suicide within seven months of the attack.

Earlier this month, Erin Smith received an email from Washington, D.C., with the result she had spent more than a year fighting for. The city had ruled that her husband's suicide nine days after Jan. 6, 2021 was caused by injuries sustained in battling the rioters, and as such, his death was found to have occurred in the line of duty.

"Honestly, I couldn't believe it," Smith told CBS News congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane in an exclusive interview.

She believes that the District was initially reluctant to grant the line-of-duty designation, because "with a suicide comes a stigma and something that the police department doesn't want to face or recognize."

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/january-6-dc-police-jeffrey-smith-riots-suicide/

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WhiskeyGrinder Mar 2022 #1
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Wed Mar 30, 2022, 04:53 PM

1. I'm curious how much head injuries had to do with these suicides as well, and the fact that at least

one of the cops went to the "police medical clinic," rather than a regular doctor, after they were injured.

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Wed Mar 30, 2022, 04:57 PM

2. My guess

speaking as a nurse with some experience in the area, is that he had a concussion, and that several of the others suffered traumatic brain injuries worse than that---the one who was beaten with a fire extinguisher, for instance. But even the "police medical clinic" should know you don't send someone straight back to work who has the slightest symptoms of a concussion.

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Response to Jilly_in_VA (Original post)

Wed Mar 30, 2022, 05:26 PM

3. This man's death was engineered by the former guy and his cabal

Failing to act on criminal referrals is an insult to his memory and his survivors. One might almost characterize it as a metaphorical slap in the face, which I understand is the sort of thing that really makes some people mad this week.

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