Third suicide among officers who defended the United States Capitol from rioters

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Third suicide among officers who defended the United States Capitol from rioters


An American policeman became the third suicide among those who defended the Capitol from rioters in January.

Washington DC Police Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead at his home on July 29, leaving a wife and three children.

Mr. Hashida, 43, was part of the Metropolitan Police Department’s special operations division emergency response team.

He had joined the police service in May 2003 and a the fundraising page has been created seeking donations to “support his memorial service and his family in the loss of his love and guidance”.

A police spokesperson confirmed Mr Hashida’s death to Sky News, adding: “We are in mourning as a department as our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends of Constable Hashida. “

The officer’s suicide follows that of his colleagues Jeffrey Smith and Howard Liebengood, both of whom died less than a month after the riot.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi extended her “deepest condolences” to Mr. Hashida’s family and colleagues, describing him as “a hero who risked his life to save our Capitol, the congressional community and our democracy itself ”.

She added, “All Americans owe him his great worth and his patriotism on January 6 and throughout his selfless service.

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Gunther Hashida is the third officer to kill himself after monitoring the Capitol Riot. Photo: Facebook

May the life of Officer Hashida be an inspiration to all to protect our country and democracy, and may it be a comfort to the family of Officer Hashida that so many mourn their loss and pray for them. in this sad time. “

The Capitol was invaded by supporters of then-President Donald Trump on January 6, as a joint session of Congress officially confirmed Joe Biden’s election victory a few months earlier.

More than 500 people were arrested, with around 140 police officers injured and a – Brian ill – collapse in his office after responding to the riot and die the next day from two strokes.

At the end of July, a congressional committee investigating the riot heard by four policemen who told them about the violence and abuse they suffered that day.

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Police officers Aquilino Gonell, Michael Fanone, Daniel Hodges and Harry Dunn told a congressional committee about their experiences in policing the riot

One of the officers, Sergeant Aquilino Gonell, said that for many officers, the trauma resulting from the riot “is not over.”

“That day continues to be a constant trauma for us, literally every day, whether it’s from our physical or emotional wounds, or both,” he said.

One of his fellow police officers, Michael Fanone, added: “What makes the struggle more difficult and more painful is knowing that so many of my fellow citizens, including so many people for whom I put my life in danger , minimize or outright deny what happened.

“I feel like I went to hell and come back to protect them and the people in this room, but too many people tell me that hell doesn’t exist or that hell isn’t there. not so serious.

“The indifference shown to my colleagues is shameful. “

:: Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call the Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email [email protected] United Kingdom. In the United States, call your local Samaritans branch or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

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