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The Family Of A Police Officer Who Committed Suicide After The Capitol Attack Backs The Jan. 6 Commission.
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The Family Of A Police Officer Who Committed Suicide After The Capitol Attack Backs The Jan. 6 Commission.


Relatives of a U.S. Capitol Police officer who committed suicide after the Jan. 6 Capitol insurgency have expressed support for a commission to investigate the events of the day.

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howie Liebengood, a 15-year police veteran, was one of two officers who committed suicide days after the deadly attack on the Capitol, which left several dead and 140 officers injured. Liebengood's death "was a direct result of the trauma and strain from the January 6th attack on the Capitol and the around-the-clock shifts in the subsequent days," according to his family.

A Democrat-backed bill in the House to create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the insurgency is expected to pass on Wednesday, though Senate Republicans have indicated that they will try to stymie efforts to conduct a bipartisan investigation into the attack.

Liebengood's family stated on Wednesday that such an investigation is required for the country to "move forward."

“We believe that a thorough, non-partisan investigation into the root causes of and responses to the January 6th riot is critical for our nation to move forward,” the family said in a statement, adding that “Howie’s death was an immediate outgrowth of those events.”

Liebengood's family also wants "improved mental health for USCP officers," as well as new funding and staffing initiatives.

“Every officer who worked that day, as well as their families,” the statement continued, “should have a better understanding of what happened.” “Uncovering the facts will help our nation heal and may lessen the lingering emotional bitterness that has divided our country; we implore Congress to work together and establish the proposed Commission.”

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