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.”