Since the end of January, four Capitol police officers involved in the response to the January 6 riots have taken their lives. Many of them had multiple years of service, with one officer having served on the Capitol police team for twenty-three years.
This news comes as four Capitol police officers testified last week before Congress. None of the officers involved had testified, nor were they scheduled to do so.
The Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement to WUSA that 26-year-old Officer Kyle DeFreytag had died by suicide in July, and that Chief Robert J. Contee III had notified the force of the officer's death in a sobering message.
"I am writing to share tragic news that Officer Kyle DeFreytag of the 5th District was found deceased last evening," Contee wrote to the department last month, WUSA reported. "This is incredibly hard news for us all, and for those that knew him best."
The testifying officers told Congress that many of their colleagues now suffered from PTSD, and many thought they were going to die that day.
While no one is discounting the fact that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a real ailment, why are so many of these officers taking their own lives? Is there something sinister behind all these suicides? Is it possible they might have been whistleblowers as to the events that took place on the Capitol that day?
While we don't want to speculate without any evidence, we still find it odd that so many officers are taking their own lives, with two suicides taking place within one month.
Our deepest condolences go out to the fallen Capitol police officer's families. We wish you peace in this very difficult time.
At the same time, we are deeply concerned about our country.