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It was very moving to watch the TV coverage of the tribute to U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who was killed defending the U.S. Capitol during the riot January 6. 

It saddens me that so little is said about U.S. Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood, who also lost his life as a result of the attack on the capital. 

In months to come, lingering effects of the insurgency will come to light and be reported on. We should also express our gratitude to officer Liebengood in a timely fashion. Doing so will help validate the long-lasting trauma that so many involved will experience. 

I can’t get my head around what those officers experienced that day. They didn’t up security measures I’m assuming partially because they could not conceive that they would be viciously attacked by American citizens. So then to be accosted by those rabid citizens and then having to beat back those that previously they had to protect -- how can a brain rapidly adjust to that? And then to be taking the blows and giving the blows for hours? All the time the minds must have been thinking “where is the backup? Will no one come to help?” Did they know the extent of the insurgency, or did they assume other locations were under attack?

And this describes the brain rattling of the officers. What about the senators and members of Congress? The staff, the janitors, etc?

There are going to be long-lasting effects of the insurgency from so many angles. 

Officer Liebengood valiantly defended the Capitol and that trauma resulted in him taking his own life.  

Please don’t let the effects experienced by any survivor or their families cause them to feel any shame or that they are lesser. 

Gina Soltis 

Brookings

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