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Capitol and DC Metro Police To Receive Congressional Gold Medals for Jan 6

The House and Senate passed a bill (HR 3325) this week to award four Congressional Gold medals: One to Capitol Police and one to DC Metro police for the Jan 6 riot (CBS). The third medal will be displayed at the Smithsonian, the fourth to the architect of the Capitol for display in the building. Biden signed it Thursday evening. But 21 House Republicans voted against it – why would they do that? The devil is in the details, so pay close attention.

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Screenshot via Twitter – Jim Jordan

“On January 6, 2021, a mob of insurrectionists forced its way into the U.S. Capitol building and congressional office buildings and engaged in acts of vandalism, looting, and violently attacked Capitol Police officers.

The sacrifice of heroes including Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, Metropolitan Police Department Officer Jeffrey Smith, and those who sustained injuries, and the courage of Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, exemplify the patriotism and the commitment of Capitol Police officers, and those of other law enforcement agencies, to risk their lives in service of our country.

Up to seven Americans died following this violent attack, and more than 140 law enforcement officers suffered physical injuries, including 15 officers who were hospitalized.”

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Wording from the bill

The term “insurrectionists” is why those 21 GOP members voted against the bill. The bill even mentions Capitol Officer Billy Evans, who was killed by a Louis Farrakhan supporter at the Capitol gate on April 2. Which had nothing to do with Jan 6.

Generally we are pro-police. We have no qualms about honoring them. But the wording of this bill is egregious and political. The over 500 people still in custody without their day in court shrieks of political motivation. It was passed unanimously by the Senate.

Hypocrite Nancy Pelosi, who sponsored the bill, spent months last year telling police and National Guard they were storm troopers for Trump. She viewed them as Trump’s Gestapo. Until Jan 6th, 2021, when fear caused whiplash. Emotional testimony last week from some of the officers on duty Jan 6 showed them crying. They said it was because they were fighting for their own lives as well as members of Congress and the Vice President that day.

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There is no question that handling a riot, especially an unusual one, is extremely stressful. Police officers often get PTSD just like military service members from the constant hate thrown at them from every corner of society. The dangers in a riot are real. Honoring law enforcement for that service is good and necessary.

Capitol Police Officer Sicknick died of a stroke…natural causes. His family said that he would be appalled at the way Congress was trying to change that narrative. Since Jan 6, four police officers who were there that day have committed suicide. Why?

Where are the honors for the police officers who have stood against the mobs of anarchists across the nation? You know, the ones who have been blinded, beaten, persecuted, even murdered? Where are their Congressional Gold Medals? Crickets.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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