The police who defended the Capitol had America’s back. America doesn’t have theirs.
If we can investigate the root causes of Jan. 6, we can also analyze the deaths by suicide that resulted from it.

On Monday, we learned of the third, and then the fourth, death by suicide of a police officer who answered the call of duty in response to the violent attempts to overthrow our democracy on Jan. 6.

Last Thursday, Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department Officer Gunther Hashida was found dead at his home, according to a spokeswoman for his department. Hashida, who was 43, spent almost 20 years on the force and left behind a wife and three children. He had been assigned to the emergency response team of his department’s Special Operations Division, a team that found itself in the thick of the violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Hours after news of Hashida’s death, MPD said the death of 26-year-old officer Kyle DeFreytag, reported July 10, was also ruled a suicide.


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