The NY Times reported in January that Roseanne Boyland was “killed in a crush of fellow rioters” at the Capitol, but the Washington, D.C. medical examiner says she died of “acute amphetamine intoxication.”
Almost three months to the day since the January 6th Capitol riots, the medical examiner released the causes of death for the four people who died at some point during the melee.
According to Washington, D.C. Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Francisco J. Diaz, Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, died from natural causes (a heart attack). Ashli Babbitt, 35, died from a gunshot wound to her left shoulder. Roseanne Boyland, 34, died from a drug overdose:
DC Medical Examiner releases causes of death in US Capitol Insurrection.
But not yet for Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) April 7, 2021
The cause of death for Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died the following night, is still under investigation.
It should be noted that in the case of Roseanne Boyland’s death, the medical examiner’s findings were very much at odds with prior New York Times reporting on how she died. Instead of waiting and basing their report on the medical examiner’s official results, they went off of video footage they had reviewed. Here’s what they reported less than two weeks after the riots:
Rosanne Boyland, a 34-year-old Trump supporter from Georgia who died during the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, appears to have been killed in a crush of fellow rioters during their attempt to fight through a police line, according to videos reviewed by The Times.
Though the videos have circulated widely, Ms. Boyland’s presence in them had gone unnoticed until now, and the manner of her death had previously been unclear. The videos show her body on the ground just outside a door on the Capitol’s west side that was the scene of some of the day’s worst violence.
In the chaos, two men spotted Ms. Boyland on the ground and dragged her away from the door.
The men laid Ms. Boyland out on the steps and attempted to resuscitate her. At least two individuals can be seen on video providing CPR. At the top of the steps, another man, wearing a purple jacket, can be seen apparently negotiating with the police so that the rioters can get Ms. Boyland assistance.
The Medical Examiner’s cause of death for Roseanne Boyland contradicts reporting from the New York Times suggesting she was crushed by rioters:https://t.co/nJrIRNR6Le
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) April 7, 2021
Considering how badly they messed up reporting on Ms. Boyland’s death as well as that of Officer Sicknick, questions are rightly being raised as to just what other reporting the New York Times has gotten wrong about the Capitol riots:
The New York Times reported Boyland was "killed in a crush of fellow rioters during their attempt to fight through a police line, according to videos reviewed by The Times.”
She actually died of an accidental drug overdose. Is there a single true media narrative about Jan 6? https://t.co/NjC4f811zg
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) April 7, 2021
“Fog of war” is the excuse. The rush to judgment. It is sad.
— JD 🖥 🌎 (@WarriorDucks) April 7, 2021
Also, it’s just amazing that we’re this far out from when the riots happened and Officer Sicknick’s family still doesn’t have the answers they’ve been searching for.
Not only that, but we still haven’t been made aware of all the details surrounding Ms. Babbitt’s shooting death. Even though unnamed investigators determined in early February that no charges be filed against the Capitol police officer who reportedly shot her, the American people – Ms. Babbitt’s family, most of all – are still owed a full accounting as to exactly what happened, especially considering how much of the initial reporting and even much that came in the weeks after about what went down at the riots was seriously botched:
Also, not only have there been no investigations released or facts given about what the DC Medical Examiner is calling the “homicide” of Ashli Bobbitt — who was unarmed — they still have not even released the name of the officer who fatally shot her in the neck at close range.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 7, 2021
As they say, stay tuned.
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