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Biden repeats false claim that rioters killed multiple police officers on Jan. 6

Biden claimed 2 police officers died in the Jan. 6 riot after previously saying it was 5.

Published: May 30, 2022 8:57am

Updated: May 30, 2022 9:38am

President Biden told graduates at his alma mater that Jan. 6 rioters "killed two police officers," which isn't what happened that day.

"A mob of insurrectionists stormed the Capitol, the very citadel of democracy," Biden said on Saturday during his address. "Imagine what you'd be thinking today if you had heard this morning before you got here that a group of a thousand people broke down the doors of the parliament of Great Britain, killed two police officers, smashed and ransacked the office of members of the British Parliament or any other, what would you think? What would you think?"

In March, Biden claimed in a speech in Wisconsin that five police officers were killed by the rioters.

"Look, how would you feel if you saw crowds storm and break down the doors of the British Parliament, kill five cops, injure 145 — or the German Bundestag, or the Italian Parliament?" he said. "I think you'd wonder."

Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood died of suicide three days after the riots. Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Smith committed suicide on Jan. 15.

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died on Jan. 7. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Washington D.C. said in April 2021 that his death was the result of two strokes, according to CBS News and other outlets.

Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was shot in the neck by Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd on the day of the riot. Two others, Kevin Greeson, 55, and Benjamin Phillips, 50, died of heart attacks. A third, Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennisaw, Ga., died accidentally of "acute amphetamine intoxication," the D.C. medical examiner's office concluded.  


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