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Politics Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood, 51, dies days after riot; remembered as 'selfless,' 'kind'

00:25  11 january  2021
00:25  11 january  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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Officer Liebengood , 51 , had been a Capitol Police officer since 2005, and was assigned to the agency’s Senate division. The news rocked the police force days after another officer , Brian D. Sicknick, died on Thursday of injuries he sustained when he engaged with the mob that attacked the

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Howard Charles Liebengood, 51, was assigned to the Senate Division and had been with the Capitol Police since April 2005.

His passing comes after the Capitol was stormed by pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6. The crowd swarmed the building in a briefly successful effort to stop Congress from counting the votes of the Electoral College and certifying Joe Biden as president-elect.

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Officer Howard Liebengood , 51 , was assigned to the Senate Division and has been with the Department since April 2005. "Every Capitol Police Officer puts the security of others before their own safety and Officer Liebengood was an example of the selfless service that is the hallmark of

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At least one police officer, Brian Sicknick, was fatally injured in the riot; four other people also died. Dozens of other officers were injured in the attack.

Liebengood was on duty during the riot on Wednesday, per a statement from the Capitol Police Officers' Union, though it was not immediately clear if his death was linked to the riot.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues,” the Capitol Police said in a statement. “We ask that his family and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time.”

Liebengood also had family ties to the Senate. His father, Howard S. Liebengood, was the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms from 1981 to 1983. He later formed a powerful lobbying firm and served as chief of staff to former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., and former Senate Majority Leader Bill First, R-Tenn

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Howard Liebengood was 51 years old. It's the second life lost in four days for Capitol Police following the death of Officer Brian Sicknick, who suffered "Every Capitol Police Officer puts the security of others before their own safety and Officer Liebengood was an example of the selfless service that is

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Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the Capitol Police Officers' Union, said in a statement that his death has left the force "reeling."

"Every Capitol Police Officer puts the security of others before their own safety and Officer Liebengood was an example of the selfless service that is the hallmark of the USCP," Papathanasiou said. "This is a tragic day."

Tributes to Liebengood from current and former members of Congress, staffers, and journalists poured out on Twitter on Sunday.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Liebengood had been posted at the door nearest his office, where they got to know each other.

"Howie was one of the kindest and most thoughtful people I have met in my decade in Washington," Coons wrote. "My heart breaks for his family, friends and colleagues."

Matt Waldrip, chief of staff to Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, recalled that "talking with him was often the best part of my Senate day."

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Officer Howard Liebengood , 51 , who served with the department since April 2005, was assigned to the Senate Division, the USCP said in a Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood during "Kid Safety Day ," on April 24, 2008. It marks the second death of a USCP officer in the past four days .

The police officer who died after a mob of President Trump's supporters invaded the US Capitol on Wednesday was U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick embodied the selfless spirit of his native state, giving his life Two days after a mob incited by President Trump had overrun the building, the

"I know Howie well enough to know he did everything he could on Wednesday," he wrote. "We love Howie. We’ll honor him forever."

Nancy Cordes, chief congressional correspondent for CBS News, recalled that Liebengood "always had a smile on his face and a kind word to share, even at 6:45 in the morning."

According to Cordes, former Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer told CBS News that Liebengood should be considered a "line of duty casualty."

The news of his death also prompted some lawmakers to intensify calls for reforms to the Capitol Police in the wake of the attack.

"Our officers need more than gratitude," tweeted Rep. Dean Phillips, D-Minn. "They need authentic, capable leadership and meaningful support, and I call on my colleagues to join me demanding it immediately."

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Prior to his time with the Capitol Police, Liebengood was a professional race car driver.

In 2002, he drove a BMW and his sponsors included Pennzoil and the National Campaign to Stop Violence, according to a local paper. He also presented a youth motivational program called "Racing to Live by the Rules."

"We're all racing through life together," he told a group of sixth-graders at the time.

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