D.C. board rules that officer who committed suicide after Jan. 6 died in line of duty

Posted on AllSides March 10th, 2022
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A District of Columbia retirement board has ruled that a police officer died in the line of duty when he took his own life due to injuries he suffered during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, the Washington Post reported.

Washington's Police and Firefighters' Retirement and Relief Board said in a letter on Monday that Jan. 6 was the "sole and direct cause" of Metropolitan police officer Jeffrey Smith's suicide, the newspaper reported.

His widow Erin Smith fought for a year for the board to reverse an...

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