ICYMI: Liebengood Family Statement on Anniversary of January 6th
Washington, January 6, 2022
The family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Howie Liebengood, who died by suicide days after defending our Capitol on January 6th, released the following statement this week ahead of the one year anniversary:
“We are still mourning Howie’s untimely passing. We continue to honor his memory by supporting and promoting U.S. Capitol Police reforms and accountability. We also hope to elevate the conversation about line of duty determinations and contribute to positive change regarding mental health support for his fellow law enforcement officers.
“Howie was a husband, brother, uncle, and loyal friend to many. His omnipresent smile reflected his warm, gentle, and compassionate personality. He started his career as a professional race car driver and joined the U.S. Capitol Police Senate Division in 2005, following in the legacy of his late father who was a former U.S. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms. Howie was fiercely loyal and committed to his work — connecting with people regardless of their political backgrounds or personal beliefs.
“To anyone who has been touched by suicide, we know the complicated grief that takes hold can be overwhelming and feel all-consuming and our hearts go out to you. As we continue to grieve Howie’s suicide, our intention is to bring more light to the issues of reform, accountability, line of duty determinations, and mental health support. We believe this is needed and what Howie would have wanted.”