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Lawmakers Award Medals to Capitol Police Who Killed Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6, Only 21 Republicans Opposed

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On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation to grant Congressional Gold Medals to police officers who fended off protesters during the Jan. 6 incursion into the Capitol.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers passed the legislation 406-21, with conservative Republicans making up the opposition.

The four medals awarded will be displayed at the Capitol Police headquarters, the D.C. Metropolitan Police headquarters, the Smithsonian Institution and a “prominent location” in the Capitol, according to The Hill.

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Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood of the Capitol Police, along with Jeffrey Smith of the Metropolitan Police Department — who all died in the days following Jan. 6 — were mentioned in the resolution.

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The legislation also commended the efforts of Eugene Goodman, an officer who prevented protesters from storming the Senate chamber by luring them in another direction. In the wake of the event, Goodman was promoted to acting deputy Senate sergeant-at-arms.

“Jan. 6 was unquestionably one of the darkest days in the history of our democracy,” Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on the House floor.

“Because of the courage of the Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers, it will also be etched in history as a day of heroism.”

Republican Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky worried that adopting the term “insurrectionists” to refer to those present at the Capitol on Jan. 6 will cause unnecessary consequences for those who are involved in ongoing court cases.

“I think if we call that an insurrection, it could have a bearing on their case that I don’t think would be good,” Massie said.

“If they just wanted to give the police recognition, they could have done it without trying to make it partisan, without sticking that in there.”

Massie’s comments targeted both the latest and earlier versions of the legislation — the first of which passed the House in March, awarding Congressional Gold Medals to law enforcement for their services on Jan. 6. For that piece of legislation, 12 Republicans voted in opposition.

The latest legislation differs from the original in optics. However, the newest legislation also gives praise to two Capitol Police officers, William “Billy” Evans and Kenneth Shaver, who were killed and wounded, respectively, on-duty April 2 after a man attacked a Senate security barricade with his car.

The Republican caucus has remained divided on the issue of the Jan. 6 incursion.

In May, 35 House Republicans voted in opposition to an independent commission that would investigate the events of Jan. 6, on the basis that it would breed partisan rancor and theater.

The aftermath of the event has ushered in an odd period of ideological overlap, in which progressive Democrats have taken to defending the use of deadly force resulting in the death of retired military veteran Ashli Babbitt and conservative Republicans have criticized police use of force.

On the other side of things, some Republicans worry that honoring those responsible for the death of Babbitt may be unwarranted, as the crime was merely trespassing on public property.

The group of conservative Republicans has voiced concerns over the lack of transparency within the process, as the name of the officer has been withheld from the public.

“House Democrats are using an opportunity to recognize the valor of our Capitol Police officers to launder a politically motivated narrative about the events of 1/6,” Republican Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio wrote on Twitter.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Off-Duty Firefighter Jumped by Mob Who Tell Him It's 'Fight Night' Before Brutal Beating

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Asking for a little old-fashioned respect can be the prelude to a beatdown in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City. The New York Post has released video of a Friday night incident in which a rabid mob of teenagers surrounded and then attacked an off-duty firefighter as he walked his dog near his home in the borough of Queens. Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa, who founded the civic protection group the Guardian Angels in 1979, posted the video to Twitter. Warning: The following video contains graphic images and language that some readers will find disturbing. Last night in Middle Village a mob of kids attacked a man who asked them to stop blasting fireworks. #NYPD from the 104th precinct were there but did nothing. The community reached out to #NYC Mayoral candidate #CurtisSliwa & the #GuardianAngels to find these vicious teens pic.twitter.com/uVJkBUJ0L1 — Curtis Sliwa for NYC Mayor (@CurtisSliwa) July 24, 2021 The 44-year-old victim, whose name was not released by the Post, said he is among those who have objected to the deterioration of his community,  and taken the dangerous stand of telling teenagers to behave as if rules really mattered. Retribution for preaching civility arrived Friday night. “There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the firefighter told the Post in a Saturday interview. “One kid took his shirt off and said, ‘it’s fight night!’ He said he was 19 and said, ‘I could fight you.’ Everyone took their cell phones out. There were cell phones everywhere,” the victim said. “They all came at me…A kid came up behind me and hit me in the back of the head with a bottle and I let go of the dog,” he said. With the dog barking…

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Olympic Cyclist Celebrates Victory as She Crosses the Finish Line, Then Learns a Gold Medal Isn't Coming

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Neither the gold medal winner nor the woman who celebrated when she thought she had won could quite believe the results of the women’s Olympic bicycle road race on Sunday. Dutch rider Annemiek van Vleuten put on a massive gold medal-worthy display of victory as she crossed the finish line. But there was one catch. Anna Keisenhofer of Austria had been so far ahead of the rest of the pack that two minutes before van Vleuten had celebrated her finish, Keisenhofer had already had won the race,  according to Cycling News. Van Vleuten waved her arms in triumph and embraced members of her team, only to learn the truth after someone knowing the facts poured cold water on the celebration. Olympics: Van Vleuten celebrates but mistakes silver for goldhttps://t.co/2twUgBGbht #Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/fV1qpmtfiw — Cyclingnews.com (@Cyclingnewsfeed) July 25, 2021 “I didn’t know. I was wrong. I didn’t know,” she said. “This is an example (of what happens) if you ride an important race like this without communication. All World Tour races have communication, and now it’s the three of us standing here and wondering who has actually won,” van Vleuten said, referring to teammates Marianne Vos and Anna van der Breggen, according to CNN. In most races, cyclists are in radio communication with their teams, but that is not allowed in the Olympics. “I’m gutted about that, of course,” she said. Although the realization that she had not won a gold medal hurt, van Vleuten said winning a silver medal remained an achievement. “I’m really proud of the medal, because I did not have an Olympic medal. It’s also a silver medal with a shine on it, because I felt super good today,” said van Vleuten. “My goal was to be at my best-ever level here, and I think I nailed that. It’s…

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