A family member of one of the people killed during the pro-Trump insurrection on Wednesday called for the invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.
Rosanne Boyland, a 34-year-old resident of Kennesaw, Georgia, was one of three people who died of “unrelated medical emergencies” during the riot, according to Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee. A fourth person, Ashli Babbitt, died after being shot by a Capitol police officer as the mob forced its way deeper into the Capitol building.
“It is my own personal belief that the President’s words and rhetoric incited a riot last night that killed four of his biggest fans and I believe that we should invoke the 25th amendment,” Boyland’s family member, identified as brother-in-law Justin Cave by Reuters, said.
Heartbreak. Exclusive reaction from Rosanne Boyland’s family after finding out the 34-year-old Kennesaw woman was likely crushed to death during the unrest at the US Capital yesterday. @FOX5Atlanta pic.twitter.com/dxLvLRn0bF
— Aungelique Proctor (@aungeliquefox5) January 7, 2021
A friend who was with Boyland at the riot told Atlanta CBS affiliate WGCL that she was trampled as the mob surged forwards and clashed with Capitol police.
“I put my arm underneath her and was pulling her out and then another guy fell on top of her, and another guy was just walking [on top of her],” friend Justin Winchell said. “There were people stacked 2-3 deep … people just crushed.”
The death toll from the insurrection rose again Thursday, with news that Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick succumbed to injuries inflicted by the rioters.
Conversations about invoking the 25th Amendment and putting Vice President Mike Pence in charge for the last two weeks of Trump’s presidency, as well as the possibility of a second impeachment, have been swirling around the Trump administration and Congress alike. Pence, whose cooperation would be necessary, reportedly opposes invoking the 25th. House Democrats are planning to begin impeachment proceedings again, and may hold a vote as early as next week.