US Attorney Prosecutors opened a federal murder investigation following the death of Brian D. Sicknick. The US Capitol Police officer began his job in July 2008. He served in the First Responders Unit.
Sicknick was protecting the US Capitol when Tump supporters lead the vicious riot. He lost his life” due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” Capitol Police officials said in a statement. DC Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide branch, the US Capitol Police, and the federal government are investigating Sicknick’s death.
“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the statement read.
Reportedly, Vice President Mike Pence offered his condolences to Sicknick’s family by personal phone call. In honor of Sicknick, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had the Capitol Building flags lowered to half-staff. The White House issued the following statement.
“Anytime a member of law enforcement dies in the line of duty it is a solemn reminder to us all that they run toward danger to maintain peace. The President and the entire Administration extend our prayers to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s family as we all grieve the loss of this American hero,” deputy press secretary Judd Deere said.
A Break Down Of Wednesdays Riot
Trump’s ” MAGA” supporters kicked through Capitol doors and viciously attacked officers in full riot gear. The House floor, including Vice President Mike Pence, had to evacuate before tallying final electoral votes for the Presidential Election. The Capitols First Responders Unit defended the building with their lives. Officers held an armed standoff at the House front door. Rioters attacked officers with metal pipes and weapons. As a result of Wednesday’s events, US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has announced his resignation.
“They were determined to enter the Capitol Building by causing great damage. The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C Maintaining public safety in an open environment — specifically for First Amendment activities — has long been a challenge.” Sund said.
In Honorable Memory Of Brian D. Sicknick
Poli Alert offers our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Brian D. Sicknick.
“The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague,” Capitol Police said.
“Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy, from violent insurrection. His needless murder at the hands of a mob bent on overthrowing the Constitution he had dedicated his life to upholding is shocking. It is my fervent hope that the rioters whose actions directly contributed to his death are quickly identified and brought to justice,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.
“The Capitol Police I was around did an amazing job under difficult circumstances,” Rep. Mike Quigley told CNN. “My concern wasn’t with how valiant the Capitol Police were. It was that an hour before the debate started, I looked at the throngs of people surrounding different sections of the Capitol and said, we don’t have enough security.”