Capitol Police officer who died after riot lies in honor

Clay Curtis
February 3, 2021

Biden and his wife Jill stood before the remains with their hands over their hearts.

One by one, Mr Sicknick's fellow Capitol police officers approached the receptacle containing the remains and saluted.

Slain U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick lay in honor in the building he died defending, allowing colleagues and the lawmakers he protected to pay their respects and to remember the violent attack on Congress that took his life. A Capitol Police officer carried the box containing his remains up the steps as police officers stood at attention outside the building that had been ransacked by insurrectionists nearly a month before.

The arrival of Sicknick's remains at 9:30 p.m. was solemn, with dozens of Capitol Police standing at attention as his urn was carried up the Capitol steps.

The New Jersey native and former member of the Air National Guard sustained fatal injuries while defending the Capitol on January 6, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building following a rally in protest of the results of the presidential election. "On behalf of the House of Representatives and the Senate, it is our great privilege to pay tribute to Officer Sicknick with this lying-in-honor ceremony", Pelosi and Schumer said in a previous statement.

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Members of Congress will be able to view Sicknick on Wednesday morning. U.S. lawmakers will take their turn on Wednesday morning.

In the Jan 6 violence, Sicknick was pepper-sprayed and hit in the head, according to his father. Later that day, Sicknick will depart the Capitol ahead of an interment at Arlington National Cemetery. House Democrats impeached Trump a week after the attack, sending a charge of "incitement of insurrection" to the Senate, where Republicans are unlikely to provide the votes necessary to convict him. He later collapsed and died.

Authorities have reviewed video and photographs that show Sicknick engaging with rioters amid the siege but have yet to identify a moment in which he suffered his fatal injuries, law enforcement officials familiar with the matter said.

"His sacrifice reminds us every day of our obligation to our country and to the people we serve".

Acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman called last week for permanent fencing and back-up security forces near the building.

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