Slain Capitol Police officer from N.J. to lie in Capitol rotunda

Clay Curtis
February 3, 2021

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced the tribute.

The body of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died of his injuries the day after the January 6 attack, will arrive at the rotunda on Tuesday evening and his fellow officers will begin viewing him at 10 p.m. ET (0300 GMT).

"Officer Sicknick died because he put the lives of members of Congress and their staff before his own safety - he did his duty", said Gus Papathanasiou, president of the union representing rank-and-file officers for the police department said. "His sacrifice reminds us every day of our obligation to our country and to the people we serve". "May this ceremony and the knowledge that so many mourn with and pray for them be a comfort to Officer Sicknick's family during this sad time".

The 42-year-old New Jersey resident was pepper-sprayed and fatally bludgeoned on January 6, as rioters streamed into the Capitol to try to derail certification of President Biden's election victory.

He collapsed after the attack and was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Sicknick's death is being investigated as a homicide.

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The siege came while Congress was certifying President Biden's Electoral College win and after a "Stop the Steal" rally in which Trump repeated unfounded claims of election fraud. Following the riot at the Capitol, the chief for the US Capitol Police, the House sergeant at arms, and the Senate sergeant at arms all resigned.

Members of the office of the Architect of the US Capitol check for damage in the Rotunda in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2021, one day after the attack by pro-Trump extremists. U.S. Capitol Police said Sicknick was injured while "physically engaging with protesters".

Sicknick's coffin will arrive at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the East Front of the Capitol building, according to a statement from the legislative leaders. Members of Congress are invited to attend the viewing period from 7:00 a.m.to 9:00 a.m. on February 3. There will be a congressional tribute on Wednesday before a ceremonial departure.

Two South Carolina Republicans introduced a bill permitting this Your residence He was honored on Capitol Hill before his burial in Arlington National Cemetery.

Two other police officers have also died in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol.

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