Officer Brian D Sicknick died Thursday of injuries sustained in clashes with rioters on Capitol Hill.
A U.S. Capitol Police officer has died from injuries sustained in clashes with supporters of President Donald Trump, who stormed the Capitol building to prevent Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden, a the police announced Thursday evening.
Officer Brian D Sicknick was injured while on duty, physically engaging with rioters at the U.S. Capitol, the statement said.
“He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries ”Thursday evening, the newspaper said.
Sicknick’s death will be the subject of an investigation by the Homicide Branch of the Metropolitan Police Department, the Capitol Police, and federal investigators.
Democratic leaders on the House Appropriations Committee have said the “tragic loss” of a Capitol Police officer “should remind us all of the courage of the law enforcement agencies who have protected us, our colleagues, the Congressional staff, the press and other essential workers ”. during the hours of takeover of the Capitol by pro-Trump protesters.
The number of people who died as a result of the capture of the Capitol is now five. Three members of the pro-Trump mob died of medical emergencies and another was gunned down inside the building.
Police refused support
After a rally where Trump urged his supporters to “fight” to overthrow the November 3 election he lost, hundreds of them stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, forcing Senators and members of the House of Representatives to be evacuated as they smashed windows and looted.
The Associated Press reported that three days before the riots by Trump supporters on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon asked Capitol Hill police if they needed the National Guard.
And as the crowd descended on the building on Wednesday, Justice Department officials reached out to suggest FBI agents. However, police refused them both times, according to senior defense officials and two people familiar with the matter.
Despite numerous warnings of a possible insurgency and sufficient resources and time to prepare, Capitol Police only planned one free speech protest.
As a result, and under pressure from Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and other congressional leaders, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund was forced to resign.
Trump, who initially praised his supporters, then condemned the violence, saying the rioters had tainted the seat of American democracy and should be held accountable.