U.S. Capitol uprising: Officer Brian Sicknick dies after physically engaging with rioters during pro-Trump uprising
The pro-Trump insurgency that wreaked havoc in Washington, DC earlier this week claimed the life of a U.S. Capitol Police officer, authorities said.
U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick died around 9:30 p.m. Thursday from injuries he sustained while on duty Wednesday when a crowd of people supporting Republican President Donald Trump took to storming the United States Capitol in an attempt to thwart Democrat Joe Biden’s electoral victory, law enforcement said.
Sicknick was responding to the insurgency when he was injured while physically engaging with rioters. He then returned to his division office and collapsed, according to a statement from the United States Capitol Police.
He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died of his injuries, Capitol Police said.
“Constable Sicknick’s death will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide division, USCP, and our federal partners,” United States Capitol Police noted.
After joining the United States Capitol Police in July 2008, Sicknick recently worked in the department’s first responder unit, authorities said.
“The entire USCP department expresses its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Officer Sicknick for their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague,” State Capitol Police said – United in its press release. “We ask that the family of Officer Sicknick, as well as that of other USCP officers and their families be respected during this time.”
Thousands of people rallied on the streets of Washington on Wednesday to oppose the 2020 presidential election results which handily offered Biden an electoral and popular victory.
Yet Trump and his supporters denied the election result, falsely alleging that there had been widespread electoral fraud and that the outgoing president had won a landslide victory. Officials across the aisle and across the country criticized the Commander-in-Chief for inciting rioters, along with some lawmakers, many of them in Massachusetts, calling for his dismissal.
“Donald J. Trump should be immediately indicted by the House of Representatives and removed from office by the United States Senate as soon as Congress resumes,” US Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “It is dangerous and unacceptable. “
The insurgency, which forced federal lawmakers to take shelter and be evacuated from the Capitol, ended in several deaths, dozens of arrests and the discovery of explosive devices and other weapons.
Some rioters were violent with the police, spraying the officers with pepper spray, throwing punches and chasing officers in the hallways.
A woman was shot dead in the riot on Wednesday, and three other people have died from medical emergencies suffered during the pro-Trump insurgency, according to Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee III.
Two homemade bombs were also discovered during the day, one at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and the other at the Republican National Committee. A long gun and molotov cocktails were also found in a cooler on a vehicle, Contee said.
At least 52 of the insurgents have been arrested, Contee noted at a press conference held in the hours following the riot.
One of the dozens of questioned was a 33-year-old resident of western Massachusetts. He was charged with illegal entry and violating the city’s curfew put in place by the mayor due to the violent series of events. Court documents obtained by MassLive show the man to be a resident of Pittsfield.
Massachusetts US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announced Thursday he will prosecute all Massachusetts residents who traveled to the nation’s capital to participate in the insurgency.
“The Constitution protects the right to freedom of expression and assembly. What it does not protect is a violent assault on government institutions. Americans on the right and on the left must relearn the difference. Anyone who has traveled from Massachusetts with the intention of committing such crimes will be prosecuted in the District of Massachusetts, ”the federal prosecutor said.