Published: Wed, February 03, 2021

Police officer killed in storming of U.S. Capitol lies in honor

Police officer killed in storming of U.S. Capitol lies in honor

Biden, who was joined at the Capitol by first lady Jill Biden, previously spoke with members of Sicknick's family to "express his condolences and sympathies to their tragic loss", White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.

In an appearance lasting a few minutes, the President and first lady entered the Rotunda, where several US Capitol police officers were stationed including two officers flanking Sicknick's remains.

Investigators are struggling to build a federal murder case regarding fallen US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, vexed by a lack of evidence that could prove someone caused his death as he defended the Capitol during last month's insurrection. Four others also died and Trump was impeached a week later for an unprecedented second time on charges of inciting the riot.

Sicknick died after defending the Capitol on January 6 against the mob that stormed the building and interrupted the electoral count after then-President Donald Trump urged supporters on the National Mall to "fight like hell" to overturn his defeat.

Wednesday, members of Congress will pay their respects beginning at 7 a.m., followed by a Congressional tribute at 10:30 a.m. with remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

A US Capitol Police officer stands at the door of the Capitol Rotunda

Members of Congress will be able to view Sicknick on Wednesday morning. The Senate next week will begin an impeachment trial of Trump over his incitement of the deadly mob, which walked to the Capitol from a political rally near the White House after the former president exhorted them to protest the count. Like many of his fellow officers, he often worked security in the Capitol itself and was known to lawmakers, staff and others who passed through the building's doors each morning.

In the Jan 6 violence, Sicknick was pepper-sprayed and hit in the head, according to his father. Sicknick's remains will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery. He later collapsed and died.

A spokeswoman for the US Capitol Police declined to comment for this story citing the ongoing investigation.

Sicknick was given the rare honor of lying in honor at the building housing the United States Congress. Amid conversations about the incident, many have honored Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick who lost his life during the riot.

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