Published: Wed, February 03, 2021

US Capitol police officer who died after riot to lie in honour

US Capitol police officer who died after riot to lie in honour

Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Hill police officer killed by pro-Trump rioters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 will lie in honor starting Tuesday evening in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, an honor reserved for only a few other civilians including civil rights pioneer, Rosa Parks.

Sicknick, 42, first joined the U.S. Capitol Police Department in July 2008 as part of its First Responder's Unit.

Sicknick died on January 7, a day after being injured as mobs stormed the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of four other people and the impeachment of former President Trump.

In total, five people died as a result of the insurrection.

Congress will hold a ceremonial arrival for Sicknick on Tuesday night, after which a viewing period will be held overnight for members of the Capitol Police.

"The U.S. Congress is united in grief, gratitude and solemn appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick", Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement.

"The heroism of Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police force ... helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that the Congress was not diverted from our duty to the Constitution". "When the time is right, the fencing around the White House and U.S. Capitol, just like the plywood we've seen on our businesses for too long, will be taken down".

Members of Congress will be invited to a viewing period between 7am and 9am the next day, February 3.

Sicknick's family released a statement on Saturday thanking "congressional leadership for bestowing this historic honor on our fallen American hero". Lawmakers will pay tribute Wednesday morning before a ceremonial departure for Arlington National Cemetery, where Sicknick will be interred. "Please honor Brian's life and service, and respect our privacy while we move forward in doing the same", his father said in a statement on January 9.

"As I noted earlier this week, even before September 11, 2001, security experts argued that more needed to be done to protect the U.S. Capitol", Yogananda D. Pittman, acting chief of the Capitol Police, said "In fact, a 2006 security assessment specifically recommended the installation of a permanent perimeter fence around the Capitol".

Illustrating the tense law enforcement scene still unfolding at the US Capitol, Capitol Police said a male suspect attempted to unlawfully to enter the Capitol complex on Thursday.

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