A police officer passed away on Thursday night after succumbing to his wounds sustained during the protest on Wednesday the 6th of January.
In a public statement, the U.S. Capitol Police Department (USCP) “expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague.”
Officer, Brian Sicknick joined the police in 2008 and became part of a first responders unit. He was “injured while physically engaging with protesters,” according to the USCP.
“He returned to this division office and collapsed,” the department’s announcement reads. “He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Without any irony, Congress members expressed their sympathies to the officer’s family and colleagues.
“Our hearts break over the senseless death of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, who was injured in the line of duty during yesterday’s violent assault on the Capitol,” Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) wrote in a joint statement. “Our prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues on the force.
“This tragic loss should remind all of us of the bravery of the law enforcement officers who protected us, our colleagues, Congressional staff, the press corps, and other essential workers yesterday. To honor Officer Sicknick’s memory, we must ensure that the mob who attacked the People’s House and those who instigated them are held fully accountable.”
“I am devastated to hear about the passing of U.S. [Capitol Police] Officer Brian Sicknick and extend my deepest sympathy to his family. My staff and I cannot say enough to express our appreciation for his sacrifice to keep us safe,” Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) said in a statement.
“Devastating news. Please join me in praying for our fallen Capitol Police officer’s family during this heartbreaking time,” House Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) said in a statement.
The USCP said in a statement it disputed reports that an officer had died.
“Media reports regarding the death of a United States Capitol Police (USCP) officer are not accurate,” the USCP previously said in a statement to The Epoch Times.
“Although some officers were injured and hospitalized yesterday, no USCP officers have passed away,” the statement read. “We ask that our officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected at this time. Should a statement become necessary, the Department will issue one at the appropriate time.”
On Thursday the Whitehouse press team said: “a group of violent rioters undermining the legitimate first amendment rights of the many thousands who came to peacefully have their voices heard in our nation’s capital.”