Biden visits US Capitol, where officer killed in riot lays in honour

Biden visits US Capitol, where officer killed in riot lays in honour

Biden placed his hand on the table displaying Sicknick's remains before he and the first lady each placed their hands over their hearts and Biden crossed himself.

Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol Police officer who was fatally injured during the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol complex, will be given the rare distinction of lying in honor in the building's Rotunda.

US President Joe Biden made a surprise trip to the Capitol late Tuesday (Feb 2), where Brian Sicknik, the police officer who died after he was injured in the Jan 6 Capitol Riot, is laying in honour.

Members of Congress will be able to join them from 7-9 a.m. Wednesday, with a congressional tribute scheduled for 10:30 a.m.at which Pelosi and Schumer are scheduled to speak.

Sicknick was a casualty of the storming of the Capitol by hundreds of Trump supporters after a fiery speech in which the then-president urged them to "fight" his election loss to Biden.

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Earlier in the evening, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and other members of congressional leadership held a ceremonial arrival for Sicknick's casket from the East Center Steps of the Capitol to the Rotunda. House Democrats impeached Trump a week after the attack, sending a charge of "incitement of insurrection" to the Senate, where Republicans are unlikely to provide the votes necessary to convict him. A viewing period was reserved for Capitol police overnight, with legislators to pay tribute at a ceremony on Wednesday morning. 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. Sicknick's remains will be buried at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Mr Sicknick was pepper-sprayed and hit in the head, according to his father.

Sicknick wasn't the only fatality at the Capitol Riot.

Footage from the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday night showed officers lined up to pay their respects, along with politicians and the fallen officer's family.

Sicknick is only the fifth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders. "His sacrifice reminds us every day of our obligation to our country and the people we serve", the statement continued.

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