Slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick to lie in honor in Washington

Slain Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick to lie in honor in Washington

Sicknick, 42, from South River, New Jersey, enlisted in the National Guard six months after graduating high school in 1997, deploying to Saudi Arabia and then Kyrgyzstan.

Then-President Donald Trump on January 10 ordered US flags across the country and overseas to be flown at half-staff until January 13 in honor of the "service and sacrifice" of law enforcement, Capitol police, and Capitol Police Officers Sicknick and Liebengood.

Two other officers who responded to the scene - Jeffrey Smith, a D.C. Police officer, and Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood - have since died by suicide.

Due to the pandemic, an invite-only ceremony will be held Tuesday evening followed by a viewing period for his grieving colleagues in the U.S. Capitol Police. Members of Congress are invited to attend the viewing period from 7:00 a.m.to 9:00 a.m. on February 3. "We must never forget the events of January 6 and the loss of life that occurred", said Gus Papathanasiou, the U.S. Capitol Police labor committee chairman. Representative Ralph Norman and Senator Tim Scott - both Republicans from SC introduced a bill on Thursday that would allow Sicknick to lie in honor at the Capitol before his burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

"The heroism of Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police force during the violent insurrection against our Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that the Congress was not diverted from our duty to the Constitution", House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer said in a joint statement.

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"Officer Sicknick died because he put the lives of Members of Congress and their staff before his own safety - he did his duty", said Gus Papathanasiou, president of the union representing rank-and-file officers.

"Officer Sicknick was a patriot and a hero", Menendez said. "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.

Lying in state is typically reserved for leaders of American government, but two US Capitol Police officers shot to death in 1998 were the first private citizens to lie in honor at the Capitol. Since then, Rosa Parks and the late Rev. Billy Graham were also chosen to lie in honor.

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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