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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday ordered flags lowered to half-staff at the Capitol to honor US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick.
Sicknick, 42, died Thursday after he was reportedly bludgeoned Wednesday with a fire extinguisher as President Trump’s supporters broke in to the building in a failed attempt to scrap certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
“I have ordered the flags at the Capitol lowered to half-staff in Officer Sicknick’s honor,” Pelosi (D-Calif.) said.
“The sacrifice of Officer Sicknick reminds us of our obligation to those we serve: to protect our country from all threats foreign and domestic. May it be a comfort to Officer Sicknick’s family that so many mourn with and pray for them at this sad time.”
On Thursday night, a large group of police officers gathered near the Capitol to honor Sicknick. Police vehicles passed with flashing lights as many other cops saluted toward the building.
Pelosi said “the perpetrators of Officer Sicknick’s death must be brought to justice.”
“The violent and deadly act of insurrection targeting the Capitol, our temple of American Democracy, and its workers was a profound tragedy and stain on our nation’s history,” she said.
“But because of the heroism of our first responders and the determination of the Congress, we were not, and we will never be, diverted from our duty to the Constitution and the American people.”
Sicknick was a member of the US Capitol Police since 2008, the force said.
The chief of the Capitol Police, Steven Sund, announced his resignation Thursday after the jarring breaches of security that allowed for the break-in. His department reportedly turned down offers of help from the FBI and National Guard ahead of the mayhem.
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