An exceptional tribute will be paid to Agent Brian Sicknick, 42, killed after the invasion of the Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump on January 6. The police officer’s casket will be on display in the rotunda of the seat of the US Parliament in Washington, parliamentarians said on Friday (January 29).
“The United States Congress is united in sorrow, gratitude and solemn gratitude for the service and sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick”House of Representatives Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement Friday. His actions “During the violent insurgency against our Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that Congress is not distracted from our duty to the Constitution”, they added. “We have the great privilege of paying homage to Officer Sicknick with this ceremony” of meditation.
Hit on the head with a fire extinguisher
Brian Sicknick, 42, was injured during “Physical contact with demonstrators” who had forced their way into Congress, Capitol police said. He was reportedly hit on the head with a fire extinguisher, according to sources cited by the New York Times. Returned to his quarters, the policeman then collapsed. Taken to the local hospital, he succumbed to his injuries the next day. The death of Mr. Sicknick, who worked for twelve years in this police force, brought to five killed the toll of violence in the precincts of the Congress.
The coffins of four people have been on display in the past in the rotunda, under the Capitol dome, according to the House Archives website: Reverend Billy Graham, civil rights figure Rosa Parks and two other Capitol Hill police officers, Jacob Chestnut and John Gibson, killed in Congress in an exchange of gunfire in 1998. The flags on the Capitol had been half-masted in honor of Mr. Sicknick and his body was greeted with a guard of honor , during his transfer from the morgue to the funeral directors.