Metropolitan Police Department has announced that Sicknick's death would be investigated as a homicide.
A Capitol Police officer was killed by a MAGA terrorist during an attempted coup on Thursday. Brian D. Sicknick, a US Capitol Police Officer passed away after succumbing to injuries inflicted during a riot incited by President Donald Trump and a few other Republicans. He was reportedly hit on the head with an extinguisher by a MAGA terrorist, reported The Sun. Sicknick was on life support but died at 9.30 pm on January 7. "Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed.
He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries," said an official statement. Metropolitan Police Department announced that it would be treating Sicknick's death as a case of homicide. Sicknick, 42, had been in the force since 2008. Five people died in the riots including four Trump supporters. Of which one woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police as the crowd breached the building while the other three suffered medical emergencies that proved fatal. Authorities also found two pipe bombs on Capitol Hill and the FBI announced a $50,000 reward for anyone with information on the people who brought the bombs.
Officer Brian D. Sicknick of the United States Capitol Police died tonight.— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) January 8, 2021
He was killed while defending our Capitol from a rampaging mob of Trump supporters.
He responded to the riots and was injured while physically engaging with protesters.
He was 42 years old. pic.twitter.com/OBSya2HXGt
Trump and other Republicans who incited violence distanced themselves from the rioters. Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley were among those who encouraged people to march to Capitol Hill. "The demonstrators who infiltrated the Capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engage in acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country. And to those who broke the law, you will pay," said President Trump. The President had literally promised rioters that he would march with them to Capitol Hill and even after his supporters breached Capitol Hill building, he tweeted, "USA demands the truth!"
FBI releases photo and offers $50k reward for the suspected terrorist who placed pipe bombs in DC pic.twitter.com/LbMnu6B6A8— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 8, 2021
It was only later that he tweeted a video asking the extremists to back down but even then he praised them and told them he loved them. Ted Cruz attempted to quietly wash his hands off the riots as he called MAGA crowd terrorists. "Yesterday's terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted," tweeted Ted Cruz against the very supporters he had encouraged to march to Capitol Hill. “I have disagreed with the president’s language and rhetoric the last four years,” said Ted Cruz as he threw the President under the bus. Ted Cruz disagreed with Trump's rhetoric for four years but refused to say a word about it. Nothing sums up Ted Cruz better.
US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund announced he was resigning from his job. He said Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers were "actively attacked" with metal pipes and other weapons. "They were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage," said Sund, reported CNN. There were also images of a terrorist holding police-style zip-tie handcuffs, which would only make sense if they were planning to take people hostage. "The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C.," said Sund in a statement. "Maintaining public safety in an open environment — specifically for First Amendment activities — has long been a challenge. But make no mistake — these mass riots were not First Amendment activities; they were criminal riotous behavior.
No one can tell me that if it had been a group of Black Lives Matter protestors yesterday that they wouldn’t have been treated very differently than the mob that stormed the Capitol.— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 7, 2021
We all know that’s true — and it’s unacceptable.
"The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick's family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague," Capitol Police said. For all the Blue Lives Matter protests carried out by Trump protesters, turns out, it didn't really matter to them as one of them killed a police officer. The police were themselves complicit in the riots as videos emerged of them opening the barricades for Trump supporters and one of them taking selfies with the rioters. Not to mention, police officers escorting the rioters out of the building like they were school kids out on a field trip. This from the same force that dragged out disabled Americans who protested cuts to healthcare.
Reminder that this is what Capitol Police did to disabled peaceful protestors three years ago who simply wanted better healthcare.— B.W. Carlin (@BaileyCarlin) January 6, 2021
Dragged out of wheelchairs. pic.twitter.com/yER5cz1b1w
The poor response of the police force and national guard was also called into question in the aftermath of the riots. Democratic Representative Mike Quigley said it was obvious the Capitol Hill force needed back up. "My concern wasn't with how valiant the Capitol Police were. It was that an hour before the debate started, I looked at the throngs of people surrounding different sections of the Capitol and said, we don't have enough security. I'm no expert in security, but you can tell we were out-manned in an hour before the debate," said Quigley.