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Officials launch murder probe into death of officer following DC protests

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Brian David Sicknick, 42, died Thursday of injuries he sustained while trying to protect the Capitol from a mob of violent rioters supporting President Donald Trump who rushed the building to disrupt the certification of the presidential election. He was tweeting again after his Twitter account was reinstated, reverting to an aggressive statement that his supporters must not be "disrespected" after he sent out a calmer Thursday video decrying the violence.

His social media pages suggest that he was a supporter of Mr Trump. It's a highly unusual defense to criticism that hasn't previously warranted an riposte from America's top diplomat.

Hours after the chaos at Capitol Hill in Washington DC which led to the deaths of four people, US President elect Joe Biden drew comparisons with the Black Lives Matter movement and pointed out the difference in the way the protesters have been treated.

According to officials, over 50 Capitol Police officers were injured in the violence.

"Our Republic may have been disrupted yesterday, but the resolve of our legislators to conduct the people's business did not waver", Miller said, adding that the Pentagon would carry out a peaceful transition of power to Joe Biden on January 20.

Top lawmakers are sounding alarms that even though Trump is to leave office January 20 when Democrat Joe Biden is sworn in, he could do great damage on his way out.

The Capitol building was locked down after pro-Trump protesters entered the Senate chamber and tear gas was used in the building.

A woman identified as Ms Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer.

"This president should not hold office one day longer", he said.

Phillips, a computer programmer, had a side business selling stuffed animals at Trump rallies, including a kangaroo dressed as Trump that he called Trumparoo.

Schiff was the leading manager of the House Democrats' impeachment of the president in 2019.

Jeffrey Rosen, acting US Attorney General, said the Justice Department "will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible" for the death of Mr Sicknick.

Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, ordered flags at the Capitol be lowered to half-mast on Friday in Mr Sicknick's honor.

Pence goes on to write Sicknick was "American hero who gave his life defending our Capitol".

They are among the five people who died Wednesday when thousands of pro-Trump supporters forced their way into the U.S. Capitol in Washington, smashing windows and ransacking offices.

Sherwin on Thursday pointedly did not rule out bringing charges against Trump and others who incited the riot.

"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.

Ken Sicknick said his brother, a staff-sergeant, had been assigned to the 108th Air Refueling Wing out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurt in New Jersey.

"That was when it really started to get scary", said Wild, 63, describing Wednesday's dramatic siege of the complex that houses the US Congress. It's a process for removing the president and installing the vice president to take over. That section of the amendment has never been invoked.

Pelosi said "a threshold was crossed of such magnitude" that Trump should not be allowed to make any decisions.

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