Slain Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor in the Rotunda
Feb 03 2021
"The U.S. Congress is united in grief, gratitude, and solemn appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick", Pelosi and Schumer said in a press release. "Just as U.S. Capitol Police put themselves in harm's way last week to protect the seat of American democracy, the same selflessness and sacrifice is made every day by law enforcement officers across our nation". "May this ceremony and the knowledge that so many mourn with and pray for them be a comfort to Officer Sicknick's family during this sad time". "He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries" late on January 7.
Fencing now installed near the US Capitol was erected in days after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the building in a failed effort to stop the electoral certification of the US election, resulting in five deaths, including a Capitol police officer.
Acting Metropolitan police department (MPD) chief, Robert Contee identified the officer as Jeffrey Smith, who he said was injured while trying to help contain the mob of former President Trump's supporters attempting to stop Congress from certifying President Biden's electoral victory.
Members of the office of the Architect of the US Capitol check for damage in the Rotunda in Washington, DC, on January 7, 2021, one day after the attack by pro-Trump extremists.
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.
"I am here to offer my sincerest apologies on behalf of the Department", she said in an opening statement during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.
A ceremonial arrival is set for 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol with a viewing period to commence at 10 p.m. for fellow Capitol Police officers and continue overnight.
Members of Congress are invited to attend a two-hour viewing the following morning in the Capitol Rotunda. 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.