WASHINGTON (Eagle News) — The aftermath of the unrest that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday continues with the death of a U.S. Capitol police officer.
Brian Sicknick died late Thursday after reportedly being struck in the head with a fire extinguisher on Wednesday while struggling with rioters who breached the doors the Capitol and walked its halls.
According to Capitol Police, the 42-year-old member of the force returned to his division office where he collapsed and was taken to the hospital.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered flags over the Capitol lowered in his honor.
“I have ordered the flags at the Capitol lowered to half-staff in Officer Sicknick’s honor,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The sacrifice of Officer Sicknick reminds us of our obligation to those we serve: to protect our country from all threats foreign and domestic.”
She also said that “the perpetrators of Officer Sicknick’s death must be brought to justice.”
Four others, all associated with the protests in support of Trump’s unsupported claim that he won the November 3 election, also died on Wednesday.
Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, 35 and a fervent backer of the president from San Diego, California, was shot dead by a Capitol Police officer inside the Capitol building Wednesday.
With a Trump flag wrapped around her, she was at the front of a crowd attempting to batter through an internal doorway when the officer on the other side fired one shot which struck her.
Three others died on the Capitol grounds, police said, of “medical emergencies.”
The two men and one woman were also there to protest for Trump. Roseanne Boyland, 34, from Kennesaw, Georgia, was reportedly trampled during the melee outside the legislature and died of her injuries.
Kevin Greeson, 55, from Athens, Alabama, suffered a heart attack, family members told US media.
And Benjamin Phillips, 50, from Ringtown, Pennsylvania, who had organized a busload of Trump supporters to join the protests, reportedly suffered a stroke.
(Eagle News Service)