Officer killed after DC riot to lie in honor at US Capitol

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The body of hero Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick will return in honor next week to the building where he gave his life.

The 42-year-old New Jersey resident was pepper-sprayed and fatally bludgeoned on Jan. 6, as rioters streamed into the Capitol to try to derail certification of President Biden’s election victory.

He died from his injuries a day later.

Sicknick’s coffin will arrive at 9 p.m. Tuesday at the East Front of the Capitol building, according to a statement from the legislative leaders.

Members of Congress are invited to attend a two-hour viewing the following morning in the Capitol Rotunda.

Sicknick will then be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

“The heroism of Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police force during the violent insurrection against our Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that the Congress was not diverted from our duty to the Constitution,” House Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer said in a joint statement.

“His sacrifice reminds us every day of our obligation to our country and to the people we serve.”

South Carolina Republicans Rep. Ralph Norman and Sen. Tim Scott introduced the bill Thursday that would allow Sicknick to lie in honor.

Only four prior people in the country’s history have lain in honor in the Rotunda, including Rosa Parks, and two Capitol Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty in 1998.

It differs from lying in state, which is reserved for presidents, lawmakers and other dignitaries, in that members of the Capitol police escort and guard the body, as opposed to members of the military.

The FBI is investigating dozens of suspects in connection with Sicknick’s killing.

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