House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday evening will host a ceremonial return of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s body to the Capitol Rotunda.
Sicknick, 43, died last month after he was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher as he struggled to contain a mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters, who stormed the Capitol and disrupted certification of President Biden’s victory.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Schumer (D-NY) will lead a ceremonial event at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday marking his return to the building. An overnight viewing period for Capitol Police will begin at 10 p.m., according to a media advisory.
On Wednesday morning, Pelosi and Schumer will speak at a tribute to Sicknick before a departure ceremony on the Capitol steps before noon.
Sicknick was a Trump supporter, his family said. Authorities have not arrested a suspect in his death or released detailed information on the altercation that caused his injuries.
His father Charles Sicknick said the South River, New Jersey, native was pepper-sprayed by rioters before he was beaten about the head. He was resuscitated twice but developed a brain clot and died a day after the riot.
“If any good comes out of my son’s death, I just hope that it stops all the lunacy that’s been going on in this country,” his dad told Reuters.
Four pro-Trump demonstrators also died in the riot, including Roseanne Boyland, 34, who collapsed during a battle between rioters and police in the Rotunda, and Ashli Babbitt, 35, who was shot by a policeman as she climbed through a broken window to Pelosi’s Speaker’s Lobby.
Trump was impeached by the House one week after the riot for allegedly inciting the violence. His Senate trial begins next week. It’s considered unlikely that 17 Republicans will vote to convict as is required; 45 of 50 Republicans voted not to allow the trial.
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