At least one U.S. Capitol Police officer died in the aftermath of last week’s Capitol riots, and another has reportedly also succumbed to injuries stemming from the melee.
President Trump ordered the nation’s flags to be flown at half-staff on Sunday to honor the slain officers until sunset on Wednesday “as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice.”
The Hill reported:
The president called for flags at the White House, public buildings, military posts, naval stations, naval vessels and facilities abroad to fly at half-staff to pay respect to Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died due to injuries he suffered when a pro-Trump mob breached the Capitol.
Sicknick, a 42-year-old veteran that had been with D.C. Police since 2008 passed away on Thursday due to injuries sustained “while physically engaging with protesters,” the Capitol police revealed in a statement last week.
The Washington Post reported that Howard Liebengood, another Capitol police officer said to be involved in the riots, also died over the weekend. President Trump’s statement mentioned Liebengood’s death as a factor in the designation as well.
Trump noted that lowering government flags was done to honor both officers’ lives, but also to honor “all Capitol Police Officers, and law enforcement across this great Nation.”
The fallout from Wednesday’s riots continues to build, as more than 60 arrests have been made of rogue Trump supporters that breached the perimeter of the Capitol building and ransacked Congressional offices on Wednesday.
Democrats and mainstream media pundits have pinned the blame for the protest-turned-riot squarely on President Trump, despite his repeated condemnation of the decidedly un-peaceful protest.