U.S. Capitol Police officer dies after riots fueled appeals for arrest and investigation – National


A policeman has died from injuries sustained when supporters of US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, a violent siege that forces tough questions about the defeated president’s remaining days in power and the police capacity of the Capitol building to secure the area.

US Capitol Police said in a statement that Officer Brian D. Sicknick was injured “while physically engaging with protesters” during Wednesday’s riot. He is the fifth person to die from the melee.

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The rampage that shocked the world and left the country adrift forced the resignation of three senior Capitol Hill security officials for failing to end the breach. This led lawmakers to demand an FBI operations review and briefing on what they called a “terrorist attack.” And it prompts a broader examination of Trump’s tenure and what will follow for a torn nation.

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Protesters were urged by Trump at a rally near the White House earlier Wednesday to travel to Capitol Hill, where lawmakers were to confirm Biden’s presidential victory. Crowds quickly broke through police barriers, smashed windows and marched through hallways, sending lawmakers into hiding.

Five died from the siege of the Capitol. One protester, a white woman, was shot dead by Capitol Police and there were dozens of arrests. Three other people have died after “medical emergencies” linked to the breach.

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Despite Trump’s repeated allegations of electoral fraud, election officials and his own former attorney general said there was no problem on a scale that would change the outcome. All states have certified their results as fair and accurate, by both Republican and Democratic officials.

Senator Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Said the news of the officer’s death was “heartbreaking”.

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“None of this should have happened,” Sasse said in a statement. “The Lord has mercy. ”

Sicknick had returned to his division office after the incident and collapsed, the statement said. He was taken to a local hospital where he died on Thursday.

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Two House Democrats on committees overseeing Capitol Police budgets have said those responsible should be held to account for the “senseless” death.

“We need to make sure that the mob that attacked the People’s House and those who instigated them are held fully accountable,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Ct., And Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio. in a report.

Earlier Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said any day left with the president in power could be “a horror show for America.” Likewise, Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer said the attack on Capitol Hill was “an insurgency against the United States, instigated by the President,” and Trump must not stay in office “one more day”. .

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Pelosi and Schumer have called for invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution to force Trump out of office ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. Schumer said he and Pelosi attempted to call Vice President Mike Pence early Thursday to discuss the option, but were unable to contact him.

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At least one Republican lawmaker has joined the effort. The procedure allows the vice-president and a majority of the Cabinet to declare the president unfit for office. The vice-president then becomes acting president.

Pelosi said if the president’s office does not act quickly, the House could proceed with Trump’s impeachment.

Trump, who had repeatedly refused to concede the election, did so in a video late Thursday from the White House promising a “seamless transition of power.”

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Two Republicans who led the effort to challenge the election results, Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri, faced angry peers in the Senate. Cruz defended his objection to the election results as being “the right thing to do” while he tried in vain to have an investigation opened by Congress. In the House, Republican leaders Republican Kevin McCarthy of California and Republican Steve Scalise of Louisiana joined in an effort to overturn Biden’s victory by opposing the electoral college results.

With tensions high, the Capitol has closed its doors and with lawmakers not planning to return before the inauguration, an ominous sense of deadlock settled in a main seat of national power as Trump remained locked in the White House.

Social media giant Facebook has banned the president from its platform and Instagram for the duration of Trump’s final days in power, if not indefinitely, citing plans to stoke unrest. Twitter had silenced him the day before.

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that “the shocking events” make it clear that Trump “intends to use his remaining time in power to undermine the peaceful and legal transition of power.”

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, under pressure from Schumer, Pelosi and other congressional leaders, was forced to resign. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for and received the resignation of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger with immediate effect. Paul Irving, the House’s longtime Sergeant-at-Arms, has also resigned.

Sund had defended his department’s response to the storming of the Capitol, saying the officers had “acted valiantly in the face of thousands of individuals implicated in violent rioting.”

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called the police response a “failure.”

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Lawmakers on both sides vowed to investigate and questioned whether a lack of preparation allowed a mob to occupy and vandalize the building. The Pentagon and Justice Department had been pushed back when offering to help.

Black lawmakers, in particular, noted how Trump’s supporters, mostly white, were being treated.

Newly elected Representative Cori Bush, D-Mo., Said that if “we as black people did the same things that happened … the reaction would have been different, we would have been willing on the ground.”

Protesters ransacked the place, taking control of the House and Senate chamber area and waving Trump, American and Confederate flags. Outside, they climbed the walls and balconies.

Former Police Chief Val Demings, D-Fla., Said it was “painfully obvious” that the Capitol Police “were unprepared.”

Associated Press editors Mary Clare Jalonick, Zeke Miller, Alan Fram, Padmananda Rama, and Michael Balsamo in Washington contributed to this report.

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