A U.S. Capitol Police Officer died Thursday night after sustaining injuries during Wednesday’s violent riots in Washington D.C., Capitol police confirmed in a statement.
“At approximately 9:30 p.m. this evening (January 7, 2021), United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on-duty,” the statement said.
“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
U.S. Capitol Police said his death will be investigated as a homicide by Capitol Police and federal agencies.
“The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague,” Capitol police said. “We ask that Officer Sicknick’s family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this time.”
Members of Congress also expressed their grievances after the death of Officer Sicknick was confirmed.
Sen. Ted Cruz called the death “devastating” on Twitter Friday morning.
“Devastating,” Cruz wrote. “Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero. Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted.”
Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote, “May he Rest in Peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation.
Officer Sicknick was one of five people that have been confirmed dead following the Capitol building siege.
Air Force veteran, Ashli Babbitt, died Wednesday after being fatally shot by Capitol police inside the Capitol building.
Benjamin Phillips of Pennsylvania, Rosanne Boylan of Georgia and Kevin Greeson of Alabama, died after suffering “medical emergencies,” said Mayor Bowser and D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee during a news conference.
“It didn’t have to be this way,” Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer said. “Now five people have died, including Officer Sicknick. There are so many who should feel utterly ashamed, if they were capable.”
According to Contee, more than 50 Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police Department officers suffered injuries during the attack, and several officers were hospitalized with serious injuries.
City police officers arrested 70 people Wednesday and Thursday on charges related to unrest, Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said. Most of those arrests were for violating curfew, with many also facing charges of unlawful entry.
Bowser and other Democrats called for the top security officials at the Capitol to resign after the violent attack. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund handed in his resignation, effective next week. Senate Sargent-at-Arms Michael Stenger also resigned, according to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
By this weekend, 6,200 National Guard members will be placed in D.C. to support police and security efforts, U.S. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy has confirmed.
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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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