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Pelosi orders flags at half-staff for Capitol officer who died

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNew Mexico Democrat Stansbury sworn into Haaland's old seat Greene apologizes for comparing vaccine rules to Holocaust Overnight Health Care: Biden pleads for more people to get vaccinated | Harris highlights COVID-19 vaccination safety | Novavax COVID-19 vaccine shown highly effective in trial MORE (D-Calif.) on Friday ordered the Capitol to fly its flags at half-staff in honor of Brian Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who died following Wednesday's attack on the building.

“The violent and deadly act of insurrection targeting the Capitol, our temple of American democracy, and its workers was a profound tragedy and stain on our nation’s history," Pelosi said. 

"But because of the heroism of our first responders and the determination of the Congress, we were not, and we will never be, diverted from our duty to the Constitution and the American people," she added, calling for the perpetrator to be brought to justice.
 
Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), who represents Sicknick's district, called for the officer to lie in state, a rare honor.

"He made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting those trapped in the Capitol amid a violent assault on our democracy itself. Like others before him who died in defense of the people’s representatives, he deserves to lie in state,” Beyer said.

Sicknick, a 42-year-old military veteran who served on the force for 12 years, was critically injured Wednesday as Capitol Police tried to defend the Capitol building from a mob of President TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE's supporters. 
 
 
Congress certified the election in the middle of the night, hours after the rioters were cleared from the Capitol.

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“This tragic loss should remind all of us of the bravery of the law enforcement officers who protected us, our colleagues, Congressional staff, the press corps, and other essential workers yesterday," House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauroRosa DeLauroNRCC chairman, Texas lawmakers among top earmark requesters The COVID-19 crisis may soon be over, but the youth mental health crisis is only just beginning Progressives nearly tank House Democrats' Capitol security bill MORE (D-Conn.) and House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch Chairman Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanJ.D. Vance emerges as wild card in Ohio GOP Senate primary 9 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022 Biden faces dilemma on Trump steel tariffs MORE (D-Ohio) said in a joint statement following the officer's death.

Sicknick was one of more than 50 officers injured in the melee, 15 of whom were hospitalized.

The chief of the Capitol Police, and both the House and Senate sergeant-at-arms, have resigned in the aftermath of the events.

Investigations have been opened into the security breach.
 
Updated at 10:29 a.m.