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

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman What good are the intelligence committees? 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 TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend 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 DeLauroKey Democrat unveils plan to restore limited earmarks Acting chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob Democratic women sound alarm on female unemployment MORE (D-Conn.) and House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch Chairman Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanTim Ryan: Prosecutors reviewing video of Capitol tours given by lawmakers before riot Acting chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob Six ways to visualize a divided America 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.