Pelosi orders flags at half-staff for Capitol officer who died
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (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.
“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.
“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 DeLauro (D-Conn.) and House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch Chairman Tim Ryan (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.