New videos show attack on Officer Brian Sicknick during Jan. 6 riot: NYT

New videos published by The New York Times on Wednesday show the moments that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was attacked with chemical irritants during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The Times published previously unseen footage of the attack, during which Julian Khater and George Tanios allegedly spray Sicknick and other officers with repellants.


One video from the newspaper shows Tanios and Khater at the west side of the Capitol. Khater can be seen looking at the tear gas and chemical spray being sprayed through the crowd. He then appears to look at Tanios and then leaves the site.

A separate video shows Khater telling Tanios “give me that bear shit,” seemingly referring to a canister of bear repellent spray.

Tanios replies, “Hold on, hold on, not yet, not yet. It’s still early.” Khater then says that he had just been sprayed and he returns to the police line.

A third video from the newspaper shows Sicknick, who is wearing a blue jacket, bicycle helmet and a black face mask, standing with other officers behind a metal barricade. Khater is seen on the other side behind other rioters, some of whom are wiping their faces.


Khater waits in the crowd as rioters pull back a metal fencing. As officers spray into the crowd, Tanios is seen raising a can into the air. The Times zeroed in on a thin stream of liquid, which appears to hit Sicknick. The officer then turns his head away.

The Times also presented still images shot by one of its photographers showing the moment that Sicknick retreats, bends over and tries to wash out his eyes.

After the bear spray, Tanios is seen in separate video speaking with unknown men in tactical vests.

Sicknick, who was 42, collapsed later in the day after continuing to defend the Capitol against rioters. He died the next day.

The Capitol Police said in a statement at the time he was “taken to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries” from engaging with protestors. The cause of Sicknick’s death is still unclear.

Khater and Tanios were arrested on March 14 for allegedly assaulting Sicknick and two other officers with chemical irritants, and face nine counts related to the Capitol riot. They are not accused of killing Sicknick.