Police shed tears lining streets of DC to salute officer killed in Capitol riots

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Police officers were unable to hold back the tears as they lined a street in Washington to honour a colleague who was murdered at the US Capitol riots.

Officer Brian Sicknick died after he was hit over the head with a fire extinguisher as he tried to prevent Donald Trump supporters from storming the building on Wednesday.

The officer was a veteran with the armed forces and had served six years in the New Jersey Air National Guard, as a leader of the 108th Security Force Squadron.

Four people died during the riots including US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit, who was shot dead by police.

In a further tragic twist, Officer Howard Liebengood reportedly took his life three days after he policed at the riots.

Police officers were unable to hold back the tears
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He died while off-duty on Saturday.

Flags at Capitol were flown at half mast at the request of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

An aide has claimed that Donald Trump has yet to contact Officer Sicknick’s family but Vice President Mike Pence has called them to offer his condolences.

Capitol Police said in a statement that the dead officer was injured "while physically engaging with protesters".

Officer Brian Sicknick died after he was hit over the head with a fire extinguisher
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Two law enforcement officials said that during the struggle he was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher.

Chief Master Sgt Lance Endee paid tribute to his fallen colleague saying he was a "good person".

He told Fox 29 : "I don't think Brian had a nasty bone in his body. He just was a good person and wanted the best for everyone around him.

"When you are told he died such a horrible death, I was very sad about the whole thing. He really optimised the air force core value of service before self."

Officers lined a street in Washington
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Officer Sicknick was from New Jersey and the state's Governor Phil Murphy released a statement calling his death a "needless murder".

It reads: "Officer Sicknick gave his life protecting the United States Capitol, and by extension, our very democracy from violent insurrection.

"His needless murder at the hands of a mob bent on overthrowing the Constitution he had dedicated his life to upholding is shocking.

"It is my fervent hope that the rioters whose actions directly contributed to his death are quickly identified and brought to justice."

A colleague weeping in the street
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A GoFundMe page dedicated to Officer Sicknick has raised almost $550,000 (£407,000) for his family – more than double its $250,000 (£185,000) target.

The page reads: "Officer Sicknick joined the United States Capitol Police in July of 2008 and on his most recent assignment he served on the First Responders Unit.

"Officer Sicknick shared a passion for the outdoors and became a member of the mountain bike unit with Capitol Police, patrolling the grounds daily.

"His fellow officers remember him as someone they could always count on to be there and also could always bring a smile or laugh to them. Brian also shared a love for dogs as many of us at USCP do.

Officer Brian Sicknick died on Saturday
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"There are no words to describe the loss of Officer Brian Sicknick. He will forever be remembered for his bravery and service to our country as a member of the military and a United States Capitol Police Officer."

Sicknick's death has shaken America as questions have been raised asking how an armed mob could storm the halls of the US Capitol as the presidential election results were being certified.

Videos published online show vastly outnumbered Capitol Police officers trying in vain to stop surging rioters, while other videos show officers not moving to stop rioters in the building.

The police chief has resigned as have the chief security officers for both the US House and Senate after it was revealed that help from the Pentagon was refused three day before despite there being signs that things could get violent.

A memorial to the fallen officer
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Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who represents the 8th District of Michigan, has requested that Officer Sicknick be buried with posthumous honours at Arlington National Cemetery.

She said: "Officer Sicknick died in the line of duty as a U.S. Capitol Police Officer but did so living up to the oath he swore in the military: to protect and defend the Constitution."

Officer Sicknick leaves behin his parents, Charles and Gladys Sicknick, brothers Ken and Craig, and his longtime partner Sandra Garza.

The family have asked that his death is not turned into "a political issue".

They added: "Brian is a hero and that is what we would like people to remember."

The US Capitol Police have also paid tribute to Officer Liebengood.

They said: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.

"We ask that his family, and other USCP officers' and their families' privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time."

The USCP made no suggestion that the officer's death had anything to do with the riots.

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