Officer Killed in Jan. 6 Assault Is Honored at the Capitol
Washington – Capital Police Officer Brian D. Siknik died during his death Riot at the Capitol on 6 January, In honor of Wednesday, the remains of the building in which he once guarded were taken out for the last time through doors scattered by the ramparts.
Members of his family, lawmen, and Capitol police officers gathered in Rotanda for a somewhat socially distorted service to Officer Siknik, the fifth man to lie in the Capitol for honor and the only one of the force who died while on duty Was the fifth member.
“Blessed are the peace guards like Bryan,” said Senator Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat and majority leader. “Let us now be a peacekeeper in his memory.”
Officer Secnic Died after clash with Trump supporter A storm came to the Capitol last month, with lawmen and Vice President Mike Pence running into an attack that shook the country and led to new investigations for the Capitol Police Force. Chief, as well as top security officer in the House and Senate Everyone resigned After the riots, and the acting chief apologized to the Congress for the misconduct of the department, Saying that it was weak It was already known that it was possible for an attack.
Politics was absent from ceremonies honoring Officer Siknik, which began on Tuesday President Biden traveled to the Capitol to pay tribute. He continued as Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday and lawmen of both parties visited his remains under the Capitol dome, the same location where the rioters had rioted last month.
Mr. Schumer and Chairman Nancy Pelosi made no mention of it Former President Donald J. Trump’s imminent impeachment trialIn which he accuses the officer of “inciting rebellion” for the attack that killed Siknik. Instead, he vowed not to forget the fallen officer.
We must be vigilant in what President Lincoln has referred to as the hardened artillery of the time. We will never forget, ”Ms. Pelosi said during the ceremony, standing in front of the remains of Officer Siknik and in front of the American flag. “Every day when members enter the Capitol, in this temple of democracy, we will remember their sacrifice and then the day others who fought so much to protect the Capitol and Congress.”
A 2008 Air National Guard veteran from South River, NJ, Officer Siknik joined the Capitol Police in 2008. Mr. Schumer said his colleague, New Jersey Devils official Cinic, would describe as “the quiet rock of his unit.” Trusted officers who never missed a radio call. Mr Schumer said that he did not like his new place, adding that he would be “on the first day to stop the pace of humor with high speed”.
Mourning the loss of Two other officers who committed suicide After defending the Capitol on 6 January – which has only intensified headlines on the department – he reminded officers and employees of the mental health resources available.
Other lawmakers and top officials attended the ceremony, including top Republican leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and California Representative Kevin McCarthy; Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III; And Mayor of Washington, Muriel E. Bowser.
In separate statements, Mr. McCarthy and Mr. McConnell expressed their gratitude for Officer Siknik’s bravery. Mr McCarthy said the Congress “joined together in anguish and admiration” on Wednesday. Mr. McConnell called Officer Siknik “a true patriot”.
“Four weeks ago, the rotunda was thrown with the rubble of a rebel mob,” Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor. “Today, it is embellished in thanks to the sacrifice of a hero.”
Other members of Congress in attendance were Wyoming’s representative Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican who Members of his party are facing ire To join the Democrats to impeach Mr. Trump. She expressed her respect for Officer Siknik, a fifth-ranking Democrat, along with New York Representative Hakeem Geoffreys.
Louisiana representative Steve Scalise, for whom the ceremony had some personal significance, joined the crowd.
Mr. Scalise, the No. 2 Republican, was shot and seriously injured In the practice of his party’s congressional baseball team In 2017, two members of his Capitol Police security extension were also injured as they opened fire on the gunman. When Mr. Scales returned to the floor of the house after three months, he Told an officer, “You are my hero – you saved my life.”
Stephen Mallory, a security aide on the Capitol police force who knew Officer Siknik as a quiet and “good man”, said he appreciates that the events were a break from regular politics on Capitol Hill.
“It was not Democrats against Republicans,” he said. “Everyone came together to show respect for the fallen officer.”
Officer Siknik, 42, was among only a handful of people who lie in the Capitol for honor, a distinction for private citizens, while government officials, most recently Justice Ruth Beder Ginsburg, lie in the state Huh. The first two people to lie in honor at the Capitol were also members of the Capitol Police Force, Officer Jacob J. Chestnut and Detective John M. Gibson, Who died in the line of duty in 1998.
Officer Chestnut’s wife went to Rotanda on Wednesday to honor Officer Siknik.
As his remains left the Capitol for the final time, Officer Siknik met the Capitol Police Officers, saluting the salute as it made its way to the Arlington National Cemetery, where it was to intervene.
US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Siknik’s family thanked the congressional leadership for bestowing this historic honor on our fallen American hero, his partner Sandra Garza and family said in a statement prior to the celebrations. “Knowing our personal tragedy and loss shared by our nation brings hope for healing.”
After at least 183 arrests related to the Capitol riots, the FBI continues to search for those who attacked law enforcement officers on 6 January.
Capitol police said Officer Siknik “was injured while physically engaging with the protesters”, after which he returned to his divisional office. There, Officer Siknik collapsed and later died in hospital.
Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papanathansoi said that around 140 Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police officers were injured in the attack. Some were not issued with helmets, and an officer was hit with a metal fence stake. Another has two broken ribs and two smoked spinal discs, and a third has lost his eye, Mr. Papathanasiou said in a statement.
“The officers are angry, and I don’t blame them,” he said. “The entire executive team failed us, and they should be held accountable. Their inaction leads to life.”