The fallout from Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol building by rogue Trump supporters continues to grow, with the death toll rising as injuries from the clash turn deadly.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has ordered the flags at the Capitol to fly at half staff on Friday in recognition of Brian Sicknick, a police officer who lost his life as a result of the fray.
Sicknick was one of the Capitol police officers at the scene of the Capitol building on Wednesday when a small group of protesters-turned-rioters gained access to the building and proceeded to wreak havoc during the Congressional electoral vote certification process.
Sicknick was critically wounded in the conflict and later succumbed to his injuries. Sicknick was a former military veteran who had spent 12 years serving with the Capitol police.
Rep. Don Beyer (D-CA), who represents Sicknick’s home district, declared that the fallen officer should lie in state because 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.”
Though an announcement concerning Sicknick lying in state has not been made, Pelosi issued a statement condemning the attacks that precipitated his death.
“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 declared.
“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.”
Over 50 officers were injured in the aftermath of the security breach, 15 of whom were hospitalized. Sicknick’s is the only death reported among the officers as of this publication.
Trump drops the hammer
President Trump previously vowed to take his election challenge all the way up to inauguration day, but after Wednesday’s chaos and tragedies, Trump was forced to publically relent and concede the election to Joe Biden.
Trump condemned those who escalated a peaceful protest into a violent melee, declaring that “the demonstrators who infiltrated the capitol have defiled the seat of American democracy. To those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction, you do not represent our country, and to those who broke the law, you will pay.”
“America is and must always be a nation of law and order,” Trump continued, adding that “tempers must be cooled.” Though he stuck to claims that the election was stolen, he took a more conciliatory tone than in previous addresses, noting that “we must revitalize the sacred bonds of love and loyalty that bind us together as one national family.”