President Biden traveled to the Capitol on Tuesday night to pay his respects to Brian D. Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died from accidents sustained throughout a Jan. 6 mob assault and whose stays had been delivered to lie in honor within the Capitol Rotunda.
Mr. Biden spoke with members of Mr. Sicknick’s household within the days after he was killed, in line with White Home officers, however his go to to the Capitol was not introduced till the president’s motorcade departed the White Home. Jill Biden, the primary woman, joined him.
On Tuesday round 9:30 p.m., Mr. Sicknick’s stays had been delivered to a silent Capitol on a chilly and windy night. Officers from Mr. Sicknick’s unit, some on mountain bikes, lined up close to the steps exterior. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the bulk chief, and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood to the facet in the course of the arrival. His stays handed via a set of doorways nonetheless shattered from the occasions on Jan. 6.
Mr. Biden departed the White Home minutes later.
The memorial for Mr. Sicknick, who was 42, was not open to the general public, however cops and lawmakers are scheduled to be given the chance to pay their respects earlier than Mr. Sicknick is buried at Arlington Nationwide Cemetery.
Two Capitol Cops positioned an urn containing Mr. Sicknick’s stays and an American flag on a darkish grey desk in the identical rotunda that rioters stormed final month. His fellow officers surrounded the desk, alongside lawmakers together with Mr. Schumer, Ms. Pelosi and Consultant Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican chief.
A non-public ceremony was held for Mr. Sicknick’s household.
One after the other, officers saluted their former colleague earlier than submitting out.
The Bidens arrived quickly after. They walked hand in hand across the middle of the rotunda, stopping briefly in entrance of a Capitol Police flag, an American flag, and a set of wreaths on show for the ceremony. Mr. Biden might be seen shaking his head.
It’s uncommon for individuals to lie in honor within the Capitol, a distinction reserved for personal residents, whereas authorities officers, like former presidents, lie in state. Congress approved the excellence in 1998, after two Capitol Cops had been killed by a gunman. Rosa Parks, the civil rights chief, and the evangelist Rev. Billy Graham are the one different two people who’ve acquired the distinction.
“The household of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick thanks the Congressional management for bestowing this historic honor on our fallen American hero,” his accomplice, Sandra Garza, and his household stated in a press release. “Understanding our private tragedy and loss is shared by our nation brings hope for therapeutic.”
A minimum of 14 different Capitol Cops had been injured within the assault, in line with a memo issued by the F.B.I., which stated in January that it could examine Mr. Sicknick’s killing. Two cops who responded to the assault have since died by suicide.