A US Capitol police officer has died of injuries sustained during a riot led by supporters of President Donald Trump on the Capitol.
Police said in a statement, “Officer Brian Sicknick was responding to the riots…and was injured while physically engaging with protesters.”
The US Capitol police officer lost his life following his collapse upon returning to his divisional office, the police added.
Metropolitan homicide officials said they will investigate the death of Sicknick, who joined the US Capitol Police in 2008.
In an unprecedented assault on democracy in the US, thousands of supporters of outgoing President Trump stormed the Capitol building on Thursday and clashed with police.
President Donald Trump condemned the violent supporters who stormed the US Capitol, saying they do not represent America.
In a video message, Donald Trump said America is, and must always be a nation of law and order.
“Like all Americans, I am outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem. I immediately deployed the national guard and federal law enforcement to secure the building and expel the intruders,” Donald Trump said in the video.
Donald Trump also accepted the result of the election and pledged a “smooth transition” of power to Biden.
“Now, Congress has certified the results a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power,” Trump said.
“We must get on with the business of America. My campaign vigorously pursued every legal avenue to contest the election results. My only goal was to ensure the integrity of the vote and so doing, I was fighting to defend American democracy.”
Trump said that he continues to strongly believe that the US must reform election laws to verify the identity and eligibility of all voters and to ensure faith and confidence in all future elections.
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