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 introduced 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 accordance to White House officers, however his go to to the Capitol was not introduced till the president’s motorcade departed the White House. Jill Biden, the primary girl, 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 House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood to the facet throughout the arrival. His stays handed by a set of doorways nonetheless shattered from the occasions on Jan. 6.
Mr. Biden departed the White House 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 National Cemetery.
Two Capitol Police officers 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. A personal ceremony was held for Mr. Sicknick’s household, after which his fellow officers surrounded the desk, alongside lawmakers together with Mr. Schumer, Ms. Pelosi and Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican chief.
One by one, officers saluted their former colleague earlier than submitting out.
The Bidens arrived quickly after. They walked hand in hand across the heart 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 could possibly be seen shaking his head.
It is uncommon for folks to lie in honor within the Capitol, a distinction reserved for personal residents, whereas authorities officers, like former presidents, lie in state. Congress licensed the excellence in 1998, after two Capitol Police officers 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 obtained the glory.
“The family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick thanks the Congressional leadership for bestowing this historic honor on our fallen American hero,” his companion, Sandra Garza, and his household stated in an announcement. “Knowing our personal tragedy and loss is shared by our nation brings hope for healing.”
At least 14 different Capitol Police officers had been injured within the assault, in accordance to 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.