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Two men arrested in assault on Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

Two men are charged with assaulting US Capitol cop Brian Sicknick who died after January riot 2 charged with assaulting Capitol police officer from N.J. who died after attack, report says
Kristine Garrett | 16 March, 2021, 05:22

Tanios and 32-year-old Julian Elie Khater, of Pennsylvania, have been charged for attacking two Capitol Police officers and a Washington, D.C. officer during the Capitol riot.

Guests listen during a ceremony memorialising US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, as an urn with his cremated remains lies in honour on a black-draped table at the centre of the Capitol Rotunda, February 3.

The idea that Sicknick died after being sprayed by a chemical irritant has emerged in recent weeks as a new theory in the case.

Earlier this month, news organizations that had reported Sicknick died after being struck with a fire extinguisher backed away from those reports as law enforcement sources told several outlets that they suspected Sicknick possibly died from exposure to a chemical irritant, like bear spray. If convicted, they could each face up to 20 years in prison.

"Give me that bear s--", Khater allegedly said to Tanios on video recorded at Capitol at 2:14 p.m., where Sicknick and other officers were standing guard behind metal bicycle racks, arrest papers say, the Post reported.

The Post report said authorities filed charges after tipsters contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and allegedly identified Khater and Tanios from wanted images the Federal Bureau of Investigation publicized, which had been culled from surveillance video and officer-worn body camera footage, arrest papers say.

During the ceremony honoring Sicknick at the Capitol, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., described him as a "peacekeeper, not only in duty but in spirit".

The two suspects were in custody, and the names of their lawyers weren't immediately clear.

At least 800 people entered the Capitol after a smaller number forced entry, police have testified, seeking to block Congress from confirming the November presidential election victory of Joe Biden.

Mr Trump had urged supporters on the National Mall to "fight like hell" to overturn his defeat.

Sicknick died at a hospital about 9:30 p.m. on January 7, one day after 139 police officers were reportedly assaulted by an angry mob Trump supporters wielding sledge hammers, baseball bats, hockey sticks, crutches and flagpoles.

In a statement Monday, Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman called the attack on the Capitol and its officers "an attack on our democracy".

Officials have not said specifically what they think led to Sicknick's death and the medical examiner's report on Sicknick's death is incomplete, the AP reports. Police have not determined the cause of Sicknick's death and have not charged Khater and Tanios with homicide. However, according to the statement, Sicknick returned to his office, where he collapsed, was brought to the hospital, and was later declared dead.

Interim Morgantown Police Chief Eric Powell said a man charged with attacking law enforcement during the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol had a history of making calls.

Fox News' Tucker Carlson also decried what he thought was a weaponization of Sicknick's death by Democrats.

More than 300 people have already been charged in connection with the riots at the Capitol, and the Justice Department said last week it intends to file charges against more than 100 additional defendants.

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