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Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Died Of Natural Causes, Medical Examiner Rules

United States Capitol Police United States Capitol Police
Melba Vasquez | 20 April, 2021, 02:02

Potentially shining a light on why prosecutors have not yet leveled homicide charges against accused rioters, the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office reportedly released a ruling on Monday finding that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died of natural causes after suffering two strokes the day after the January 6th siege.

The new findings mean it will be hard for federal prosecutors to bring homicide charges in connection with Mr Sicknick's death.

On Feb. 2, however, CNN reported investigators said it's unclear why Sicknick collapsed the night of the riots, but failed to find signs the officer "sustained any blunt force trauma", let alone by a fire extinguisher.

The medical examiner, Francisco J. Diaz told The Washington Post that the autopsy found no evidence the 42-year-old officer suffered an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, which Diaz said would have caused Sicknick's throat to quickly seize. Diaz said he could not comment on whether Sicknick had a preexisting medical condition, citing privacy laws.

Sicknick, 42, was sprayed with a chemical substance outside the Capitol at around 2:20 p.m. ET on January 6, the report said.

Sicknick was one of five people who died after a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, interrupting the electoral count that certified Joe Biden as the victor of the November election. "The FBI and Metropolitan Police Department will jointly investigate the case and the Department of Justice will spare no resources in investigating and holding accountable those responsible".

Last month, federal authorities arrested two men who allegedly assaulted Sicknick with bear spray at the Capitol, but authorities did not say if the assault directly contributed to his death the next day.

The Capitol Police had previously said in a statement that Sicknick "was injured while physically engaging with protesters".

It was not immediately clear how the medical examiner's report would affect ongoing investigations into Sicknick's death and how it might affect the charges stemming from his alleged assault.

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The officer was honored in the Capitol at the beginning of February. Cory Booker (D-NJ) They spilled his blood, they took our son away from his parents.

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