U.S. Capitol Police said late on Thursday that a police officer named Brian Sicknick died due to injuries sustained in response to the riot led by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol.
"Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters", the police said in a statement, adding he passed away on Thursday night.
In the hours following Trump's address to supporters at 1pm on Wednesday where he rejected the 2020 election results, telling the crowds to "get their people and fight," protesters proceeded to storm the U.S. Congress in an unprecedented siege for the next few hours.
Law enforcement officers tried to stop the crowds, with backup only arriving hours after the breach. Congress halted proceedings confiming the Electoral College result as violent crowds broke in, resuming later in the evening.
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President Donald Trump later responded to the news saying, "There will be an orderly transition" on January 20th.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. while this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again," Donald Trump said in a statement.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held a press conference with no questions on Thursday, where she said President Donald Trump’s administration found the siege of the U.S. Capitol to be “appalling, reprehensible and antithetical to the American way.”