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Capitol Police Officer Murdered By Trump Terrorists

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A Capitol police officer has died of injuries inflicted by the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The death of Officer Brian Sicknick underlines the seriousness of the terrifying stories coming out from people who were in the Capitol, or in contact with people in the Capitol, during the terrorist assault on it.

According to a statement, “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. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries” around 9:30 PM Thursday. Sicknick is the fifth person to die as a result of the attack. His death is being investigated as a murder by the U.S. attorney’s office.

The stories coming from people who lived through it show the atmosphere of violence in which Sicknick was killed. The governors of Maryland and Virginia have recounted the calls from congressional leaders pleading for help, but, strikingly, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s story involves having to tell House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer that he didn’t yet have permission to deploy the National Guard.

”I was actually on the phone with Leader Hoyer who was pleading with us to send the guard,” Hogan said. “He was yelling across the room to Schumer and they were back and forth saying we do have the authorization and I’m saying, ‘I’m telling you we do not have the authorization.’” The leader of the Maryland National Guard had to ask for authorization repeatedly, and it was only 90 minutes later that the authorization came, not through the usual channels.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam described getting a direct personal call from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who he doesn’t know well and would normally arrange a call through their respective staffs. “She said they needed help, and I assured her that we had deployed the Guard and we’d sent the Virginia State Police. She said: ‘Ralph there’s glass being broken around me. I’ve heard there’s been gunfire. We’re just very, very concerned right now.’”

New York Times journalists who were in the Capitol described their harrowing experiences, with one, photographer Erin Schaff, having been assaulted and robbed by Trump’s terrorist mob.

”Suddenly, two or three men in black surrounded me and demanded to know who I worked for,” she wrote. “Grabbing my press pass, they saw that my ID said The New York Times and became really angry. They threw me to the floor, trying to take my cameras. I started screaming for help as loudly as I could. No one came. People just watched. At this point, I thought I could be killed and no one would stop them. They ripped one of my cameras away from me, broke a lens on the other, and ran away.”

That assault left her wandering the Capitol without the credentials identifying her as press, and ultimately she was held at gunpoint by police and only let go when other journalists saw and told the police she was a journalist.

Emily Cochrane, a Times reporter, describes Rep. Ruben Gallego “jacketless, standing on a chair and yelling instructions on how to use the masks” as people in the House chamber were told to be prepared to put on emergency hoods.

As account after account makes clear, this was absolutely a terrorist attack—and a deadly one. And the terrorists were gently escorted out of the site of their attack by police, leaving anything approaching justice for later, after they’ve dispersed to their homes.

Reprinted with permission of the Daily Kos and authored by Laura Clawson

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9 Responses to Capitol Police Officer Murdered By Trump Terrorists

  1. Bill Formby Reply

    January 9, 2021 at 11:34 am

    This has been building since day one and now that it’s here the conservative lunatics are acting shocked. Those Republicans that allowed him to lie with impunity need to be lined up to be caned.

  2. Andrew F Foertsch Reply

    January 8, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    The Capitol Police officers who enabled the terrorists are also complicit in the murder of one of their own. The whole unit needs to be disbanded and reformed by those who are loyal to the Constitution.

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      January 9, 2021 at 8:48 am

      I don’t disagree that some with the CP acted shamelessly, but not all of them. There were just as many who were fighting with the terrorists, as there were those who enabled them. I will not, however, accept that any were directly complicit in the murder of their colleague. To do so would indirectly forgive the actions of the terrorists. As to disbanding and remaking the unit, I think that’s doable and necessary. Trump’s reach should not extend to the police.

  3. Michael John Scott Reply

    January 8, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    I have ZERO sympathies for these people. They chose to support a lunatic, all the while believing FOX News and their litany of daily lies. They need to be prosecuted vigorously. I guarantee there are some assholes puckering most vigorously as these morons listened to even FOX announce the death of this officer announce it, and also announced that the DOJ planned on looking into it.

    • jess Reply

      January 8, 2021 at 12:17 pm

      Well they have tRump to thank for longer sentences since he upped the ante when monuments to the confederacy were being knocked down, They forget that if you do this to us lefties it WILL hit your goopers at some point. That is when they start crying like babies how unfair it all is.

  4. jess Reply

    January 8, 2021 at 11:47 am

    I swear if I hear another member of the fright wing blame this on liberals I might have to hurt someone. I read that one of the mob tased his own balls and that is how he died. I wish I could muster up some sympathy for them, but I only have it for the law enforcement people that had to deal with these assboils.

  5. Glenn Geist Reply

    January 8, 2021 at 10:44 am

    What else can we call it, a Conservative movement? Who was that dressed like Thorkill the Skullsplitter – George Will? Someone from the Federalist society?

    These poor delusional morons deserve jail, but the instigators – those cowards and traitors who designed and instigated this in an effort to overthrow the government by force and those who helped them do it need more than some minor sentence and We’re talking Rudy and the Trump boys. Strip them of citizenship and exile them. See if Russia will take them.

    I know, I know, the charge of treason requires a war, but what else is it when the capitol is attacked. A pathetic war, yes, but a military action constitutes a declaration of war. Lock them up! or string them up. Either one is OK with me.

    • Tall Stacey Reply

      January 8, 2021 at 3:57 pm

      Well Glenn, in lieu of treason, Sedition and Insurrection charges come to mind.

      18 USC Ch. 115: TREASON, SEDITION, AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES addresses those crimes.

      §2383. Rebellion or insurrection
      Whoever incites, sets on foot, assists, or engages in any rebellion or insurrection against the authority of the United States or the laws thereof, or gives aid or comfort thereto, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

      §2384. Seditious conspiracy
      If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

      §2385. Advocating overthrow of Government
      Whoever knowingly or willfully advocates, abets, advises, or teaches the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying the government of the United States or the government of any State, Territory, District or Possession thereof, or the government of any political subdivision therein, by force or violence, or by the assassination of any officer of any such government; or

      Whoever, with intent to cause the overthrow or destruction of any such government, prints, publishes, edits, issues, circulates, sells, distributes, or publicly displays any written or printed matter advocating, advising, or teaching the duty, necessity, desirability, or propriety of overthrowing or destroying any government in the United States by force or violence, or attempts to do so; or

      Whoever organizes or helps or attempts to organize any society, group, or assembly of persons who teach, advocate, or encourage the overthrow or destruction of any such government by force or violence; or becomes or is a member of, or affiliates with, any such society, group, or assembly of persons, knowing the purposes thereof—

      Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

      If two or more persons conspire to commit any offense named in this section, each shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both, and shall be ineligible for employment by the United States or any department or agency thereof, for the five years next following his conviction.

      As used in this section, the terms “organizes” and “organize”, with respect to any society, group, or assembly of persons, include the recruiting of new members, the forming of new units, and the regrouping or expansion of existing clubs, classes, and other units of such society, group, or assembly of persons.

      • Glenn Geist Reply

        January 9, 2021 at 10:28 am

        I listened to their chants of “Hang Biden” this morning. They were asking where he was. The guy dressed like a commando carrying a hundred cable ties intended to “arrest” Democrats so they could “try them” so that they could be executed on the spot. There is no way you can spin this as anything less than firing on Fort Sumter. Direct military response was justified and when they try this again (and they will) I’d love to see them mowed down like weeds. I would like to see Rupert Murdoch and his flying monkeys hanged for fomenting this rebellion and yes, Rush Limbaugh with his medal pinned to his bleeding corpse. We declared war on Germany for less than this.

        I do not believe in a death penalty, but I do believe in self defense and if the government of the United States cannot stand it’s ground – will not defend itself, it is no longer our government.

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