NJ, Officer Sicknick’s mother ‘couldn’t stay silent’ on insurgency
The New Jersey mother of fallen Capitol Hill cop Brian Sicknick has met with Republican U.S. senators, lobbying for support for a 9/11 style commission on the events of the insurgency on Capitol Hill.
“He and his fellow officers fought for hours and hours against these animals who were trying to take over the Capitol and our democracy as we know it,” said Gladys Sicknick, of South River, in a report. written statement referring to his late son published Wednesday.
“Not having a January 6 commission to look into exactly what happened is a slap in the face to all the officers who did their job that day,” she continued.
Sicknick was joined on Thursday by her son’s longtime partner Sandra Garza, as well as former U.S. Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn and Metropolitan Police Officer Mike Fanone.
“Facts are facts. If they look at the footage that unfolded, it’s very obvious it wasn’t a peaceful day, ”Garza said in a video with C-Span, following a meeting with Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah.
Garza recounted the video and photos showing officers attacked by a violent mob, many dressed in Trump campaign gear, some carrying guns or using items like flag poles and fire extinguishers to throw or beat the officers in uniform.
“If Jan. 6 didn’t happen, Brian would still be here, outright,” said Dunn, the surviving Capitol officer.
An autopsy revealed Sicknick had suffered a stroke, dying a day after the insurgency from what a medical examiner ruled to be natural causes.
At least two men, both from New Jersey, have been accused of using bear spray on Sicknick and other officers during the violence on Capitol Hill.
Federal agents arrested Julian Elie Khater, 32, as he stepped off a plane at Newark Airport in March, according to the US Department of Justice. George Pierre Tanios, 39, was arrested at his home in West Virginia, although both men grew up in New Jersey, according to a federal affidavit of case.
The pair were charged with assaulting Sicknick, who grew up in South River, and two other officers with bear spray during the Jan.6 pro-Trump attack on the U.S. Capitol.
“That’s why I’m here today … in general, I’m ‘stay in the background’, and I couldn’t, couldn’t stay silent anymore,” Sicknick said in the same exchange recorded by C -Span on Thursday.
From the New Jersey congressional delegation, the 11 Democratic representatives and longtime U.S. Republican Chris Smith voted to create a bipartisan commission to examine what led to the deadly violence on Capitol Hill.
“The attack on January 6 resulted in tragic loss of life and personal injury. 140 police officers from Capitol Hill and Washington were injured on January 6, of whom 15 were hospitalized. Three police officers later died – including a courageous one. New Jersey Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick died of a stroke Jan. 7 and two other officers committed suicide. Four rioters died – one was gunned down by police, “Smith said in a statement. .
He said he hoped “the Commission will establish the truth and provide a means to ensure that such an attack does not happen again.”
U.S. Representative Jeff Van Drew, RN.J. 2nd District, voted against the commission, not posting any public comment on the matter.
Former Republican Governor Tom Kean, who co-chaired the bipartisan 9/11 commission with former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, has been urging Congress since the winter to create a similar commission to study the violent attack on Capitol Hill.
“How was this crowd created? How was that – I mean, we don’t know yet if they planned everything in advance or if some were prompted on the spot. We don’t know that yet, ”Kean said in an interview with PBS Newshour in February.
“Find out how it happened and find out the facts everyone agrees on. Once you find out the facts, you can make recommendations to make sure it never, ever, ever happens again, ”he said.
After previously saying that Trump’s “crescendo of conspiracy theories” sparked the insurgency on Capitol Hill, Senator Mitch McConnell said calling for a commission is a “purely political exercise”.
“There is no doubt, no, that President Trump is practically and morally responsible for bringing about the events of the day,” McConnell also told the Senate in February, shortly after voting for President Trump’s acquittal. .
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