Slain Capitol Police Officer Gets Honor Given to Rosa Parks

Brian Sicknick is lying in honor in the Capitol Rotunda
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2021 2:00 AM CST
Biden Pays Respects to Slain Capitol Police Officer
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden pay their respects to the late U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick as an urn with his cremated remains lies in honor on a black-draped table at the center of Capitol Rotunda, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, in Washington.   (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

The remains of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died from injuries sustained during the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol, are lying in honor at the Capitol Rotunda, and on Tuesday night, the president and first lady paid their respects. President Biden, who had already spoken with Sicknick's family members after his death, did not announce his visit until he and wife Jill left the White House minutes after the remains arrived at the Capitol, the New York Times reports.

As Sicknick's remains were delivered, officers from his unit lined up outside. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were on hand, as well as several other congressional leaders, the AP reports. A private memorial was held for Sicknick, 42, but fellow officers and lawmakers will be able to pay their respects before he is buried at Arlington National Cemetery during a Wednesday morning ceremony. Just four other people have lain in honor at the Capitol (the designation is for private citizens; elected officials, judges, and military leaders lie in state): two officers killed in a 1998 shooting at the Capitol; Rosa Parks; and the Rev. Billy Graham. (More Capitol riot stories.)

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