House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Friday that Sicknick's body will arrive at the Capitol on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. ET for a viewing ceremony for Capitol Police officers overnight. On Wednesday morning, Congress members will have a viewing period, followed by a tribute from lawmakers.
"The U.S. Congress is united in grief, gratitude and solemn appreciation for the service and sacrifice of Officer Brian Sicknick," Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement Friday. "The heroism of Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police force during the violent insurrection against our Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that the Congress was not diverted from our duty to the Constitution. His sacrifice reminds us every day of our obligation to our country and to the people we serve."
"Lying in state" is typically reserved for elected officials, which is why Sicknick's ceremony is designated as "lying in honor."
"May this ceremony and the knowledge that so many mourn with and pray for them be a comfort to Officer Sicknick's family during this sad time," Pelosi and Schumer said.
South Carolina Republicans Representative Ralph Norman and Senator Tim Scott had urged the ceremony earlier this week. On Thursday, they introduced a bill for the House Sergeant at Arms to pay for Sicknick's funeral expenses, and to put up a commemorative plaque in the building.
Sicknick's family thanked congressional leadership and those who sent their condolences in a statement Saturday.
"Knowing our personal tragedy and loss is shared by our nation brings hope for healing," the family said.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremonies will be closed to the general public.
Sicknick, who joined the Capitol Police in 2008 after serving in the New Jersey Air National Guard, suffered a head injury "while physically engaging with protesters," police said. When he returned to his division office, he collapsed, and died at a hospital the day after the riot. He was 42.
So far, federal prosecutors have charged at least 172 people for their alleged roles in the riot and opened over 400 investigations into possible criminals. At least 15 of those arrested are veterans and two are currently serving in the Army Reserve, according to military service records obtained by CBS News.
Sicknick will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Nikole Killion contributed to this report.
First published on January 30, 2021 / 10:57 AM
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