The mother of U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick
, who died after engaging with rioters during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack
, is seeking meetings with Republican leaders in order to persuade them to support a proposed commission
to investigate the day's deadly events.
leaders are expected to block a bipartisan measure to establish a 9/11-style commission to investigate the insurgency. Gladys Sicknick
first told Politico
on Thursday that she is seeking meetings with Republican senators in order to persuade them to support the commission.
“Not having a January 6
Commission to look into exactly what occurred is a slap in the faces of all the officers who did their jobs
that day,” Sicknick said in a statement to Politico. “I suggest that all Congressmen and Senators who are against this Bill visit my son’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery and, while there, think about what their hurtful decisions will do to those officers who will be affected by their decisions.
Brian Sicknick suffered two strokes after engaging with rioters and died the next day; though a medical examiner determined Sicknick died naturally, two men were arrested the day of the attack after spraying Sicknick with chemical spray.
The chief medical officer of Washington, D.C., Francisco J. Diaz, stated that “everything that happened played a role in his condition.”
Two other officers who responded to the Capitol insurgency later died by suicide
, including Howie Liebengood, a 15-year veteran of the force whose family has also requested a Jan. 6 commission.
“We believe a thorough, non-partisan investigation
into the root causes of and response to the January 6th riot is critical for our nation to move forward,” Liebengood’s family said earlier this month, adding that “Howie’s death
was an immediate outgrowth of those events.”
Meanwhile, Republican legislators have attempted to minimize or completely rewrite the facts surrounding the Capitol attack.
“Let me be clear: There was no insurgency,” Rep. Andrew Clyde
(R-GA) falsely claimed earlier this month during a hearing on the insurgency. “And to call it an insurgency, in my opinion, is a bold-faced lie.”
During the same hearing, Rep. Jody Hice
(R-GA) claimed that Trump supporters
were the true victims, despite the fact that the FBI
has charged over 500 of them for their roles in the attack, and Rep. Ralph Norman
(R-SC) questioned whether the rioters were Trump supporters, which they were.
A group of anonymous members of the United States Capitol Police
issued their own statement in response to Republicans
downplaying the violence.
“It is inconceivable that some of the Members we protect would downplay the events of January 6th,” the letter said, adding that “Member safety was dependent on the heroic actions of the USCP. It is a privileged assumption for Members to believe that ‘it wasn’t that bad.’”
Gladys Sicknick added in her statement to Politico that all lawmakers should want the truth to be revealed.
aside, wouldn’t they want to know the truth about what happened on January 6?” Sicknick asked, adding that “if they don’t, they don’t deserve to be in the jobs they were elected to do.”