Trump announces flags will be flown at half-staff following deaths of Capitol Police officers

President Donald Trump has called for American flags to be flown at half-staff to honor Capitol Police officers who died as a result of the riot that took place last week, The Hill reports.

“As a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff…until sunset, January 13, 2021,” the president said in an official White House proclamation.

Flags will reportedly be lowered at the White House, military posts, naval stations, naval vessels, and public facilities.

What we know

According to the Capitol Police, officer Brian Sicknick died on Thursday as the result of injuries that he sustained the previous day while defending the Capitol and lawmakers from the rioters. The fatal injuries reportedly resulted from Sicknick being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher.

Sicknick was 42 years old, and had been a member of the Capitol Police force since 2008.

The circumstances surrounding the death of officer Howard Liebengood are less clear. His official cause of death has not been made public.

According to The Washington Post, however, Liebengood died by suicide a few days after being on duty when the riot took place. The Post claims to have received this information from “officials [who] spoke on the condition of anonymity to release details that were not being made public.”

Liebengood was 51, and had been with the Senate Division of the Capitol Police since 2005.

Remembering the fallen

On Sunday, a procession was held in Washington, D.C. for Sicknick.

In coverage of the event, a hearse with a large police escort could be seen carrying the fallen officer down Independence Avenue and Constitution Avenue. Saluting law enforcement members lined the streets.

The D.C. Police Department posted photos of the event on Twitter, writing that Sicknick “will always be remembered and never forgotten.”

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