President Biden traveled to the Capitol on Tuesday evening to pay his respects to Brian D. Sicknick, the Capitol police officer who died of a January 6 mob attack and whose remains were honored in the Capitol rotunda.
White House officials said Mr Biden spoke to members of Mr Sicknick’s family in the days following his death, but his visit to the Capitol was not announced until the President’s motorcade left the White House. Jill Biden, the first lady, joined him.
At around 9:30 pm on Tuesday, Mr. Sicknick’s remains were taken to a quiet Capitol on a cold and windy evening. Officers from Mr. Sicknick’s unit, some on mountain bikes, positioned themselves near the outside steps. New York Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stood by the side upon arrival.
Minutes later, Mr. Biden left the White House.
The memorial to Mr. Sicknick, who was 42 years old, will not be open to the public, but police and lawmakers are to be given the opportunity to pay their respects before Mr. Sicknick is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
It is rare for people to be honored in the Capitol, a distinction reserved for individuals, while government officials such as former presidents are in the state. Congress approved the award in 1998 after two Capitol police officers were killed by a rifleman. Rosa Parks, the civil rights activist, and the evangelist Rev. Billy Graham are the only other two people to have received the honor.
“The family of US Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick thanks the Congress leadership for bestowing this historic honor on our fallen American hero,” his partner Sandra Garza and family said in a statement. “Knowing about our personal tragedy and the loss our nation shares brings hope of healing.”
At least 14 other Capitol police officers were injured in the attack. This comes from a memo by the F.B.I. in which it was announced in January that it would investigate the murder of Mr Sicknick. Two Capitol cops died by suicide since the attack.