D.C. Medical Examiner Determines U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick Died Of Natural Causes

New details about U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death have been released. Washington D.C.’s Chief Medical Examiner, Francisco Diaz, determined that Sicknick suffered strokes and died of natural causes one day after responding to the Capitol riots on January 6th. He did not note any evidence that Sicknick had an allergic reaction to chemical spray or list any internal or external injuries.  In an interview, Diaz said ‘all that transpired’ on January 6th ‘played a role in his condition.’ In March two men, 32 year old Julian Khater of Pennsylvania and 39 year old George Tanios of West Virginia were charged and arrested with assaulting Sicknick. The pair have been charged with 10 criminal counts including conspiring to injure police and assaulting officers using a dangerous weapon. Both defendants have pleaded not guilty. Yesterday Capitol Police released a statement saying that the department “accepts the findings from the office of the medical examiner, but this does not change the fact Officer Brian Sicknick died in the line of duty, courageously defending congress and the Capitol. The department continues to mourn the loss of our beloved colleague. The attack on our officers, including Brian, was an attack on our democracy.”