Thursday, January 21

A US Capitol policeman dies injured during the assault


Updated

The head of the Capitol Police has resigned after the criticism for the management of the assault

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Capitol Police officers surround the Capitol building this Friday.BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIAFP

An agent of the Capitol Police who was injured during the assault on the Congress of USA He died this Thursday after more than 24 hours of convalescence, which brings the number of deaths related to the incident to 5, official sources reported. The Capitol Police confirmed late Thursday the death of the agent, identified as Brian D. Sicknick, after several hours of confusion and rumors about the possible death of a policeman.

“At approximately 9:30 am tonight (02:30 GMT Friday), Capitol Police Agent Brian D. Sicknick died from injuries he sustained while working” in the assault on Congress, said a spokesman for that police force in a statement. Sicknick was injured “while physically confronting the protesters” who invaded Congress, and suffered a “collapse” when he returned to his office, for which he was transferred to hospital, the note explains.

The agent had been working for the Capitol Police since 2008, according to the police agency, which said it is investigating what happened. The official confirmation came two hours after the Capitol Police denied an information from CNN that one of its agents had died as a result of the injuries sustained during the event this Wednesday.

Capitol Police Chief Resigns

Before knowing the death of the wounded agent, chief of the Capitol Police, Steven Sund, has resigned after the criticism received by the action of the body on Thursday during the assault, reports Afp with information from a source close to this federal agency.

“Resign, leave his post on January 16”, has assured this anonymous source. The Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, had asked a few hours before for Sund’s resignation.

With the death of Sicknick, there are already five people who lost their lives during these incidents, which occurred after an interruption in the meeting of congressmen to ratify the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the November presidential elections. The other four deaths identified by the authorities are protesters: Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old woman living in San Diego (California, USA); Benjamin Phillips, 50 years old and from Ri (Pennsylvania); Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Alabama; and Rosanne Boyland, 34 years old, from Kennesaw (Georgia).

The head of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department, Robert Contee III, did not give details about the specific circumstances of the deaths, although he said that three of them were for “medical emergency” and another for shooting. That last was the case of Ashli Babbitt, the San Diego woman who died after being shot by an agent of the US Capitol Police, according to a statement from that body, which is exclusively responsible for the security of the building itself and the surrounding areas, owned by the Government. . “Medical assistance was provided immediately and the woman was taken to the hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries,” added Capitol Police.

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