Newly released body camera footage shows the assault of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died shortly after the January 6th attack on the Capitol. The videos were taken by six surveillance cameras, three Washington, D.C., police body cameras, and one bystander cellphone video, the Justice Department said.
Sicknick died on January 7th after mysteriously collapsing. An autopsy later concluded that Sicknick died of a stroke and labeled the death as natural causes, although this account of events has been viewed skeptically given that the entire riot could have been an aggravating factor in his overall health.
Several videos show Sicknick and other officers being hit by a chemical spray and immediately falling back while a crowd of rioters grapple with police and attempt to push past a barricade. Another video shows Sicknick washing his eyes out and recoiling in pain. The footage has been entered into evidence in the criminal cases against Julian Khater, 32, of State College, Pennsylvania, and George Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, West Virginia. They are accused of spraying Sicknick and others with chemical spray, but not of causing his death.
Newly released Jan 6th video from the Justice Dept provide additional information on the brutal attack of Officer Brian Sicknick. DC Judge says this brutal violence supports holding the two men responsible in pre-trial lockup. MSNBC.
— Michael Grossman (@MichaelArt123) April 29, 2021
CNN reporter Jessica Schneider noted after viewing the footage, “You can see a female officer recoiling after the chemical irritant hits her face and then, of course, there is Officer Brian Sicknick. You can see him pacing along the Capitol terrace and cradles his head in his hands and kneels.”
The Washington, DC, Medical Examiner released a report last week concluding that Sicknick had died of natural causes the day after the riot after suffering two strokes at the base of his brain stem.
It’s interesting to see my colleagues on the other side of the aisle support the police when it’s politically convenient to do so, but not when police officers who protect us every day here at the Capitol were fighting for their lives because of the Big Lie. @HouseJudiciary pic.twitter.com/x9i9LO5AAi
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) April 20, 2021
The videos released Wednesday have been described by prosecutors and played in court, but have not been previously released outside the courtroom. The Justice Department made the video available after a coalition of 14 media organizations, including NBC News, filed a motion arguing that the public had a “powerful interest” in seeing the evidence. The Capitol Police had opposed the release, saying it could further traumatize its officers.
Watch the CNN segment discussing the new body camera footage, below.