The Justice Division has charged two males within the assault on Brian D. Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who died the day after he fought rioters storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, in line with a legislation enforcement official briefed on the case and court docket paperwork.
The F.B.I. on Sunday arrested George Pierre Tanios, 39, in West Virginia and Julian Elie Khater, 32, in New Jersey on costs of assaulting officers, together with Officer Sicknick, with bear spray.
The arrests got here weeks after investigators pinpointed one of many males in a video of the riot, during which he was seen attacking a number of officers with the spray, in line with two legislation enforcement officers. The Justice Division has stated in earlier court docket filings that rioters have been recorded on video speaking about attacking officers, together with Officer Sicknick.
It’s not clear whether or not Officer Sicknick died due to his publicity to the spray. On Jan. 7, the day that he died, the Capitol Police stated in an announcement he “was injured whereas bodily participating with protesters” on the riot a day earlier after which “returned to his division workplace and collapsed.” He later died at a hospital.
Within the hours after Officer Sicknick was rushed to the hospital, Capitol Police officers initially stated that he had been struck with a fireplace extinguisher, however later stated that his demise was not brought on by blunt power trauma. Within the following days, investigators homed in on the potential position of an irritant as a major think about his demise.