Alabama lawmakers react after officer injured in Washington protest dies

Alabama lawmakers react after officer injured in Washington protest dies
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud.(AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Source: John Minchillo)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama lawmakers are reacting after United States Capitol police confirmed the death of an officer following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

USCP said Officer Brain D. Sicknick was injured while “physically engaging” with protesters. He later collapsed, was taken to a hospital, and later died.

Congressman Gary Palmer released the following statement on the officer’s death:

“I have come to love and respect the men and women who serve as Capitol Police and am so grateful for their service,” Palmer said. “As someone who was on the baseball field when there was an active shooter, I saw first-hand the professionalism and courage of the men and women of the United States Capitol Police. I am heartbroken by the loss of Officer Brian Sicknick who was struck down in the line of duty while defending our nation’s Capitol. Ann and I are praying for his family and for the nation.”

Sen. Tommy Tuberville took to Twitter to ask for prayers for the officer’s family and to condemn Wednesday’s violent acts:

Congressman Mo Brooks said the suspect in the officer’s death should receive capital punishment:

Representative Terri A. Sewell also shared her thoughts saying President Donald J. Trump should be held accountable.

Rep. Barry Moore expressed his sorrow and asked followers to take a moment to thank law enforcement.

Sen. Richard Shelby said Sinknick died in the line of duty, courageously protecting others from harm.

“The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, DC,” the agency released in a statement.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is working on charging the individuals involved in Wednesday’s incident. So far, over 60 people have been arrested and face federal charges.

Sicnick was the fifth death related to Wednesday’s events including an Alabama man who police say died from medical issues.

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