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VIDEO: Footage Shows Officer Sicknick Being Attacked With Chemical Spray During Capitol Riot

Washington, DC – Newly-released video footage captured the moment when rioters attacked U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Officer Brian Sicknick with a chemical spray shortly before a mob busted through the barricades and stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

The footage, which was originally recorded by Here And There Media, was released after being obtained by The New York Times.

Officer Sicknick, 42, died at a hospital the day after the attack, but his exact cause of death has not been released.

Federal investigators said 32-year-old Pennsylvania resident Julian Elie Khater and 39-year-old West Virginia resident George Pierre Tanios assaulted Officer Sicknick and two other officers with an unknown chemical spray during the violent uprising, The Washington Post reported.

They were arrested on March 14 for assaulting the officers during the Jan. 6 riot.

It is unknown whether or not the exposure to chemical spray contributed to Officer Sicknick’s death.

Questions have been swirling regarding the assault on the veteran officer, with federal officials providing limited answers.

The video clips released by The New York Times revealed new details about the attack and the events preceding it, including where he was located at the time and how he was assaulted.

According to court documents, Officer Sicknick was one of many law enforcement officers standing behind a set of metal bicycle racks outside the Lower West Terrace of the U.S. Capitol building on the day of the riot, The Washington Post reported.

Tanios and Khater arrived at the west side of the Capitol Building near the police line at approximately 2:09 p.m., the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said in an affidavit, according to The New York Times.

The video showed Khater watching the mayhem shortly after he arrived, according to the paper.

Video footage showed Khater telling Tanios to “give me that bear s—t” at 2:14 p.m., just before he began digging in Tanios’ backpack.

“Hold on, hold on,” Tanios responded. “Not yet – it’s still early.”

“They just [expletive] sprayed me!” Khater responded, holding a white canister in his right hand.

During a court hearing on Monday, federal prosecutors alleged the duo had been carrying two cans of Frontiersman bear spray, and that Tanios also had two smaller canisters of pepper spray, The New York Times reported.

Khater was back at the police line by 2:20 p.m., the footage showed.

Officer Sicknick could be seen standing behind the barricades just feet away.

When rioters began trying to tear the bike rack barricades away from police two minutes later, a police lieutenant sprayed the crowd, The New York Times reported.

One rioter rushed forward to attack a DC Metropolitan Police (MPD) officer as Khater raised his hand up over the top of the mob and discharged a stream of liquid spray in the direction of Officer Sicknick, who immediately turned away, the video showed.

Federal prosecutors played bodycam footage of the incident during the court hearing on Monday, The New York Times reported.

The video, which the MPD has refused to release, showed Khater spraying Officer Sicknick and two other officers, all of whom immediately stumbled backwards and covered their eyes, according to the paper.

The officers yelled out in pain at times after the attack.

Still images showed Officer Sicknick as he retreated from the line and attempted to flush his eyes with water, The New York Times reported.

All three officers were incapacitated and temporarily blinded for over 20 minutes as a result of being sprayed with the substance, according to charging documents.

One officer had scarring beneath her eyes for several weeks after the attack, The Washington Post reported.

The police line collapsed just five minutes after the officers were sprayed, The New York Times reported.

At least four officers were dragged into the crowd and beaten during the ensuing attack, according to the paper.

Officer Sicknick texted his brother later that night to let his family know he had been “pepper-sprayed twice,” but that he was otherwise in “good shape,” ProPublica reported.

He later collapsed at his division office.

The USCP said in a press release shortly after Officer Sicknick’s death that he passed away after being “injured while physically engaging with protesters” at the Capitol Building on Jan. 6.

The department did not elaborate on the injuries he suffered, but two law enforcement officials allegedly claimed he was hit with a fire extinguisher as rioters stormed through the halls of Congress and lawmakers hid beneath their desks, The New York Times reported at the time.

Officer Sicknick was rushed to a local hospital, where his family learned he had a blood clot on his brain and had been placed on a ventilator, his brother, Craig Sicknick, told the Daily Beast.

The veteran officer remained hospitalized until his death at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 7, according to the USCP.

“Officer Brian D Sicknick passed away due to injuries sustained while on duty,” the USCP said at the time, according to the Daily Mail.

On Jan. 8, The New York Times reported that two law enforcement officials said that “pro-Trump supporters…overpowered Mr. Sicknick, 42, and struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher…With a bloody gash in his head, Mr. Sicknick was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support.”

The paper issued an “update” to the story eight days later, stating “new information” had emerged regarding Officer Sicknick’s death “that questions the initial cause…provided by officials close to the Capitol Police.”

DC Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services Chief of Communications Douglas Buchanan confirmed that Officer Sicknick was never “rushed to the hospital” from the U.S. Capitol, and said that he had returned to his division office after responding to the riot, the Daily Mail reported.

In February, federal investigators said they were struggling to build a murder case in connection with Officer Sicknick’s death.

The officer’s family said they heard from him after the riot. He said he was pepper-sprayed twice, but that he was otherwise fine, according to the paper.

As evidence against the allegations Officer Sicknick had been attacked with a fire extinguisher mounted, Democratic Impeachment Managers still pushed the narrative by citing the supposed incident as fact in pre-trial articles filed on Feb. 2, according to the Daily Mail.

Nearly three months after his death, the results of Officer Sicknick’s autopsy still have not been released, Yahoo News reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the videos below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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