Brian Sicknick: The US Capitol Riot Police 'died of natural causes'

   A US police officer who died after the Capitol riots in January, suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, the Washington DC chief medical examiner issued the verdict.
   The two men are believed to have used pepper spray on Police Brian Sicknick.
   However, the ruling means they are now unlikely to be charged with murder.
   An autopsy found no evidence of an allergic reaction to the chemical, nor any internal or external damage, said Dr. Francisco Diaz.


   Officer Sicknick, 42, was defending the Capitol from then-President Donald Trump's supporters, who broke into the siege on January 6 and died the next day in the hospital.
   In her ruling, Dr. Diaz discovered that Officer Sicknick had died of a medical condition not from injury.Due to privacy laws, Dr. Diaz is unable to say whether the officer has any pre-existing medical conditions. However, he acknowledged the policeman's role in events, telling the Washington Post: "Everything that happens has a role in his condition."
   Speculation of officer Sicknick's death was the source of the widespread misinformation after the New York Times misinformed protesters who knocked him down with fire extinguishers - a statement the newspaper later has withdrawn.
   Four others died during the Capitol riot - all of them pro-Trump protesters: Ashli   Babbitt was unarmed as a Capitol cop was firing in the void; two others died of heart failure and one from an overdose of amphetamine.Julian Elie Khater, 32, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, were arrested in March for assaulting Officer Sicknick with a chemical spray. According to court documents, the couple grew up together in New Jersey, "working at a concert and planning to use the poison against law enforcement."
   Documents alleging that Mr. Khater was caught on video asked Mr. Tanios for an aerosol - known as a bear spray - near the Capitol's West Rooftop, where Sicknick Police and other policemen were watching. guard. .A few minutes later, Khater was shown a video discharging an aerosol into the faces of three officers, who were temporarily blind and unable to work for more than 20 minutes, investigators said.The men have been charged with 9 counts and face up to 20 years in prison. Their lawyers did not comment on the main medical examiner's ruling, the AP reported.
   More than 540 suspects have been identified and investigators have charged around 400 people in connection with the Capitol siege, leading to Mr Trump's second impeachment.
   Exactly 100 days after the riots, prosecutors pleaded guilty to the first charge, because Jon Schaffer, 53, a member of the militant group Oath Keepers and a heavy metal guitarist, admitted two charges. . - Obstructing players. Formal customs and entering a limited building pose a danger. weapon.