Trump Sues Estate of Capitol Police Officer Who Perished After Jan. 6 Riot
- Brian Sicknick, Capitol Police Officer, was hurt on the day that the Capitol riot broke out on January 6, 2021.
- According to a medical examiner, Sicknick died from natural causes. However, the events that led up to his death were a contributing factor.
- The complaint also names two Capitol Rioters, one of whom pepper-sprayed Sicknick.
In a civil lawsuit filed on Thursday, Donald Trump and two rioters are being sued by the partner and estate of a US Capitol Police Officer who died shortly after the January 6th riot.
The estate and long-time partner of Officer Brian Sicknick are seeking damages. He was injured while on duty at the Capitol Building.
Francisco Diaz, the District’s chief medical inspector, said that he died from “natural causes” a day later after suffering two strokes. In an interview with The Washington PostDiaz stated that the events of the day before “transpired” his condition.
Two men, Julian Khater and George TaniosLater, they were charged and pleaded guilty for assaulting Capitol officers, including Sicknick. Khater and Tanios were named as defendants in a civil lawsuit.
“Defendant Tanios stated in his factual proffer that he accompanied Defendant Khater at the January 6th rally in D.C., and also admitted to purchasing and carrying the bear-spray Defendant Khater used against Officer Sicknick.” The suit states.
Trump is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit, arguing that Trump’s rhetoric was responsible for the violence on January 6.
“If Donald Trump had not been there, the coup attempt on January 6th would have never happened,” Zaid said. This lawsuit is meant to further hold him accountable for the day and events that led to Officer Sicknick’s death,” Mark Zaid, an attorney representing Sicknic’s estate, stated in a statement that Insider.
Each defendant is required to pay at least $10,000,000 in damages. Zaid stated that any money received from the complaint will go to charity.
Zaid explained to Insider that civil lawsuits are by nature for monetary remedies. However, that does not necessarily mean that that is the ultimate goal. “The recovery will be donated to charity once Officer Sicknick’s estate has achieved accountability.”
Tanios and Khater attorneys did not immediately respond when asked for comment. A spokesperson for Trump didn’t respond to a request.
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