2 men have officially been arrested and charged for assaulting a Capitol police officer during the January 6th riots who tragically died from his injuries the following day.
Here's the full - and very tragic - story...
Now, where do we even start when it comes to the January 6th riots?
It all started when former president, Donald Trump, held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C, just a few miles away from the White House.
Thousands of his eager supporters were there listening to and latching on to every word that came out of Trump's mouth.
Trump repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and how they needed to "take the election back"...
Before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."
He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.
This resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...
Where hell was well and truly unleashed.
A joint session of Congress was underway to certify Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.
“Glass is all over the place.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shows Lesley Stahl the destruction in her office after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some of them in search of Speaker Pelosi. https://t.co/lZbCRGlV5P pic.twitter.com/GbDo2pEEQI— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 11, 2021
Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.
People began smashing down windows and doors, looting valuable items, and even breaking into Nancy Pelosi's office and taking some of her personal possessions.
And to make things even more terrifying...
Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Pelosi.
Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead - but it just goes to show the alarming ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.
While Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement to try and calm his supports, he instead (and eventually) tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...
🇺🇸 Donald #Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful".— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 7, 2021
Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special," ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/u7qgrnJYKh
All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."
Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress and it really didn't help that Trump was refusing to take responsibility for the riots.
His reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Of course, we all know how much Trump loved to tweet, so this was a huge deal.
And to make things even worse for the former president, on the afternoon of January 13th, Donald Trump was officially impeached...
Making him the only president in U.S history to be impeached more than once.
The final vote was 232-197, as per The Guardian, although Trump (somehow) didn't end up getting convicted for inciting violence among his followers.
But perhaps the worst thing that came out of this terrible event was the amount of death that was caused.
5 people in total were killed during the riots, 4 of which were avid Trump supporters.
More tragedy was to follow in the days following the riots.
Capitol Police Officer Howard Liebengood died by suicide within days of responding to the scene.
And a second police officer later took his own life after responding to the riots.
Jeffrey Smith, the second officer to die by suicide after responding to the riot at the Capitol, was a 12-year veteran of the force, per DC MPD spokesperson— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) January 27, 2021
In January, acting D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert J. Contee III revealed in his opening statement to a closed session of the House Appropriations Committee that one of his officers, Jeffrey Smith, died by suicide days after the riot.
But in the day following the riots, Capitol police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, who was attacked by numerous members of the violent mob, died in hospital.
He died from his injuries, according to The Guardian.
Officer Sicknick, who was forty-two, was reportedly struck in the head with a fire extinguisher while "physically engaging" with the rioters.
He collapsed soon after returning to his division before being rushed to a nearby hospital.
It was later discovered, however, that Sicknick's death wasn't a result of blunt force trauma...
But instead, it was a potential result of being exposed to too much pepper spray after being repeatedly sprayed by a rioter.
It's the most tragic of circumstances...
RIP Brian D. Sicknick, 42.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 8, 2021
US Capitol Police officer hero killed by a howling mob of American traitors whipped into a frenzy by their lying, deluded, insurrection-urging President. pic.twitter.com/LkKrVxxSTc
And the fact that Officer Sicknick was brutally assaulted and almost beaten to death makes the situation so much worse.
On January 12th, a memorial service was held in Sicknick's hometown of South River, New Jersey in which his family, Senator Bob Menendez, and local officials were in attendance.
WATCH: Procession in Washington, D.C., for fallen Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who died after being injured in clash with a pro-Trump mob Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/7MVHEkVke0— MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 10, 2021
Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Sicknick would lie in honor at the Capitol rotunda and on February 2nd, the ceremony went ahead in attendance of President Biden and Vice-President Harris.
It was a truly emotional day for Sicknick's family and the rest of America...
This is absolutely heartbreaking 💔. My prayers go out to his family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers. His death Will Not be in Vain. People are going to have to answer for it including Trump and his Terrorists, along with the head of the Capital Hill police depart.— Sandra Clark (@sandygirl195355) January 10, 2021
And the anger was building towards the unidentified rioters who were responsible for the officer's assault.
Suspicions were rising...
And people online were desperately trying to identify the rioters responsible through photos and videos circulating online.
Well, today is finally the day that justice will be served...
Because the New York Times has just reported that 2 men have been arrested and charged with the assault of Brian Sicknick.
And as for the men responsible?
BREAKING: The affidavit of the FBI agent submitted to the court to charge Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Penn and George Pierre Tanios, 39 of West Virginia in connection with death of Capitol Officer Brian Sicknick from Jan 6 attack includes This photo below of the two defendants pic.twitter.com/ypIiV4gXXB— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) March 15, 2021
On Sunday, the FBI arrested George Pierre Tanios, thirty-nine, of West Virginia and Julian Elie Khater, thirty-two, of Pennsylvania on charges of assaulting officers, including Officer Sicknick, with a chemical spray.
Khater was arrested in New Jersey.
The arrests come weeks after investigators pinpointed one of the men in a video of the riot, in which he was seen attacking several officers with the spray.
The Justice Department has said in earlier court filings that rioters were recorded on video talking about attacking officers, including Officer Sicknick.
We hope these men get the sentencing they deserve for what they did to Officer Sicknick...
Stay posted for updates on this developing story.
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