U.S. officials opening murder probe in U.S. Capitol police officer's death -CNN
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Federal prosecutors are opening a murder investigation after a U.S.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Federal prosecutors are opening a murder investigation after a U.S. Capitol Police officer died Thursday in the aftermath of pro-Trump supporters' invasion of Congress, CNN reported on Friday, citing a law enforcement official.
Representatives for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington could not immediately be reached to confirm the report. The Washington police department's homicide division is investigating alongside federal law enforcement agencies, U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement late Thursday.
The officer, Brian Sicknick, was the fifth person to die after Trump supporters rioted at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. The Republican president had summoned them to Washington for a rally and urged them to fight as lawmakers were meeting to certify his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. The deaths also included some rioters.
"The perpetrators of Officer Sicknick’s death must be brought to justice," U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in statement offering condolences to his family. She ordered flags at the Capitol to be lowered to half-staff in his honor. White House spokesman Judd Deer and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy also expressed condolences.
U.S. Capitol Police said "Sicknick was responding to the riots ... and was injured while physically engaging with protesters" Sicknick died on Thursday after being taken to a hospital following his collapse after he returned to his divisional office, the police said.
Sicknick, 40, suffered a stroke and was on life support before he died, a CBS News affiliate reported. He was a 12-year veteran of the force.
Trump, who initially praised his supporters, later condemned Wednesday's violence, saying rioters must be held accountable. A woman demonstrator was fatally shot by authorities, and three people died from medical emergencies.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund on Thursday said he would step down on Jan. 16 - four days before Biden's inauguration.
Pelosi sought Sund's resignation after the federal force charged with protecting Congress failed to keep Trump's supporters outside the Capitol, sending lawmakers for cover as rioters smashed windows and looted the building.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru and Susan Heavey and Steve Holland in Washington; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, Angus MacSwan and Jonathan Oatis)
This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.
Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.
By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - The post-Brexit woes facing Scotland's fishing industry deepened on Saturday as its biggest logistics provider, DFDS Scotland, said it would halt exports to the European Union through one of its main services until at least Wednesday. Previously the company had said it would take until Monday to resume its "groupage" export service - which allows exporters to ship multiple products in a single consignment - while it tries to fix IT issues, paperwork errors and a backlog of goods. DFDS's move represents another blow for Scottish fishermen who this week warned that their businesses could become unviable after Britain shifted to a less integrated trade deal with the EU at the turn of the year
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of others.
U.S. Senator urges mobile, social media providers to keep Capitol rioters' data as man seen seizing Speaker's lectern arrested
By Rich McKay (Reuters) - A man photographed carrying off the Speaker's lectern during the Capitol Hill riots was arrested late Friday, while a top Democratic lawmaker on Saturday called on mobile carriers to preserve social media content related to the riots. Dozens of people have been charged following the storming of the Capitol on Wednesday, with the FBI asking the public for help identifying participants, given the proliferation of images of the riots on the internet.