WASHINGTON – Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01) today issued the following statement on the death of United States Capitol Police (USCP) Officer and Virginia resident Brian D. Sicknick:
“I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Officer Sicknick. My heart goes out to Brian's family, friends, and fellow officers at this terrible and tragic loss. Brian died as a result of injuries sustained while defending our government, our Capitol, and our Constitution.
“Officer Sicknick was killed during an attack against the very symbol of our Republic and democratic system of government. His service to our nation, to the Members of Congress, staff, reporters, and fellow officers he protected that day, is immeasurable.
“The people who perpetrated these acts that resulted in the death of Officer Sicknick must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law. What happened on Wednesday in our nation’s Capital is a blemish on this nation and I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the acts of violence and destruction that occurred at the Capitol building. We may disagree on policy and who we support for President, but this country is built on law and order. We must continue to stand for the great American tradition of peaceful disagreement and debate rather than anarchy and violence.
“My prayers go out to Brian’s family, friends, loved ones, and his fellow USCP officers who put their lives on the line every day in defense of our Republic and seat of government, and in service to our nation.”
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he serves as the ranking member of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.