President Orders Flags Lowered Following US Capitol Police Officer Deaths
President Donald Trump has issued a proclamation ordering flags lowered to honor the death last week of two United States Capitol Police officers. Both were on duty during the breach of Capitol grounds on Wednesday, January 6.
Trump on Sunday issued the proclamation, “as a sign of respect for the service and sacrifice of United States Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement across this great Nation.
American flags are to be flown at half-staff at the White House, all public buildings and grounds, military posts and naval stations, and all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, January 13, 2021. Trump further directed that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
Accordingly, since no flag should fly higher than the US flag, all other flags — including state, municipal, corporate, or otherwise — should also be lowered during this same duration of time.
According to a statement issued by the United States Capitol Police, Ofc Sicknick, 42, died January 7, due to injuries sustained while on duty the previous afternoon.
“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the US Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners.
“Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Responder’s Unit.
“The entire USCP Department expresses its deepest sympathies to Officer Sicknick’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague.
“We ask that Officer Sicknick’s family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this time,” the statement concluded.
On Sunday, USCP issued a statement concerning Officer Liebengood, saying “The United States Capitol Police is deeply saddened by the off-duty death on January 9, 2021, of Officer Howard Liebengood, age 51. He was assigned to the Senate Division, and has been with the Department since April 2005. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and colleagues.
“We ask that his family, and other USCP officers’ and their families’ privacy be respected during this profoundly difficult time.”