White House Finally Lowers Flag to Half-Staff to Honor U.S. Capitol Police Officers Three Days After Deadly Riots

US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick

President Donald Trump ordered that the flag flying above the White House be lowered to half-staff on Sunday to honor US Capitol Police officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, who were both on duty when a mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday.

The step comes days after Capitol Police announced on Thursday that Sicknick had died “due to injuries sustained while on-duty.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had ordered flags at the US Capitol to be flown at half-staff the following day.

Liebengood, meanwhile, died while off duty, the Capitol Police said Sunday. The announcement did not state the officer’s cause of death.

“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, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on 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,” the proclamation from the President reads in part.

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SOURCE: CNN, Jeremy Diamond and Paul LeBlanc

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