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US cop dies due to riot injuries

US cop dies due to riot injuries
United States Capitol Police have confirmed that one of their officers has died as a result of injuries sustained during riots at the Capitol.
USCP Officer Brian D. Sicknick was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and then collapsed.
He was taken to a local hospital and put on life support but has since passed away.
Capitol Police in riot gear. (AP)
In a statement, the US Capitol Police said Officer Sicknick's death will be treated as a homicide investigation.
"Officer Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department's First Responder's Unit," the unit said in a statement.
"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."
It was reported earlier that the officer has died this morning, which Capitol Police denied.
DC Metropolitan Police had confirmed that 14 officers were hurt in the riots, including one who was seriously injured when he was pulled into a crowd and assaulted.
The death comes as the head of the Capitol Police tendered his resignation.
Trump-supporting rioters storming the US Capitol. (AP)
Chief Steven Sund's resignation will come into effect on January 16.
It was earlier revealed the unit knocked back offers of help from the Pentagon three days earlier to secure the Capitol building.
Associated Press also reports the Justice Department offered to send FBI agents to help secure the building as the mob approached yesterday.
That offer was also declined.
"There was a failure of leadership at the top," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
Earlier today Mr Sund had put out a statement defending his actions.
"The violent attack on the US Capitol was unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, DC," he said.
"Maintaining public safety in an open environment – specifically for First Amendment activities – has long been a challenge."
Trump fans rioting on Capitol Hill. (AP)
The resignation of Mr Sund follows the resignation of the House sergeant-at-arms.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would fire the Senate sergeant-at-arms when the Democrats retake the majority in a few days, unless he has resigned by then.
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The Capitol Police is tasked with protecting the congressional buildings, and operates independently of the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police.
Donald Trump calling on his supporters to march on the Capitol yesterday. (AP)
"The Capitol Police I was around did an amazing job under difficult circumstances," Illinois Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley told CNN.
"My concern wasn't with how valiant the Capitol Police were.
"I'm no expert in security, but you can tell we were out-manned in an hour before the debate."
The four other deaths yesterday were all protesters. One woman was shot in the neck trying to breach a barricaded door.
The three others suffered "medical emergencies", including one with a confirmed heart attack.
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