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Hundreds of Capitol Police officers have held a procession through the streets of Washington to remember Agent Brian D. Sicknick, who died Thursday.

Police officers, many with heads bowed, formed a line down Third Avenue in Washington DC and stood for a moment of silence as the officer’s body was carried down the street in a hearse escorted by motorcyclists.

Capitol police officers held an emotional commemoration for Brian Sicknick, killed during last week’s riots. (Nine)

Capitol Police said in a statement that Mr. Sicknick was injured “while physically interacting with the protesters.”

During the fight, Sicknick, 42, was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, two law enforcement officers said. Officials were unable to publicly discuss the ongoing investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

“He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” the Capitol Police statement said.

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was killed during the Washington riots. (AP)

Prosecutors in the federal prosecutor’s office plan to open a federal murder investigation into Sicknick’s death, a law enforcement official told CNN.

Mr. Sicknick joined the USCP in July 2008, and most recently served in the Department’s First Aid Unit.

Sicknick was originally from South River, New Jersey, and was the youngest of three children, according to a statement released by his brother, Ken Sicknick, on behalf of their family.

His family was “very proud” of his service to their country, said Ken Sicknick.

“Brian is a hero, and that’s what we would like people to remember,” he said. Sicknick “wanted to be a police officer his whole life” and joined the New Jersey National Guard in their pursuit of that goal, his brother said.

US President Donald Trump, whose supporters participated in the Capitol riots, has yet to comment on the death of the police officer.

In the wake of the violence in the capital, a growing number of politicians they are calling for the president to be removed from office either through impeachment or the 25th Amendment.
Donald Trump has admitted that he will not be president on January 20.
US President Donald Trump has yet to comment on the policeman’s death. (Twitter)

So far, the calls have come largely from Democrats, but at least one Congressional Republican, Republican Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, has joined.

The White House announced that Trump will visit Texas next week to inspect work on its controversial border wall with Mexico.


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