Two people were arrested and are being charged in connection with the alleged assault of a US Captiol Police officer -who later reportedly died of an apparent stroke- during the January 6 Capitol Protests.
The two men, Julian E Khater and George P. Tanios, have been charged for allegedly dousing US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray.
The duo were arrested on Sunday and are expected to make a court appearance on March 15.
While the two men have been charged, there is no clear indication that they are being held responsible for the officer’s death.
According to Forbes, more than 300 people have been charged relating to the January 6 incident.
In a previous report, ProPublica recorded a statement given by Sicknick’s brother indicated that Officer Sicknick had told his family he had been sprayed, but that he was alright.
“He texted me last night and said, ‘I got pepper-sprayed twice,’ and he was in good shape,” said Ken Sicknick, his brother. “Apparently he collapsed in the Capitol and they resuscitated him using CPR.”
The next day, the family was informed that Officer Sicknick had a blood clot and had had a stroke.
“We weren’t expecting it,” his brother said.
Since then, the family has claimed that the officer likely died from a stroke, though various “fact-checkers” -such as one affiliate with Newsweek- pre-emptively attempted to cut them off at the pass, and the federal government has been less than forthcoming with autopsy results.
We’re not at a point where we can disclose or confirm the cause of death,” FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month.
Currently, Khater and Tanios are the first two to be charged in connection with Sicknick.
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