A US Capitol Police Officer holds a program as folks pay their respects on the stays of US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick as he lays in honor within the Rotunda of the US Capitol constructing on February 3, 2021, in Washington, DC.
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The longtime girlfriend of fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick mentioned she desires U.S. House leaders to launch a fee to research the Jan. 6 rebel.
Sandra Garza personally met with and lobbied U.S. senators final month to approve an unbiased fee earlier than the plan didn’t obtain sufficient to votes.
Garza mentioned a House-led committee is perhaps the one remaining path to getting solutions into why the navy was sluggish to reply to pleas for assist and why so many Americans have been mobilized to the purpose of rebel.
“If some of these Republicans aren’t going to play ball, then if Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi can make something else happen, then that’s what’s got to be done,” Garza mentioned.
Garza joined Sicknick’s mom and Washington, D.C., police Officer Michael Fanone to fulfill with senators forward of the failed vote to approve an unbiased fee. Though Garza mentioned most senators have been courteous, others refused to fulfill or rushed her out of the workplace.
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In a prolonged interview with the News4 I-Team, Garza mentioned she was en path to Sicknick’s home on Jan. 6 to verify on their canines when she acquired a name from a U.S. Capitol Police staffer. She mentioned the caller alerted her that Sicknick had suffered an emergency. A Virginia State Police trooper was dispatched to hurry Garza to the D.C. hospital the place Sicknick was being handled.
Garza mentioned workers declined to let her or different kinfolk see Sicknick resulting from COVID-19 restrictions and the severity of his situation. He died quickly after he was admitted, she mentioned.
“It was very hard to not be able to see him and say goodbye, and it’s just horrible,” she mentioned. “It’s, it’s something that nobody should ever have to go through.”
Garza and SIcknick each served within the navy and dated for almost 11 years. She mentioned Sicknick was additionally a World War II buff who sought a option to proceed serving his nation when he joined U.S. Capitol Police a decade in the past.
She mentioned she has prevented taking a look at photos or movies from the rebel for concern of seeing Sicknick or half of the assault towards him.
“It’s a horrible thing to have to live with to know that someone that you loved and cared about very much, to know that they suffered such brutality,” she mentioned.
The Washington, D.C., health worker dominated Sicknick died from pure causes within the days after the rebel, from two strokes.
At least two of the almost 500 U.S. Capitol rebel defendants are accused of assaulting Sicknick with chemical spray. Both have pleaded not responsible and are asking a courtroom to launch them from jail pending trial. One of the 2 defendants, Julian Khater of State College, Pennsylvania, is difficult his pre-trial detention to Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Further proceedings in his enchantment are scheduled for June 25.
Garza declined to discuss the prison circumstances.
“I wish that he could have had a much more peaceful last moments on this Earth,” she mentioned. “And it hurts me a lot that that he didn’t get that, but he had to deal with not only what he had to deal with, but also seeing his colleagues deal with such brutality and knowing that, my gosh, you know, his own fellow Americans were doing this. That’s the worst part about it all.”