The US authorities have charged two participants in the Capitol storming with assaulting a police officer, who later died, the Washington Post newspaper writes.
Julian Elie Khater, 32, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, were reportedly arrested on Sunday. Their identities were established thanks to voluntary informants who contacted the FBI after the publication of video surveillance materials related to the incident.
Earlier, the media reported that a protester sprayed a substance in the direction of Sicknick. According to the prosecution, we are talking about a spray to scare away bears. The video captures the moment when Khater allegedly asks Tanios to hand him such a canister.
Khater and Tanios are charged with nine counts, including assaulting Sicknick and two other law enforcement officers with a lethal weapon. They face up to 20 years in prison. Simultaneously, the cause of death of Sicknick has not yet been officially established and cannot be considered as murder.
Police officer Brian Sicknick died after seizing the Capitol on January 6. His farewell was held in early February in the rotunda of the Capitol – this is one of the greatest honors that the state can give to a US citizen. President Joe Biden attended the ceremony.