Statement on Death of U.S. Capitol Police Officer

Today, Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), issued the following statement regarding the death of a U.S. Capitol Police officer during the January 6th Capitol Hill riot and accountability within U.S. Capitol Police:

Today we mourn the loss of a dedicated member of our federal law enforcement family. U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick is an American hero. On Wednesday, Officer Sicknick nobly responded to an attack on our nation’s capital and succumbed to injuries sustained during the attack early this morning. We deeply mourn his loss and keep his family in prayers,” said President Cosme. "We also know that several additional U.S. Capitol Police officers continue to fight injuries resulting from the attack. We keep them and their families in our thoughts and prayers as they deal with this tragic aftermath of violence. Please know you are never alone and we stand with you in the duty you have maintained to protect and serve our fellow Americans.”

"Officer Sicknick and his brothers and sisters in the U.S. Capitol Police were the thin blue line protecting not just our elected officials from violent insurrectionists, but the very heart of American democracy. Political violence in this country in any form is deplorable. We support a full and vigorous investigation and prosecution of all involved in carrying out this heinous assault. We urge the Justice Department to pursue the maximum penalties for the death of this officer and all of the assaults on law enforcement that occurred on that day for anyone responsible for orchestrating, participating and carrying out Wednesday's invasion of the U.S. Capitol," Cosme furthered.

"It is clear that there were failures at the U.S. Capitol during the violent riots. The ability of anarchist individuals to breach and gain access to the sacred building is something no American witnessing the attack will ever forget. Law enforcement will also not forget that they were attacked, many officers were injured, and one officer gave their life in service of their nation,” Cosme explained. "The security failures we saw demand accountability on all levels. Although the resignation of high level Capitol Police leadership is a start, it isn’t enough. For too long, the US Capitol Police has suffered, as well as other federal law enforcement agencies, from a lack of leadership at their highest levels.”

"Too often, leadership positions are filled by individuals that lack the experience, understanding, or background with the agency necessary to lead. We’ve also seen law enforcement leaders hamstrung by political leadership that seeks to diminish and disregard experienced law enforcement advice on how situations should be handled. This must end,”Cosme furthered.

"Law enforcement at all levels must be led by those who have the background, experience, and leadership necessary to guide the agency,” Cosme concluded, "The U.S. Congress now has the chance to use the US Capitol Police as an example and place proven leaders in the law enforcement leadership positions. They must also allow them to manage the agency as a law enforcement agency - not another Congressional Committee.”

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 29,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.