Deceased Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was a supporter of President Donald Trump, his alleged Twitter account insinuates. Sicknick’s father has also confirmed that the officer was a Trump supporter.
During the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, pro-Trump rioters bludgeoned Sicknick, 42, with a fire extinguisher. Authorities took him to the hospital, where he was placed on life support before dying on Thursday evening.
According to the Capitol Police, the New Jersey native managed to get back to his office. “He returned to the division office and collapsed,” the department said, per Heavy. “He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
It was also reported he possibly suffered a stroke as a result of the attack and subsequent injuries. He remained on life support so that his family could see him.
People online are now claiming that the Twitter account @BSicknick belonged to Sicknick. It says the user joined the platform in July of 2019, and its Twitter name is “Brian Sicknick.”
The avatar is a bald eagle and American flag, and the cover photo is a picture of Trump’s private plane.
The account is temporarily restricted for “unusual activity.”
Over on his purported Facebook, the cover photo contains an American flag. The profile appears to have changed to a remembrance page.
His father, Charles Sicknick, 81, told Reuters that his son was a Trump supporter. Charles said that his political views never got in the way of his ability to do his job. “He just got along real well with everybody because he was a gentleman,” Charles said. “He loved his job. I’ll never get over this.”
Per Daily Beast reporting, Sicknick, a Springfield, Virginia resident, was a former Air National Guardsman and served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Enduring Freedom. He is one of the five people who’ve died due to injuries sustained during the insurrection on Wednesday.
“Brian is a hero,” his brother Ken Sicknick told the New York Times. “That is what we would like people to remember.”
Multiple reports note that Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have talked to Sicknick’s family. Trump has reportedly yet to offer condolences.
Trump has also not ordered the flags on federal buildings to fly at half-staff” in honor of Sicknick, according to the Times.
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