Partner of fallen Capitol Officer Sicknick sues Trump, rioters implicated in attack

Partner of fallen Capitol Officer Sicknick sues Trump, rioters implicated in attack

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(The hill) – The partner of Brian Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who died after responding to the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, is suing former President Trump and two rioters accused of the attack on Sicknick .

Sandra Garza, Sicknick’s longtime partner, argued in Thursday’s court filing that Trump and two rioters, Julian Khater and George Tanios, were “directly and representatively” liable for Sicknick’s death. The lawsuit was filed just a day before the two-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riots.

“As a direct result of the assault by defendants Khater and Tanios and others — instigated by defendant Trump — Officer Sicknick suffered physical injuries,” the lawsuit reads. “The following day, January 7, 2021, Officer Sicknick tragically died.”

“Everything that transpired on January 6 — including the actions of defendants Trump, Khater and Tanios — played a significant role in the medical condition that led to Officer Sicknick’s death the following day,” she continued.

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Khater pleaded guilty in September to attacking three police officers, including Sicknick, with a chemical spray during the Capitol riots. Tanios, who reportedly passed the chemical spray to Khater, struck a plea deal in July over the charges related to the Jan. 6 attack.

Sicknick suffered two strokes and died a natural death. The lawsuit seeks $30 million in damages from Trump and the two rioters and alleges wrongful death.

Garza also accused Trump and the two rioters of engaging in a conspiracy to block official confirmation of the 2020 election, attacking or abetting attacks, and inciting riots or riots.

“The Defendant Trump intentionally angered the crowd and directed and encouraged a mob to attack the US Capitol and target those who oppose them,” the lawsuit argued.

“The ensuing violence and the injuries the violence caused, including Officer Sicknick’s injuries and eventual death, were reasonable and foreseeable consequences of the words and conduct of the defendant Trump,” the lawsuit states.

House Democrats, a GOP lawmaker, mark the Jan. 6 attack

Trump has not been criminally charged in connection with the Jan. 6 riots. The House Special Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol in December uncovered criminal leads and recommended that the Justice Department investigate the former president for inciting a riot. The DOJ also conducts its own investigations.

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