WILMINGTON, Del. — Today, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), co-chairs of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus, issued a joint statement following the passing of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick:

“We extend our deep and heartfelt condolences to the family, colleagues, and friends of Officer Brian Sicknick of the United States Capitol Police who succumbed to injuries he suffered while protecting the Capitol of the United States and all of us who work there on Wednesday. Our prayers are with Officer Sicknick’s family and all the officers who bravely put their own lives and safety at risk to protect and defend the rule of law. They deserve our strong support.

“This is a tragic moment in our nation's history. That our Capitol was overwhelmed by rioters and that Officer Sicknick ultimately died because of injuries he suffered in the line of duty, is unacceptable. We must seek accountability for those who participated in and incited this attack, investigate how this happened, and take steps to ensure it never happens again. This must be a priority.”