Capitol Hill police hold back protesters as crowds gather outside the US Capitol for the Stop the Steal rally.
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The District of Columbia’s chief medical examiner has ruled that Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick had two strokes and died of natural causes, after he tussled with a mob of former President Donald Trump’s supporters at the US Capitol.
The medical examiner’s office said on Monday that the 42-year-old officer’s cause of death was natural causes after he suffered a stroke. He died the day after the 6 January violence.
The findings mean it will be hard for federal prosecutors to bring homicide charges in connection with Sicknick’s death.
Two men – George Tanios and Julian Khater – are facing charges they assaulted three police officers, including Sicknick, by spraying them with a chemical irritant on 6 January.
The Washington Post first reported the medical examiner’s ruling.
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