Congressman Matt Gaetz called for answers on Monday into the lack of video evidence regarding the death of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick during the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6.
The Florida Republican appeared on Fox News‘ Hannity Monday evening alongside Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz, a former Utah congressman. Host Sean Hannity first asked Chaffetz about an opinion article he penned for Fox News earlier Monday, which posed 13 security-related questions for Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. One of Chaffetz’s questions was whether there are “enough” security cameras stationed in public spaces around the Capitol Building.
Gaetz told Hannity he had another question to add to Chaffetz’s list
“I want to know precisely what happened to cause the death of Officer Brian Sicknick,” Gaetz said. “I mean, the Capitol complex has more surveillance than a casino, and you’re telling me we don’t have any video evidence of what exactly happened to cause that murder? I want to know.”
Sicknick and four civilians died in the violence that erupted at the Capitol on January 6. Following a protest near the White House at which former President Donald Trump spoke, protesters marched to the Capitol and gathered outside. Many protesters pushed their way past Capitol police and inside the building, forcing members from both chambers of Congress into lockdown. At the time, members of Congress were gathered at the Capitol to certify the results of the 2020 election. They later did so once authorities cleared the chambers of the rioters.
Sicknick is one of five people who died in the day’s violence. Capitol Police announced his death in a news release on January 7. According to the release, Sicknick was hurt “while physically engaging with protesters.” He made his way back to his division office before he was transported to a hospital, where he died the next day of his injuries, the release said.
Evidence of what took place during the riot spread quickly online, aided in part by photos and videos shared on social media by those in attendance. Federal investigators put out a call to Americans to help them identify the participants based on the visual evidence that exists of their participation.
In Sicknick’s case, it is not yet publicly known how exactly the officer died or who may have been responsible for his death. While The New York Times initially reported that Sicknick may have died as a result of blunt-force trauma to the head, the paper later published an update reporting that the details surrounding Sicknick’s death were still in question.
Newsweek reached out to Pelosi’s office for comment and will update this article with any response.