Two Charged with Assaulting Capitol Police Officer Who Died After Jan. 6 Insurrection

HeadlineMar 16, 2021

Federal agents have arrested two men who were filmed attacking Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick during the January 6 assault on Congress. George Tanios of West Virginia and Julian Khater of Pennsylvania appeared in federal court Monday, charged with assaulting Sicknick and other officers with chemical spray. Sicknick died on January 7 of injuries he sustained during the attack one day earlier. 

Separately, federal prosecutors say a New Jersey Army reservist who joined the January 6 Capitol assault maintained a military security clearance — even though he was an overt white supremacist who wore a Hitler-style mustache and haircut. Co-workers say Timothy Hale-Cusanelli made frequent anti-Black, anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi comments while working as a security contractor at a U.S. naval weapons base in New Jersey. 

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