Accomplice of fallen Capitol Officer Sicknick sues Trump, rioters concerned in assault

The associate of Brian Sicknick, a Capitol Police officer who died after responding to the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol, sued former President Trump and two rioters charged with assaulting Sicknick.

Sandra Garza, Sicknick’s longtime associate, argued in Thursday’s court docket submitting that Trump and the 2 rioters, Julian Khater and George Tanios, are “instantly and vicariously liable” for Sicknick’s demise. The submitting of the go well with comes simply someday earlier than the 2 12 months anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot.

“As a direct results of the assault by Defendants Khater and Tanios and others— which Defendant Trump instigated—Officer Sicknick suffered bodily accidents,” the lawsuit mentioned. “The next day, on January 7, 2021, Officer Sicknick tragically died.”

“All that transpired on January sixth—together with the actions taken by Defendants Trump, Khater, and Tanios—performed a major position within the medical situation that led to Officer Sicknick’s demise the next day,” it continued.

Khater pleaded responsible in September to assaulting three law enforcement officials, together with Sicknick, with a chemical spray amid the Capitol riot. Tanios, who reportedly handed the chemical spray to Khater, took a plea deal in July over fees associated to the Jan. 6 assault.

Sicknick suffered two strokes and died of pure causes. The lawsuit seeks $30 million in damages from Trump and the 2 rioters and alleges wrongful demise.

Garza additionally accused Trump and the 2 rioters of participating in a conspiracy to dam the official certification of the 2020 election, assault or aiding and abetting assault, and rioting or inciting a riot.

“Defendant Trump deliberately riled up the group and directed and inspired a mob to assault the U.S. Capitol and assault those that opposed them,” the lawsuit argued.

“The violence that adopted, and the accidents that violence precipitated, together with the accidents sustained by Officer Sicknick and his eventual demise, had been affordable and foreseeable penalties of Defendant Trump’s phrases and conduct.”

Trump has not been criminally charged in relation to the Jan. 6 riot. The Home choose committee investigating the assault on the Capitol unveiled legal referrals in December and advisable that the Division of Justice examine the previous president for inciting an rebellion. The DOJ can be conducting its personal investigation.