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Trump has been accused in a lawsuit of causing the death of a Capitol police officer

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The legacy of Brian Sicknick, the Capitol Police officer who died after responding to the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, is suing two of the rioters involved in the attack and former President Donald Trump for his alleged role in inciting it.

The civil lawsuit, filed Thursday in Washington, D.C. federal, adds to the 2024 presidential candidate’s woes related to his efforts to block a peaceful transition of power after losing the 2020 election. Trump has already been charged in several other civil lawsuits linked to Jan. 6 where he says his presidency protects him from the responsibility.

The lawsuit was filed from Sicknick’s estate on the eve of the second anniversary of the attack on the Capitol.

“Because Officer Sicknick and hundreds of others—including other police officers, elected officials, and Capitol employees—were exposed to mortal peril, and because the seat of American democracy was desecrated by mobs of insurgents, Accused Trump, the property of Sicknick and his associates, owner Sandra Garza’s real estate attorneys wrote in the complaint,” Witnesses wrote. Events unfold live from the White House security. “The horrific events of January 6, 2021, including the tragic death of Officer Sicknick, were a direct and foreseeable consequence of the defendants’ illegal actions.”

Sicknick’s estate also alleges conspiracy, negligence, and assault.

The lawsuit alleges that Trump ordered his supporters in Washington on Jan. 6 to “fight like hell” and “show strength” in his speech before the Capitol riot.

Two Capitol rioters, Julian Khater and George Tanios, are named in the suit, and pleaded guilty last summer to crimes related to the breach. They will be judged later this month.

During the riot, Khater sprayed bears from Tanios’ backpack, sprayed Siknik and other officers in the faces, and forced them back as the rioters charged towards the steps of the Capitol.

Sicknick suffered multiple strokes and died of natural causes the day after the Capitol breach, according to a 2021 report from the D.C. chief medical examiner. Examiner Francisco Diaz told The Washington Post that “everything that happened” on January 6 “played a role in his condition.”

Sicknick’s manslaughter allegations against Trump represent the most serious accusation yet that the former president was responsible for the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Sicknick’s attorneys are asking the court for damages of more than $10 million.

Trump is already facing civil lawsuits from Democratic lawmakers and other law enforcement officials who responded to the attack on Capitol Hill. A federal appeals court in the US capital is considering upholding a trial judge’s ruling that Trump could be liable for damages for his actions on the eve of the riots. If this lawsuit succeeds, Sicknick’s complaint will likely have legal implications.

Some of the same attorneys who brought Sicknick’s case also brought the current riot conspiracy case. Another attorney involved in the Sicknick case was like other Capitol Police officials in the aftermath of the attack.

Criminal investigations into Jan. 6 are ongoing, including an investigation into Trump-backed bids to disrupt Joe Biden’s victory that are now being led by Special Counsel Jack Smith. In recent weeks, prosecutors have taken new investigative steps, including obtaining documents from local election officials. Trump has not been criminally charged.

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