Judge blasts Capitol rioter accused of assaulting Officer Brian Sicknick


A federal judge blasted a Capitol rioter accused of attacking police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray before his death.

Judge Michael Aloi slammed George Tanios as he called the 6 January riot that led to Officer Sicknick’s death “an assault on our nation”.

The judge made his damning comments as he ordered Mr Tanios, of Morgantown, West Virginia, to be detained pending trial.

Prosecutors say that Mr Tanios, 39, along with Julian Elie Khater, 32, were caught on camera discharging a canister of bear spray into the face of Officer Sicknick and two other officers.

Officer Sicknick, 42, died in hospital a day after the attack, which saw supporters of Donald Trump try and prevent certification of Joe Biden’s election victory.



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