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Family of the slain Capitol Police officer says they don't want to make it a "political issue"

BY , Jan 9, 2021 12:54 AM - REPORT AN ERROR

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporter of President Donald Trump protest as U.S. Capitol Police officers shoot tear gas at demonstrators outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The family of the slain Capitol Police officer says they want the public to remember him for being a hero.

Brian Sicknick died Thursday night of injuries sustained during the riot at the Capitol.

His brother, Ken Sicknick, issued a statement through a family spokeswoman Friday.

A native of South River, New Jersey, Brian Sicknick served in the New Jersey Air National Guard and went on to a law enforcement career, which his family said was his lifelong dream.

He joined the Capitol Police in 2008.

His family said it did not want to make Sicknick's death a "political issue" as many questions remain about what happened.

The statement says, "Brian is a hero and that is what we would like people to remember."

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