Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died on January 7, 2021, after suffering two strokes during the January 6th riot. The medical examiner ruled that the injuries he sustained while trying to fight off the overwhelming mob attacking the Capitol were the cause of death. Sicknick’s longtime partner, Sandra Garza, along with his mother, Gladys, and two officers who survived the riot, later lobbied Congress to create an independent commission to investigate the siege.
Now Garza is accusing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) of being “very disrespectful” during that meeting, where he rejected a commission proposal along with his fellow Republicans.
Salon.com reports that Garza joined former D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone, who was also badly injured by the rioters, and other officers involved in the response in meeting with Republican senators in May. Most of those senators told the officers how “tragic” they found the attack, thanked them for their service, and made eye contact during the meeting, according to the New York Times. But as Fanone recounted the attack he survived, Graham appeared “bored and distracted,” Garza said. Graham’s behavior upset Garza to the point where she felt she had to confront him, she told the Times. “I said, ‘I feel like you’re being very disrespectful, and you’re looking out the window and tapping your fingers on the desk,'” she recalled. Another senator present at the meeting told Garza that she was “misreading” Graham’s body language, which only “infuriated” her more, she told the Times.
Trying to prevent the certification of the election was done by ONE side and it wasn’t the left.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) January 6, 2022
Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, who also attended the meetings, told the outlet he was equally angry that the Republican senators refused to commit to doing the “minimum” in response to the attack. Graham, who made a “big show of how angry” he was with the riot, opposed the commission, he recalled. Sen. Tim Scott, (R-SC), who was also in the meeting, told the officers that while he and Graham agreed that there should be “accountability” for the attack, they would not back an independent commission, Dunn told the Times.
— Janice Gindel (@jgindel) January 6, 2022
Graham was already being excoriated on Twitter on Thursday for his remarks regarding the one-year anniversary of the riot.
"It breaks my heart that my friend, a president of consequence, were to allow yesterday to happen, and it will be a major part of his presidency. It was a self-inflicted wound. It was going too far." — @LindseyGrahamSC, 1-7-2021 https://t.co/xUcdf3Gk9N
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) January 6, 2022
The journey of Republican politics, as told by Senator Lindsey Graham: pic.twitter.com/jMyRHoLR58
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) December 30, 2021
— Tara Dublin, Untapped Writing Goldmine #SignTara (@taradublinrocks) January 6, 2022