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Two Men Arrested for Assaulting Capitol Police Officer Sicknick

Federal authorities on Sunday arrested and charged two men with assaulting Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot on Capitol Hill. They have not been charged with his death because a toxicology study has not yet been completed, but it is suspected that Sicknick died as a result of being sprayed.

Julian Elie Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, and George Pierre Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, W.Va., are expected to appear in federal court Monday to face the charges.

Arrest papers filed with the court say that in video recorded at 2:14 p.m. on the Lower West Terrace of the Capitol Khater allegedly said to Tanios, “Give me that bear s—” where Sicknick was standing guard with other officers behind metal bicycle racks.

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Nine minutes later video shows Khater discharging a canister of bear spray into the face of Sicknick and two other officers, according to the court filing.

The two men are charged with nine counts including assaulting Sicknick, a U.S. Capitol Police officer identified as C. Edwards and a D.C. police officer identified as B. Chapman with a deadly weapon. They are also charged with civil disorder and obstruction of a Congressional proceeding. The charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors said tipsters contacted the FBI allegedly identifying Khater and Tanios from wanted images released by the bureau from surveillance video and officer-worn body camera footage, the complaint said.



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