What is a life worth? Well, it depends. If you are a Capitol Police officer trying to defend the nation against a bloody coup attempt, apparently your life isn’t worth all that much. U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick (say his name, dammit!) died on January 7th, 2021 as a result of injuries he sustained the prior day as thousands stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn our voices, our votes, our democracy. Two of the men responsible for Officer Sicknick’s death are George Tanios and Julian Khater. They brought pepper spray and bear spray, which they sprayed into officers’ faces, and it was this that led to Officer Sicknick’s two strokes that ultimately killed him.
Mr. Tanios was initially charged with ten counts, including felony charges of rioting, assaulting law enforcement officers and obstructing of Congress’s certification of President Biden’s 2020 election victory. Yesterday, however, Tanios was offered a plea bargain which he gladly accepted, and the charges were reduced to two misdemeanors: trespassing and disorderly conduct on restricted Capitol grounds. The maximum time he will serve for Mr. Sicknick’s murder is a maximum of one year in prison. He has served five months already, his sentencing hearing is scheduled for December, by which time he will have served another five months, so who wants to bet he will be home for Christmas? The bastard viciously and without conscience attacked and murdered a Capitol Police officer, and he will walk practically free.
Yo! Kevin McCarthy … you talk about respect for the police and how you support the police … where’s your outrage today? Officer Sicknick was there to protect YOU, but I haven’t heard a peep out of you about this unconscionable plea deal! Republicans? Do you have nothing to say? Sigh … okay, I get it … just more of the right-wing hypocrisy we’ve become used to. Meanwhile, Officer Sicknick’s family will cry real tears for him at Christmas, while George Tanios will be laughing and celebrating with his family. Where’s the justice?