Fourth Generation Warfare

U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian D. Sicknick, who died after assault on Capitol

By Peter Hermann, Rachel Weiner, Joe Heim, and Tom Jackman, Washington Post

He supported Donald Trump. She supported Hillary Clinton.

But in the midst of the 2016 election, Brian D. Sicknick, an officer with the U.S. Capitol Police, and Caroline Behringer, an adviser for a liberal congresswoman, found common ground.

They met mornings at an entrance to the Capitol, she heading to her office, he protecting those doing the people’s work. They chatted about unwinding in the outdoors and joked about being on opposite sides of the political divide tearing the nation apart.

“There was a shared humanity,” Behringer said, noting, “My job was very much dependent on him keeping me safe.”

Sicknick, a 12-year veteran, died Thursday night, a day after police said he physically engaged with the riotous mob that broke into the Capitol trying to overturn the November election President Trump had lost.


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