The FBI has recently obtained video of an individual spraying what looks like some sort of chemical irritant into the eyes of a group of police officers during the Capitol riot of January 6.
Previously, theories had circulated that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was killed after being struck in the head by a rioter with a fire extinguisher. However, there has been no evidence to support this narrative, and news organizations have begun to walk it back.
Sicknick was not reported to have had any head injuries. Some have speculated that his death, which only occurred in the hospital days after the riot, might have been caused by either a stroke or by an allergic reaction to mace or some other kind of chemical irritant.
The new video obtained by the FBI may possibly shed some light on these alternative theories.
Possible New Video Evidence in the Sicknick Case
The emergence of the video has been reported by the New York Times. The only direct source for it as of yet, however, is an unnamed official. As such, information about this should, at least for the moment, be taken with a grain of salt.
No criminal charges have yet been filed as a result of the video, probably because prosecutors would have to prove the existence of a causal connection between Sicknick being hit with the irritant and his death.
Since Sicknick’s true cause of death is not yet clear, no one can yet say what, if anything, will come of this footage.
Speaking to CNN, the Capitol Police issued a statement saying, “The medical examiner’s report on Officer Brian Sicknick’s death, which followed the attack on the Capitol on January 6, is not yet complete.”
Still, there does seem to be at least one suspect in the matter, a man from Texas named Daniel Caldwell. An FBI affidavit claims that Caldwell sprayed around 15 officers with some sort of substance, possibly either pepper spray or bear spray.