Governor Orders Flags At Half Staff For Fallen Officers
CBS2 reports that Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered that all flags across the entire state of Iowa be flown at half-staff until Wednesday night, in honor of Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, as well as Capitol Police Officers and law enforcement officials across Iowa and the U.S.
In the statement, Governor Reynolds says, "We mourn the loss of Capitol Police Officers Brian D. Sicknick and Howard Liebengood who stood bravely in defense of our country and Capitol on January 6th, 2021. While we can never fully realize their sacrifice and pain felt by their loved ones, let's honor what they stood for."
The governor's decree comes shortly after President Trump ordered federal flags to be lowered days after Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader McConnell ordered the same on Capitol Hill. CBS2 reports that the White House had been under for for not lowering the White House flag or offering condolences for the death of officer Sicknick.
Officer Sicknick served multiple tours of duty in Iraq after joining the armed forces following 9/11. He died when members of the pro-Trump mob the attacked the Capitol on January 6th beat him to death with a fire extinguisher. He was just 41. Meanwhile, reports out of the Capitol say that 51 year officer Howard Liebengood took his own life after responding to the attack last Wednesday. Sources say the he was off duty when he died on Saturday.