WASHINGTON– The family of a deceased Capitol police officer refused to shake hands with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., during a ceremony Tuesday honoring U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. Metropolitan Police.
Among the attendees were family members of Brian Sicknick, a U.S. Capitol Police officer who suffered strokes the day after the Jan. 6 insurrection.
During the ceremony, Sicknick's two brothers and parents approached Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and shook his hand. They continued down the line of lawmakers standing in front of the podium, bypassing McConnell and McCarthy. The Sicknicks kept walking, declining to shake hands with the GOP leaders.
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“They’re just two-faced,” Gladys Sicknick, Brian's mother, told CNN. “I’m just tired of them standing there and saying how wonderful the Capitol police is and then they turn around and go down to Mar-a-Lago and kiss his (former President Donald Trump) ring and come back.”
Bipartisan leadership held the Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony to honor law enforcement officers who protected the Capitol on Jan. 6.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Jan. 6 police officer's family refuses to shake hands with GOP leaders