A famed crime novelist is offering $20,000 to anyone who can identify the Capitol police officer who posed for selfies with rioters on Wednesday (Jan. 6).
Author Don Winslow announced the offer after a video surfaced of the officer taking pics with people as the Capitol was being breached. On Thursday morning (Jan. 7), he tweeted, “I’m offering $10,000 cash to the first person who identifies to me the NAME of this @CapitolPolice officer who took selfies while 5 people were being killed — and something that I can use to VERIFY. If it has already been reported, please send to me.”
Winslow later doubled the reward, saying, “Upping this reward to $20,000. I WANT THIS GUY’S NAME.”
On Wednesday (Jan. 6), a livestream video went viral on social media of the unidentified Capitol officer taking a selfie with a Pro-Trump rioter as they breached the Capitol building. The officer was not in any hurry to remove the intruders from the building. While this officer seemed to be relaxing on the job, one of his fellow officers ended up being attacked by a group of terrorists.
Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away on Thursday (Jan. 7) after sustaining injuries from the riots. He was reportedly hit in the head with a fire extinguisher and his death is now being investigated as a homicide. He was one of five people who lost their lives during the riots.
“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters. He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries,” a statement read.
All flags at the U.S. Capitol will be flown at half-staff in the late officer’s honor.
Check out Winslow’s tweet below.