Gov. Inslee orders flags at half-staff in honor of Capitol police officers

Governor Jay Inslee

WASHINGTON – Governor Inslee directed Washington and U.S. flags be lowered to half-staff on Monday, in honor of two police officers who have died since the riot at the nation’s capitol on Wednesday.

“Today I directed that WA state & U.S. flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in honor of fallen U.S. Capitol Police Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, and all Capitol Police officers and law enforcement across the nation,” the Governor wrote on his Twitter account.

Prosecutors in the US Attorney’s office plan to open a federal murder investigation into the death of Brian D. Sicknick, a US Capitol Police officer who died Thursday night of injuries he sustained during the riot.

Another Capitol Police Officer, Howard Liebengood, who also responded to the riot, reportedly died of suicide over the weekend.

He went to say that that questions regarding why the Capitol police department wasn’t prepared for the riot shouldn’t overshadow the officer’s courage.

Gov. Inslee directs the flag to be lowered to half-staff on these occasions:

  • Peace Officers Memorial Day, May 15 (unless that day is also Armed Forces Day)
  • Memorial Day, flag lowered from sunrise to noon
  • Patriot Day, September 11
  • National Firefighters Memorial Day, October (typically during Fire Prevention Week)
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 7
  • In the event of the death of a principal federal or state government official
  • In the event of the death of a state government employee, or a member of the public safety community, killed in the line of duty
  • In the event of the death of a member of the armed forces from Washington state while serving on active duty

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.