Bidens honor Officer Brian Sicknick in Capitol

U.S. President Joe Biden paid his respects late Tuesday night to the police officer killed in the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last month.

In a solemn ceremony, Brian Sicknick's cremated ashes were placed in the Capitol Rotunda, set to remain there in honor until midday Wednesday.

The president and First Lady Jill Biden stood before the remains with their hands over their hearts in silent tribute to Sicknick.

One by one the officer's fellow Capitol Police officers approached the receptacle and saluted.

Democratic and Republican leaders of U.S. Congress also filed into the Rotunda for the ceremony.

Among them were top Democrats, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

In a joint statement announcing the ceremony last week, they said, "The heroism of Officer Sicknick and the Capitol Police force during the violent insurrection against our Capitol helped save lives, defend the temple of our democracy and ensure that the Congress was not diverted from our duty to the Constitution."

Sicknick died last month as hundreds of former U.S. President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

His father said Sicknick was pepper-sprayed and hit in the head. He was resuscitated twice in an ambulance, but died the next day.

No charges have been brought in the case.

The riot led to Trump's second impeachment and next week, he'll face trial in the Senate on a charge of inciting insurrection.