Capitol Police Officer William Evans, killed in attack, will lie in honor at US Capitol
A man struck two officers near the Capitol with a car April 2 and then rammeda barrier, killing Evans death and leaving another officer hospitalized. Police fatally shot the attacker, 25-year-old Noah Green.
Speaking from the Senate floor Monday evening, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Evans could not have been “a more faithful protector to keep us safe.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Monday noted the significance of Evans lying in honor in the Capitol rotunda, “the very center of the democracy he gave his life to protect.”
Only a few other private citizens have laid in honor, according to a House history of the tradition, including two other Capitol Police officers who died in the line of duty in 1998: Officer Jacob J. Chestnut Jr. and Detective John M. Gibson.
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While rare, Evans will now be the second USCP officer to lie in honor this year. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, laid in honor in early February.
The tradition of using the Capitol rotunda to pay tribute to distinguished Americans began in 1852, but historically that honor has been given to military officers and elected officials who have lain in state. More recently, Congress has allowed citizens to lie in honor.
“We must never — never — take for granted the work” the Capitol police do “day-in and day-out, to guard this citadel of democracy,” Schumer said Monday.