LIVE: Police Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans to Lie in Honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda

About This Source - Bloomberg QuickTake: Now

Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch.

Recent from Bloomberg QuickTake: Now:

  • Does Covid-19 Spur Diabetes?
  • How Covid-19 Has Reshaped Real Estate and Housing Prices Worldwide
  • Baengnyeongdo: A South Korean Island Facing China Threats
  • Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “LIVE: Police Officer William ‘Billy’ Evans to Lie in Honor in U.S. Capitol Rotunda” – below is their description.

    (Apr. 13) Watch live as Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans lies in honor in the Capitol Rotunda during the second such memorial ceremony this year on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Evans was killed in the line of duty in the most recent attack on 2 US officers near the Capitol Building on April 2, 2021.

    President Joe Biden and congressional leaders will attend a midday ceremony for Evans, 41, who was killed April 2 when a vehicle rammed into him and another officer at a barricade just 100 yards (91 meters) from the Senate side of the Capitol. The driver, Noah Green, 25, came out of the car with a knife and was shot to death by police. Investigators believe Green had been delusional and increasingly having suicidal thoughts.

    Evans’ death came just three months after a violent mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters blew past security barricades and attacked the Capitol, injuring dozens of Capitol Police officers. Officer Brian Sicknick died after engaging with the rioters, though officials do not yet know exactly what caused his death. Two men have been arrested and charged with assaulting him with bear spray.

    Sicknick and Evans are two of only six Capitol Police officers who have been killed in the line of duty in the force’s nearly 200-year history, according to the department. Another officer, Howard Liebengood, died by suicide in the days after Jan. 6.

    The three deaths in as many months have taken an unbearable toll on the force, which has been overworked and understaffed as leaders try to figure out how to move forward after the mistakes of Jan. 6. The Capitol Police were massively unprepared for the hundreds of violent Trump supporters who pushed past them that day, injuring them as they broke into the building. In the weeks and months since, top leaders have resigned and many have considered leaving the department. Officials have brought in trauma therapists, and lawmakers are considering what more they can do.

    “This is a group of men and women who’ve been through an overwhelming amount of trauma over the last few months,” said Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, who heads a spending committee that oversees the Capitol Police and has been investigating the response to the insurrection. “The loss of Officer Evans is yet another stark reminder of what our brothers and sisters in uniform risk every day to protect us. The honor of lying in state under the Capitol dome is befitting of this American hero.”

    Lawmakers, family and members of the police force will be invited to pay their respects to Evans after the ceremony with Biden and congressional leaders. He will be only the sixth person to lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda, a designation for those who are not elected officials, judges or military leaders.

    Evans, who had two young children, was an 18-year veteran of the force. He was remembered by colleagues and friends as a man with a sense of humor who loved baseball and golf.

    Members of his family said in a statement through the police earlier this month that most important in his life were his two children, Logan and Abigail.

    “His most cherished moments were those spent with them — building with Lego, having lightsaber duels, playing board games, doing arts and crafts, and recently finishing the Harry Potter series,” the family said. “He was always so eager to show how proud he was of everything they did.”

    The family said Evans was proud of his job and his friendship with colleagues near the “North Barricade” of the Capitol complex was one of the best parts of it.

    “We hold them in our hearts, as we know they acutely share our grief,” they said.

    Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said on the Senate floor Monday evening that Evans was a “familiar and friendly face” at that barricade where he died, a gate that is frequently used by senators and staff. Durbin said the three deaths this year are an “incredible hardship” for the department and Congress owes them a debt that can never be repaid.

    “Every day it is incumbent on those of us who work in this building to remember this officer, and to thank him, and the men and women of the U.S. Capitol Police who have given so much to keep us safe,” Durbin said.

    Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: Donald Trump

    Donald John Trump was the 45th President of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality. Trump was born and raised in Queens, a borough of New York City, and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School.

    5 Recent Items: Donald Trump

  • Tomi Lahren on Trump ban: What is Facebook so afraid of?
  • What is the ‘Great Game’ between Russia and the United States? | The Bottom Line
  • Facebook oversight board upholds Donald Trump’s suspension
  • Trump expresses fury at Facebook ban | 9 News Australia
  • Banning Trump From Facebook Was Right Decision: Oversight Board
  • In This Story: Joe Biden

    Joe Biden is an American politician serving as the 46th and current president of the United States. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 47th vice president from 2009 to 2017 under Barack Obama and represented Delaware in the United States Senate from 1973 to 2009.

    He is married to Dr Jill Biden.

    Books by Joe Biden #Ad

    6 Recent Items: Joe Biden

  • Blinken visits Kyiv after Russia standoff
  • A breakdown of President Joe Biden’s spending plan
  • Congressman Style on the impact of President Joe Biden’s proposed tax hike
  • ‘Monumental moment’: US backs COVID vaccine patent waivers
  • BizBeat Ep. 117: U.S. backs waiving international patent protections for COVID-19 vaccines
  • Biden to back WTO COVID vaccine patent waiver
  • In This Story: Line of Duty

    Line of Duty is a hit television show, aired in the UK by BBC One.

    Synopsis: “DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the anti-corruption unit after he refuses to participate in a cover-up that involves an innocent man getting shot in a police encounter.”

    The show is entering it’s sixth season in 2021, having launched on 26 June 2012.

    5 Recent Items: Line of Duty

  • Ted’s second hit song: ‘Three shots’ | Line Of Duty – BBC
  • Mother of God… Line of Duty’s ‘H’ Reveals Season Finale Secrets | This Morning
  • The Cast Of Line Of Duty Show Drunk Video | The Jonathan Ross Show
  • Real Detective Inspects Line of Duty to Find ‘H’ | This Morning
  • Three solid minutes of Tedisms to make your day | Line Of Duty – BBC
  • Leave a Comment