Washington (CNN) — Recently obtained body camera images show the moment when Washington Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone was brutally assaulted while defending the United States Capitol during the January 6 insurrection.
The exclusive material, which was broadcast on «CNN Tonight with Don Lemon» on Wednesday, he was captured by Fanone’s own body camera while outside on the steps of the Capitol and attacked during a fight with the insurgents; their screams were heard during the first part of the video when an agitator can be heard saying clearly, “I have one.”
While it is difficult to see what happens next in the footage, another agitator appears to intervene as Fanone continues to scream in pain.
“Don’t hurt him,” says a voice from the crowd. “We are better than this.”
Then Fanone can be heard pleading with the insurgents to let him go. “I have children,” says Fanone at one point in the video.
While that comment appeared to briefly reach some people in the crowd who gave Fanone a moment of protection, he says she was ultimately knocked unconscious.
And when he came to, all Fanone wanted to know was “Shall we get the door back?” Referring to one of the entrances to the Capitol where the agents were trying to contain the insurgents.
The images offer a stark reminder of what really happened on January 6 despite Republican lawmakers spending several hours Wednesday denying basic facts about the insurrection during a hearing that took place inside the same building that had been attacked. early this year.
During the House Oversight Committee hearing on “Unexplained Delays and Unanswered Questions” on January 6, some Republicans used their time to defend the rioters and portray them as victims rather than perpetrators of a deadly insurrection. which included attacks on police officers like Fanone.
Those lawmakers included Representatives Paul Gosar of Arizona and Jody Hice of Georgia, who had voted to overturn election results from key states even after the attack.
Gosar said the crowd was full of “peaceful patriots,” although many had brought weapons, dozens had assaulted police and hundreds had been charged with federal crimes. I did suggest that the violence was from outside agitators.
Rep. Andrew Clyde, a Republican from Georgia, said point blank: “There was no insurrection.” He added that television images of people in Statuary Hall taking photos and videos could be mistaken for tourists. “If you did not know that the television images are a video from January 6, you would think that it is a normal tourist visit.”
But Fanone’s body camera footage offers a reminder of the violence carried out by supporters of former President Donald Trump on January 6.
Fanone suffered a heart attack and concussion during the insurrection and is now dealing with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I experienced the most brutal and savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life,” he told Lemon last month. Not to mention my police career, which spans almost two decades. It was nothing that I would have thought would be part of my police career, nor was I prepared to experience it.
A second video, also obtained exclusively by CNN, shows Fanone’s perspective of the fight that took place inside the Capitol tunnel where Agent Daniel Hodges was crushed by a door.
This video captures what happened before Fanone was confronted by rioters on the steps of the Capitol, then stepped out into the crowd and attacked.
Who needs a break? Let’s put some new ones in front, ”Fanone says at one point in the video, speaking to his fellow police officers who are struggling to hold the tunnel against a growing wave of rioters.
Come on MDP, jump in! Push them back! ”He says seconds later. That’s it, MPD. Push them to sh * t.
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