May 13, 2021 - Politics & Policy

New Jan. 6 body camera footage shows Trump supporters attacking officer

New body camera footage obtained by CNN shows the moment a DC police officer was brutally attacked by Trump supporters during the Capitol Hill insurrection.

Driving the news: The release of video comes a day after Republican members of Congress sought to downplay the Jan. 6 events, with some lawmakers calling the rioters "peaceful patriots" and comparing them to tourists.

The big picture: The body camera footage comes from DC Metropolitan police officer Michael Fanone. It shows him being swarmed, beaten and tased by pro-Trump rioters.

  • Fanone told CNN he was knocked unconscious at some point, and that he suffered a mild heart attack and concussion during the attack.
  • Fanone can be heard in the video screaming as one rioter yells, "I got one!" It is not immediately clear what happens next, but another rioter seems to intervene and a voice is heard saying, "Don't hurt him."
  • Fanone himself also pleads with the rioters not to hurt him, saying, "I have kids." He is later taken to safety inside a Capitol tunnel, where other police officers comfort him and call for medical attention.

Between the lines: Fanone said in an interview with CNN last month that he is dealing with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder from the events of that day.

  • The officer called out elected officials who he says "downplay" what happened on Jan. 6, saying that he "experienced the most brutal, savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life — let alone my policing career."

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