‘I have kids!’: New bodycam footage shows moment desperate Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone begs for mercy as he’s pummeled by rioters in January riots
Newly released bodycam footage shows the moment that U.S. Capitol police officer Michael Fanone is brutally attacked by a rioter during the January 6 attack on the Capitol
The footage aired on on CNN offers a glimpse into the attack on Fanone, 40, that led to a heart attack.
Fanone’s own body camera captured the clash outside on the Capitol steps with the rioter that led to him being tasered.
Fanone is captured screaming in pain as one rioter is heard saying ‘I got one.’
Newly released bodycam footage shows the moment officer Michael Fanone is screaming in pain as one rioter is heard saying ‘I got one.’
The bodycam footage captured the chaotic scene at the Capitol as officer Michael Fanone is heard screaming in fear as the mob crowds him
Officer Fanone’s bodycam footage captures the chaotic scene outside the capitol as fellow officers try to guard the Capitol building
The footage is unclear but rioters can be heard clearly as Fanone continues to scream in pain.
At one point someone interjects and says ‘Don’t hurt him,’ and another person can be heard saying ‘We’re better than this,’ as someone else says ‘Let him through.’
Fanone pleads with the crowd, desperately telling them, ‘I have kids.’
Fanone’s pleas seemed to resonate with some people in the crowd who offered him a moment of protection, but Fanone says he was ultimately knocked unconscious, CNN reported.
By the time he regained consciousness, Fanone asks fellow officers who dragged him to safety, ‘Did we take the door back?’ referring to one of the entrances to the Capitol building where officers were trying to hold off insurrectionists, CNN reported.
On January 6, 2021 several officers were injured after a mob of thousands stormed the U.S. Capitol
Officer Michael Fanone was among several officers injured when protestors stormed the U.S. capitol on January 6, 2021
Fanone and two other officers spoke at a press conference in January where they shared details of how the rioters beat them after breaking in to the Capitol Building while the House certified the election result.
Fanone, a father-of-four, told how the rioters tried to grab his gun and yelled: ‘Kill him with his own gun!’
‘We weren’t battling 50 or 60 rioters in this tunnel. We were battling 15,000 people.
‘It looked like a medieval battle scene,’ Fanone said. He and his colleagues rushed to the Capitol after hearing an urgent call for back-up on the radio.
He was among the few cops who tried to defend the West Terrace.
Fanone has shared his efforts to fend the crowd off so that they could not breach the Capitol building, unaware that protesters had already breached the Capitol and were inside.
Photographs of Fanone screaming as he fought against the mob have been widely shared.
Officer Michael Fanone is pictured clashing with a mob jus outside the U.S. Capitol building
Photographs of officer Fanone screaming as he fought against the mob have been widely shared
Officer Fanone, 40, (pictured) suffered a heart attack after being tasered during a clash with a mob outside the U.S. Capitol
Fanone previously revealed that some of the rioters tried to grab his gun in the chaos and that he feared they would shoot him which was why he pleaded with them not to kill him for the sake of his children, a moment his bodycam footage confirms.
Fanone said that his colleagues had mace sprayed in their faces, had their batons stolen and were then beaten with them.
‘We were getting chemical irritants sprayed, he said. ‘They had pipes and different metal objects, batons, some of which I think they had taken from law enforcement personnel. They had been striking us with those.’
He says that it was impossible to fight the crowd.