Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone appeared Thursday on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon and reacted to the newly released bodycam footage of him being attacked during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. Fanone suffered a heart attack and concussion after being beaten and shocked with a stun gun. He recalled the terrifying moments when he was attacked by the mob.
“I knew, like at that moment, I was up s*** creek without a paddle,” Fanone said about the moment he was pulled into the crowd. “I just remember, you know, excruciating pain and screaming out, and I remember the fear of losing control at that moment.”
Bodycam footage of the attack was released by CNN on Wednesday, and Fanone admitted that watching the assault play out on television was incredibly difficult.
“I think that was like the most difficult time that I've had since the 6th, reliving that experience,” said Fanone. “I don't know if it was because it was, you know, right there on television or what the case, but, yeah, it broke me.”
Several Republican lawmakers have been downplaying the violence of the attack, which resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. And having been a victim of the violence, Fanone had no patience for the politicians' revisionist rhetoric.
“Those are lies,” Fanone said. “Peddling that bulls*** is an assault on every officer that fought to defend the Capitol. It's disgraceful.”
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