Officer Michael Fanone is among the many who fought to protect Congress and American democracy on January 6th. Now, he’s telling his story to a House Committee, and revealing just how severe the situation got, as he learned after the fact that he had lost consciousness before fellow officers were able to rescue him.
Officer Fanone was one of the first to testify before a House Committee investigating the January 6th insurrection attempt. In the second of two clips below, he describes how he was separated from other officers, and believed that rioters intended to kill him — especially when he heard someone in the crowd yelling at others to take his gun and kill him with his own weapon. Somehow, he was able to appeal to his captors, and someone intervened and moved him towards his fellow officers, who were able to rescue him. Only upon reviewing his body camera footage was it concluded that he had likely lost consciousness for as much as four minutes.
The first clip includes some of his body camera footage, and may be disturbing to view, so please do so with caution.
Officer Fanone on getting pulled off the line of law enforcement officers by insurrectionists on January 6: "I knew that I was in — I was up shit creek without a paddle … based off the body-worn camera footage, it's believed that I was unconscious for approximately 4 minutes" pic.twitter.com/6R0OPYnKyR
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 27, 2021
As previously reported, Fanone is a Metropolitan Police Officer who normally works on a narcotics team, but answered a call for backup on January 6th, where he suffered a heart attack and traumatic brain injury. He says that he suffers psychological trauma both from reliving that day, and from watching elected officials downplay the horrors of the attack, minimizing what he and others went through.
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