Entertainment

DC cop injured in Capitol riot confronted House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy in a meeting


A Washington D.C. police officer who was injured in the Capitol riot confronted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a meeting and demanded he denounce remarks from his fellow Republicans downplaying the violence in the siege.

Michael Fanone, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, met with McCarthy on Friday after he had said for weeks he had wanted to talk with the House’s top Republican.

Fanone told CBS News this week that he was forced to the ground and suffered a mild heart attack and a brain injury in the attack, which was caught on his body camera.

‘All holy hell broke loose. The next thing you know, we were just in a hand-to-hand just battle,’ Fanone said.

‘I was tortured. I was beaten. I was, you know, struck with a taser numerous times at the base of my skull. And I posed no threat.’ 

McCarthy, who has opposed the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack, has remained loyal to former President Donald Trump whose supporters violently interrupted the certification of Joe Biden’s election victory on January 6. 

Michael Fanone, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department, finally met with McCarthy on Friday after he said for weeks he had wanted to talk with him

Fanone was joined in the meeting by Gladys Sicknick, mother of Brian Sicknick, and Harry Dunn - a U.S. Capitol Police officer who also faced the rioters

Fanone was joined in the meeting by Gladys Sicknick, mother of Brian Sicknick, and Harry Dunn – a U.S. Capitol Police officer who also faced the rioters

Fanone said he demanded that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy denounce remarks from his fellow Republicans downplaying the violence in the siege

Fanone said he demanded that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy denounce remarks from his fellow Republicans downplaying the violence in the siege

McCarthy, who has opposed the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack, has remained loyal to former President Donald Trump

McCarthy, who has opposed the formation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack, has remained loyal to former President Donald Trump

Fanone told reporters after the meeting that he asked McCarthy to denounce 21 House Republicans who recently voted against giving police officers a congressional medal of honor for defending the Capitol.

‘I went there with specific requests. I asked Kevin to denounce the 21 House Republicans that voted against the gold medal bill, which would recognize and honor my coworkers and colleagues who fought to secure the capitol on January 6,’ Fanone said, according to CNN.

‘I also asked him to denounce Andrew Clyde’s statements regarding January 6 – specifically that it was something of a normal tour day here at the Capitol.’

He added: ‘I found those remarks to be disgusting. I also asked him to denounce the baseless theory that the FBI was behind the January 6 insurrection.’

Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde had compared video of the rioters to a ‘tourist visit.’

‘Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes, taking videos and pictures,’ Clyde had said last month, according to the Washington Post

‘You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit.’ 

McCarthy told Fanone he would ‘address it in a personal level with some of those members,’ the police officer said.

Pro-Trump protesters clash with D.C. police officer Michael Fanone during the riot at the Capitol

Pro-Trump protesters clash with D.C. police officer Michael Fanone during the riot at the Capitol

Michael Fanone, a Metropolitan Police Department officer who was beaten during the January 6 attack on the Capitol, leaves a meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Michael Fanone, a Metropolitan Police Department officer who was beaten during the January 6 attack on the Capitol, leaves a meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy

Fanone said the response from McCarthy, whose office did not comment on the meeting, was not sufficient and that, as a cop who served on January 6, it  was ‘not what I want to hear.’

He said he found Clyde’s comments ‘disgusting.’ 

‘It’s important to hear those denouncements publicly,’ Fanone said.

Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, who was also among the officers who responded to the rioting, joined Fanone and McCarthy for the meeting.

Gladys Sicknick, the mother of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, was also expected to be in the meeting but did not speak to reporters afterward. 

Brian Sicknick collapsed and died after engaging with the mob, and a medical examiner later ruled that he died of natural causes.

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters before they rioted at the United States Capitol

President Donald Trump speaks to supporters before they rioted at the United States Capitol

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on January 6

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on January 6

Landon Kenneth Copeland, 33, allegedly shoved another rioter into an officer which caused the cop to fall to the ground – resulting in officers equipped with riot gear to push forward against the crowd

Landon Kenneth Copeland, 33, allegedly shoved another rioter into an officer which caused the cop to fall to the ground – resulting in officers equipped with riot gear to push forward against the crowd

Copeland then allegedly grabbed one of their riot shields and pushed against the police line, grabbing an officer’s jacket and shoving them

Copeland then allegedly grabbed one of their riot shields and pushed against the police line, grabbing an officer’s jacket and shoving them

Supporters of President Trump who were trying to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election clash with police as the crowd storms the US Capitol

Supporters of President Trump who were trying to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election clash with police as the crowd storms the US Capitol

The largest number of people charged in relation to the deadly riot come from Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida, in that order

The largest number of people charged in relation to the deadly riot come from Texas, Pennsylvania, and Florida, in that order 

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington

The meeting comes as many Republicans have made clear that they want to move on from the January 6 attack – frustrating some law enforcement officers who were brutally beaten by the rioters as they pushed past them and broke into the building. 

Senate Republicans have blocked an independent, bipartisan investigation of the attack and some House members are increasingly downplaying the insurrection.

Dunn said afterward that it was an ’emotional meeting’ but declined to go into detail and thanked McCarthy for his time.

‘He was receptive, and I think ultimately, we have the same goal. It´s just going to take a little time getting there, I guess,’ Dunn said.

The goal, Dunn said, is ‘accountability, justice for everybody that was involved.’

As the officers and family members push for answers, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday that she is creating a special committee to investigate the attack. 

The FBI has been looking for one man, #91, who was pictured with a black and gold arm band, the signature colors of the Proud Boys

The FBI has been looking for one man, #91, who was pictured with a black and gold arm band, the signature colors of the Proud Boys

Pelosi said a partisan-led probe was the only option left after the Senate Republicans blocked the bi-partisan commission.

‘Jan. 6 was a day of darkness for our country,’ Pelosi told reporters on Thursday, according to The New York Times.

‘Our temple of democracy was attacked by insurrectionists. The gleeful desecration of the Capitol resulted in multiple deaths, physical harm to over 140 members of law enforcement and terror and trauma among staff, workers and members.’

She added: ‘It is imperative that we seek the truth. It is clear the Republicans are afraid of the truth.’

Fanone, Dunn and Gladys Sicknick have all aggressively lobbied for the independent panel – which would be modeled after a similar panel that investigated the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks – and they visited the offices of several Republican senators before the vote last month. 

Seven Republican senators voted with Democrats to consider the legislation that would form the bipartisan panel, but it still fell short of the 60 votes needed to move forward.

Police were seen backing away from the cloud of fire extinguishing retardant sprayed at them

Police were seen backing away from the cloud of fire extinguishing retardant sprayed at them

Fanone was one of many Metropolitan Police officers who was called in to help deal with the increasingly chaotic scene as delays kept National Guard away. He has described being dragged down the Capitol steps by rioters who shocked him with a stun gun and beat him.

Dunn, a Capitol Police officer, has similarly described fighting the rioters in hand-to-hand combat and being the target of racial slurs as he tried to hold them back.

Both officers said they discussed the select committee with McCarthy, who said earlier Friday that he couldn’t comment on it because he hadn’t talked to Pelosi.

Fanone said he asked for a commitment not to put ‘the wrong people’ on the panel and that McCarthy said he would take it seriously.

Dunn confirmed that account, saying McCarthy ‘committed to us to taking it serious.’

In addition to Clyde, other Republicans have increasingly made statements defending the rioters and have spread conspiracy theories about what happened that day. 

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar has repeatedly insisted that a Trump supporter who was shot and killed that day while trying to break into the House chamber was ‘executed.’ 

Others have suggested that the Justice Department should not be charging the insurrectionists with crimes.

And last week, the 21 Republicans voted against giving medals of honor to the U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police to thank them for their service on Jan. 6. Dozens of those officers suffered major injuries, including chemical burns, brain injuries and broken bones. McCarthy voted for the measure.

Seven people died during and after the rioting, including Ashli Babbitt, the woman who was shot and killed, and three other Trump supporters who died of medical emergencies. 

In addition to Sicknick, two police officers died by suicide in the days that followed.

Fanone made clear that the last several months have taken a toll. He said he was ‘mentally and physically exhausted’ and that he felt isolated.

‘This experience is not something that I enjoy doing,’ he said. ‘I don´t want to be up here on Capitol Hill. I want to be with my daughters. But I see this as an extension of my service on Jan. 6th.’

Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt’s family sue DC police to reveal identity of cop who fatally shot her a month after they vowed to file separate $10million wrongful death suit

Ashli Babbit’s family are suing Washington, DC, police for records about the police officer who shot and killed her during the January 6 Capitol riots.  

The civil lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in early June, demands that the Metropolitan Police Department hand over all video footage of the fatal shooting, as well as witness statements and documents gathered during the department’s internal investigation into the shooting.

It comes more than a month after the Department of Justice announced it would not pursue criminal charges against the Capitol police officer responsible for Babbitt’s death.

Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from San Diego, was shot and killed when she and other Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6

Ashli Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran from San Diego, was shot and killed when she and other Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 

The civil lawsuit is separate from a $10million wrongful death lawsuit Babbitt’s family announced they were preparing to file last month.    

According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by CNBC, Babbitt’s husband filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the records from the Metropolitan Police Department after the Department of Justice concluded in mid-April that the unnamed police officer did not use excessive force against Babbitt in her death.

It claims the police department failed to comply with the request by missing the May 12 deadline to either provide him with the records or notify him that he would not be given access to them.

Babbitt family attorney Terrell Roberts told CNBC the purpose of the lawsuit is to uncover records about the shooting and the investigation that followed.  

The Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, along with two other civil rights offices within the US Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation, the Department of Justice announced in mid-April, by sifting through video footage posted to social media, Babbitt’s autopsy results and statements from the officer who fired the gun as well as others who were on the scene.

‘Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution,’ the Department of Justice reported. 

‘Specifically, the investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense.’ 

Roberts, however, disagreed with that assessment.

‘The actual evidence is this: the officer shot an unarmed woman who was not an immediate threat to him or any member of Congress,’ Roberts previously told CNBC. ‘That is inconsistent with any claim of self-defense or the defense of others, period.’

Ashli Babbit's family are suing Washington, DC, police for records about the police officer who shot and killed her during the January 6 Capitol riots

Ashli Babbit’s family are suing Washington, DC, police for records about the police officer who shot and killed her during the January 6 Capitol riots 

He said he and the family ‘strongly disagree with the U.S. Attorney’s decision, but we are not dissuaded from our goal of ultimately vindicating Ashli Babbitt’s constitutional rights in the civil arena.’

The family is now planning on filing another lawsuit against the police department, alleging the police violated Babbitt’s constitutional right against excessive force and ‘possibly failure to train, discipline and supervise the officer who killed Babbitt,’ Roberts told CNBC.

They will seek ‘an amount well above $10million’ in recovery from losses.    

Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, was one of hundreds of former-President Donald Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6 in an effort to prevent Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election.

Video footage from the riots, which was a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's election victory, showed Babbitt (top right) trying to enter the Speaker's Lobby through the broken door

Video footage from the riots, which was a failed bid to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory, showed Babbitt (top right) trying to enter the Speaker’s Lobby through the broken door 

They started at a rally nearby, and broke-into the Capitol, breaching perimeters set by the Capitol Police Department, shortly after Trump told his followers they should pressure Republicans not to accept the results of the election.

According to the Department of Justice, Babbitt was part of a group of protestors that managed to force their way into a hallway outside the Speaker’s Lobby, which leads directly to the House Chamber.

She tried to climb head-first through the broken glass window of a door separating the hallway from the lobby, which was barricaded from the inside with furniture, the department claimed in mid-April, following its investigation into Babbitt’s death. 

Other members of the group tried to break through the doors ‘by striking them and breaking the glass with their hands, flagpoles, helmets and other objects,’ the Department of Justice said, and the U.S. Capitol Police had to evacuate members of Congress stuck inside.

 



Source link

Related Articles

Back to top button