A Capitol riot suspect was filmed telling cops ‘I’m a piece of sh*t! Sorry!’ while being investigated over claims he tasered a cop during the violence.
California man Daniel Rodriguez, 38, was seen wailing his apology in newly-released police interview footage while being grilled about allegedly assaulting Capitol cop Michael Fanone.
The clip had been released on Tuesday and was the first known video of a Capitol rioter confession tape.
Rodriguez was arrested and charged in March following his confession to which he had pleaded not guilty.
He was indicted on nine federal counts this week for assaulting a federal police officer, obstruction of an official proceeding, inflicting bodily injury using a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.
A newly-released clip revealed alleged Capitol rioter Daniel Rodriguez, 38, breaking down in front of two federal investigators and calling himself a ‘piece of s**t’ after tasering a police officer
The Southern California native was arrested in March and has been indicted on nine federal counts for his involvement in the riots
Investigators say this is the moment Rodriguez tasered Fanone. The circled image is said to capture his hand pressing the shock device to Fanone’s neck
Rodriguez had tasered Capitol cop Michael Fanone, 41 with a stun gun on January 6
The confession clip captured the two investigators asking Rodriguez why he had tased the officer.
‘What do you want me to tell you? That I tased him? Yes… Am I f***ing piece of s**t? Yes,’ Rodriguez said.
‘Why did you tase him?’, one of the investigators asked.
‘I don’t know… I’m a piece of shit, I’m sorry! I don’t know,’ Rodriguez responded as he broke down in tears. ‘He’s a human being with children, and he’s not a bad guy.’
Rodriguez also described the moment he realized he had committed the assault.
‘When I did it, I was like, oh, my God. What did I just do? And I got out of there. I left. I did it and I left,’ he said.
The investigators also asked Rodriguez why he was at the Capitol on January 6.
Rodriguez also said he came to the Capitol as he claimed former President Trump was ‘calling for help’
A red arrow points to Rodriguez during the January 6 riots outside the US Capitol in Washington DC
Rodriguez was also accused of smashing a Capitol window with a flagpole and has been a long supporter of Trump
‘Trump called us. Trump called us to D.C. … If he’s the commander in chief and the leader of our country, and he’s calling for help — I thought he was calling for help,’ he said.
‘Are we all that stupid that we thought we were going to go do this and save the country and it was all going to be fine after? We really thought that. That’s so stupid, huh?’
Rodriguez had been a follower of the right-wing activist group InfoWars and had been a long supporter of Trump.
Rodriguez had allegedly used a stun gun to tase Fanone while other rioters dragged him to the steps of the Capitol as they shouted ‘Kill him with his own gun!’
The officer and father of four claimed he was nearly killed by the mob of rioters.
Rodriguez had been a follower of the right-wing activist group InfoWars and has been a long supporter of Trump
Fanone lost consciousness and was stripped of his badge and gun as well as suffered from a heart attack and traumatic brain injury.
He has since returned to work and said he has seen Rodriguez’s confession clip.
‘I do agree with his self-assessment,’ Fanone told the Washintgon Post.
Fanone also expressed his anger over the Capitol riots being interpreted as a ‘peaceful protest’ after the chaos that had ensued that day.
‘I really think it goes against the previous narrative that the participants were being like freedom fighters and American patriots,’ he added.
‘It’s more like people behaving like morons, misfits and malcontents, many of whom harbored some pretty extreme anti-governmental view points. That’s who came to the Capitol on Jan. 6.’
Pro-Trump protestors are seen clashing DC officer Michael Fanone during the rally
Around 140 police officers were assaulted during the riot
When asked what he would say to Fanone, Rodriguez continued to break down in shame of what he had done.
‘I’m sorry he had to go through that,’ Rodriguez said. ‘It’s not right that he had to suffer like that.’
‘And it puts fear in him and worrying about his life. He was scared for his own life and thought about having to kill us. And he was willing to die because of his beliefs, too.’
The Capitol riots in D.C. were sparked following the controversial 2020 presidential race between former President Donald Trump and current U.S. President Joe Biden.
Pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol building on January 6 following a speech at Trump’s Save America Rally made by the former president himself.
The crowd was angered due to sharing in Trump’s belief that the election was stolen and wanted to try and stop former Vice President Mike Pence from certifying Joe Biden’s win at a ceremony at the Senate.
They then stormed the U.S. Capitol with police attempting to stop the crowd as areas of the building were being evacuated.
According to the Justice Department, more than 120 defendants have pleaded guilty to the January 6 charges.
So far, there have been four felony pleas related to assaults on police with at least 65 defendants facing charges of using a dangerous weapon or causing injury to police.
Around 140 police officers were assaulted during the riot. A total of four people died. Pro-Trump protester Ashli Babbitt was shot by Capitol police officer Michael Byrd, who controversially didn’t face any charges over the killing.
Two others died of heart disease, while a fourth died of a drug overdose.