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Former DC Police Officer Michael Fanon Recalls

a January 6, 2021 Riot who pleaded guilty to cruelty Washington, DC Police Officer Michael Fanon Thursday received a prison sentence of 7 1/2 years. In the scuffle, Fanon was dragged, beaten and teased and suffered a heart attack and traumatic brain injury assault,

“I was looking for ways to survive,” Fanon told host Major Garrett on this week’s episode of “The Takeout.”

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Former DC Police Officer Michael Fanon with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett on “The Takeout.”

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Fanon voluntarily responded to the Capitol riots, when robbers overwhelmed undermanned police lines. Body cam footage captures Fanon’s harrowing experience – first being pulled out of a tunnel by his neck, then savagely attacked by rioters and shocked at times by his own Taser.

“I remember screaming that I had kids. I thought maybe I could appeal to someone’s humanity,” Fanon recalled. That strategy worked long enough for fellow officers to come to his aid.

Fanon left the force last year and has since published a book about his experience, “Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cope’s Battle for America’s Soul.”

Fanon said, “Americans have become indifferent to the idea that this is a diverse country and that people with different ideologies and political beliefs … can coexist peacefully. And that’s what really makes this country.” makes great.” “I don’t know how to go back to that, but I think ultimately it’s apathy that’s going to cause America to collapse.”

Fanon describes himself as “more Trump than Donald Trump. I mean, I drive a pickup truck, I listen to country music, I hunt, I fish.”

He voted for the former president but is now using his platform to talk about Trump’s “attempts to destroy democracy.”

“I thought I might help people come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is exactly that, a dangerous exploiter of democracy and ultimately represents none of us. He only represents his own self-interest. Is.”

That outspokenness has drawn hatred from a relatively small, but outspoken faction of Fanon’s pro-Trump former law enforcement aides. “They felt what happened on January 6 was justified, and they were supportive of that effort.”

Fanon said he has become close to some members of Congress since January 6, including Reps Eric Swellwell, a California Democrat, and Adam Kissinger, a Republican from Illinois and a member of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has also kept in touch with Fanon with text messages and the occasional midnight phone call.

“I attributed it to the fact that she was on the left coast and probably forgot about the time difference,” Fanon said. “But I answered nonetheless.”

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