Former D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone recalls “frantically searching for ways to survive” on Jan. 6 – “The Takeout”

A Jan. 6, 2021, rioter who pleaded responsible to brutalizing Washington, D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone obtained a 7 1/2-year jail sentence Thursday. Fanone was dragged, crushed and tased within the melee and suffered a coronary heart assault and traumatic brain damage within the assault.

“I was frantically searching for ways to survive,” Fanone instructed host Major Garrett on this week’s episode of “The Takeout.”

Former D.C. Police Officer Michael Fanone with CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett on “The Takeout.”

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Fanone voluntarily responded to the Capitol riot after marauders overwhelmed undermanned police traces. Body cam footage captures Fanone’s excruciating expertise — first dragged out of a tunnel by his neck, then senselessly attacked by rioters and shocked along with his personal taser a number of occasions.

“I remember screaming out that I have kids. I thought maybe I could appeal to somebody’s humanity,” Fanone recalled. That tactic labored lengthy sufficient for fellow officers to come to his support.

Fanone left the power final year and has since printed a guide about his expertise, “Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop’s Battle for America’s Soul.” 

“Americans have become indifferent to the idea that this is a diverse country and that people who have different ideologies and political beliefs…can peacefully coexist. And that that’s actually what makes this country great,” Fanone stated. “I don’t know how to get back to that, but I think that ultimately it’s indifference that is going to be the downfall of America.”

Fanone 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 previous president however is now utilizing his platform to speak about Trump’s “efforts to subvert democracy.”

“I thought that I could help people come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is exactly what he is, which is a dangerous exploiter of democracy and ultimately doesn’t represent any of us. He only represents his own self-interest.”

That outspokenness has drawn scorn from a comparatively small, however vocal faction of Fanone’s Trump-supporting former regulation enforcement colleagues.  “They felt like what happened on Jan. 6 was justified, and that they were supportive of that effort.”

Fanone stated he is grow to be shut to some members of Congress since Jan. 6, together with Reps. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, and Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois and a member of the House choose committee investigating Jan. 6.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has additionally stored in contact with Fanone with textual content messages and an occasional center-of-the-night time telephone name. 

“I attributed it to the fact that she was out on the Left Coast and probably forgot about the time difference,” Fanone stated. “But I answered nevertheless.”

Executive producer: Arden Farhi

Producers: Jamie Benson, Jacob Rosen, Sara Cook and Eleanor Watson

CBSN Production: Eric Soussanin 
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