I experienced the most brutal, savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life, let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades. — Michael Fanone, Washington, DC Metropolitan Police officer
I experienced the most brutal, savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life, let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades. — Michael Fanone, Washington, DC Metropolitan Police officer
A DC police officer who was beaten and dragged at the Capitol riot says he got PTSD and slammed Republicans who downplayed the violence
  • An officer who policed the Capitol riot criticized politicians who "downplay" the event's violence.
  • Michael Fanone was beaten and stun-gunned at the riot, and suffered a heart attack.
  • He told CNN he had PTSD and said it was hard seeing officials "whitewash the events of that day."
A Washington, DC Metropolitan Police officer who was attacked at the Capitol riot has said he was left with post-traumatic stress disorder and slammed the politicians who "whitewash" the violence.

In an emotional interview to CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday, Michael Fanone said: "I experienced the most brutal, savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life, let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades."

"This was nothing I had ever thought would be a part of my law-enforcement career."

Prosecutors say that Fanone was stun-gunned several times, dragged down the steps, and beaten with a flagpole during the insurrection, and that he suffered a heart attack.

... He described himself as a "pretty apolitical" person, but criticized some politicians who had been downplaying what happened: "It's been very difficult seeing elected officials and other individuals kind of whitewash the events of that day or downplay what happened."


He said: "Some of the terminology that was used, like 'hugs and kisses,' and 'very fine people,' is very different from what I experienced and what my coworkers experienced on the 6th."
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