What Michael Fanone Video Shows As Capitol Rioters Assault D.C. Officer in Bodycam Footage

Newly released body camera footage shows D.C. police officer Michael Fanone being assaulted by Capitol rioters on January 6 as he pleaded with them to stop and told them he had children at home.

The footage obtained by CNN Tonight with Don Lemon and aired on Wednesday night showed protesters saying they "got one" as Fanone appears to be clinging on and trying to hold himself up. He can then be heard screaming as a scuffle appears to break out.

It is not entirely clear what happens next as the footage is shaky, but the D.C. police officer then appears to fall to the ground screaming as other protesters intervene and tell others not to hurt him. "Don't hurt him," one voice is heard saying. "We're better than this," another voice shouts.

Fanone then tells the Capitol rioters "I got kids," as one protester tells the crowd to let him through on his way back toward the Capitol building. "Bring him up, bring him up," one man says. "Don't hurt him," another adds.

EXCLUSIVE: @CNN has obtained bodycam video showing the attack on DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Fanone was stun-gunned several times and beaten with a flagpole. Watch: pic.twitter.com/TaItyUz9IX

— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) May 13, 2021

When the police officer tells the crowd that he wants to go back inside, a few can be seen escorting him toward the Capitol building. Fanone then appears to collapse to the floor as he is returned to other officers at the door. He told CNN he was knocked unconscious.

The remainder of the footage aired by CNN shows officers carrying Fanone into the building as a man who identifies himself as his partner encourages him to hang in there.

The D.C. officer was concussed and suffered a heart attack after he was assaulted by the pro-Trump mob outside the Capitol building in January. Two men have been charged with his assault, according to the Washington Post.

Although he has made a recovery since, the officer has previously said he now suffers from PTSD and has had to deal with a brain injury.

In an interview with CNN last month, Fanone said he wanted people to "understand the significance" of the Capitol riots and that rioters came to the seat of Congress "hell-bent on violence and destruction and murder." He added that he found it difficult to watch some lawmakers downplay what happened on January 6.

"I experienced the most brutal, savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life," Fanone told CNN in April. "Let alone my policing career, which spans almost two decades. It was nothing that I had ever thought would be a part of my law enforcement career, nor was I prepared to experience."

Former President Donald Trump has previously tried to dismiss violence against police defending the Capitol building. During an interview with Fox News in March, the ex-commander-in-chief said his supporters had been "hugging and kissing" officers at the scene of the riot.

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Protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Newly released body camera footage shows D.C. police officer Michael Fanone being assaulted by rioters. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images