Capitol riot: Trump supporters shown beating Officer Michael Fanone under ‘Blue Lives Matter’ flag

‘Get his ass’ yell rioters as Officer Fanone dragged through crowd

Oliver O'Connell
New York
Wednesday 20 October 2021 17:56
Rioters attack Officer Michael Fanone under Blue Lives Matter flag
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New video has emerged of the 6 January Capitol riot showing supporters of former President Donald Trump attacking DC police officer Michael Fanone.

The angle of the footage shows the assault happening beneath a “Blue Lives Matter” flag, which purports to show solidarity with law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and depicts a black and white Stars and Stripes with a thin blue line across the centre.

It has been criticised for having been coopted by extremists and used as a symbol of white supremacy, notably in Charlottesville in 2017.

Such flags are often seen at Trump rallies and several were evident during the attack on the US Capitol as officers were beaten, tasered, and crushed by the surging crowd.

In the video, rioters can be heard shouting “They have an MPD” meaning an officer of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Shouts of “Get his ass” can also be heard.

At one point during the assault on him, Officer Fanone was electroshocked with a taser by Trump-loyalist rioter Danny Rodriguez, who has since confessed to his actions.

Officer Fanone suffered a heart attack and other injuries that could have also proved fatal during the attack. He later testified about his experience that day before Congress.

Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn, who is Black, said in February that pro-Trump rioters shouted racial slurs at him and beat other officers with Blue Lives Matter flags.

He told ABC News that he remembered telling another officer on 6 January: “I got called a [N-word] a couple dozen times today protecting this building. Is this America? They beat police officers with Blue Lives Matter flags. They fought us, they had Confederate flags in the US Capitol.”

The new footage will air on Wednesday night in a documentary on HBO, Four Hours at the Capitol.

The programme examines the events of the storming of the Capitol, which left five people dead and injured almost 140 police officers.

Four subsequent suicides of law enforcement personnel have also been linked to that day.

The HBO documentary was directed by Jamie Roberts and produced by Dan Reed in association with the BBC.

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