A Washington DC police officer who was tasered while defending the US Capitol on January 6 said the mother of the rioter involved in the attack called him a ‘piece of shit’ after the conviction of his son.
speaking on CNNit is Don Lemon tonight Following Kyle Young’s sentencing on Tuesday, Michael Fanone recounted how he was insulted by the rioter’s mother as he walked out of court.
“I think it’s important for the American people to understand that a lot of family members and defendants in these cases are expressing degrees of remorse in order to hopefully get some leniency from the judge who handed down the sentence, as was the case in this case,” Mr. Fanone, who is no longer with the department, said.
“Mr. Young expressed some remorse. Her mother stood up and tried to apologize to me in the courtroom, and then later, as I was leaving the courthouse, her mother and several other people who were sitting with her in the courtroom again called me “shit”. .'”
Young, 38, was sentenced to seven years in prison by Judge Amy Berman Jackson. Young brought his 16-year-old son to Washington from Iowa and provided the taser used by another rioter to shock Mr. Fanone, who suffered a heart attack and traumatic brain injury as a result of the assault.
In his victim impact statement, Mr Fanone, who was employed by the Metropolitan Police Department for 20 years before resigning in 2021, said he hoped Young suffered in prison.
“The assault on me by Mr. Young cost me my career, it cost me my faith in law enforcement and in many institutions to which I have dedicated two decades of my life,” said Mr. Fanone in court.
He later told Mr. Lemon on air that as he was returning from the podium, an individual who was sitting with other relatives of Young stood up and called him a “piece of shit.” “.” The man was removed from court by US Marshals.
But the verbal attacks continued after Mr. Fanone left the courtroom. He said he didn’t believe Young was remorseful and apologized to win the judge’s empathy.
Mr Fanone held back tears during his appearance on CNN, saying the attacks by Young’s family were not an isolated incident.
“[Sometimes] I try to focus on being a parent and I get calls and texts from people expressing that they want me to die, that they hope I rot in hell,” Mr Fanone said. .
In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, Mr. Fanone, now a law enforcement analyst for CNN, became a vocal critic of the mob who tried to block Congress from meeting to certify electoral votes during of the 2020 presidential election.
He appeared on television and before the House Select Committee on January 6 to speak out against the insurrection.
Young pleaded guilty in May to assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers. While in the lower area of the Capitol’s West Terrace, Young held up a strobe light, pushed a stick-shaped object, and helped launch a large loudspeaker toward the police line.
He then held Mr. Fanone’s left wrist and arm while he was Tasered. In an op-ed for CNN titled What my abuser on January 6 deserves, Mr. Fanone, who shouted “I have children!” as he tried to appeal to the emotions of the crowd, said he had also been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.