Capitol Riot Officer Michael Fanone, Who Testified Before Selected Committee, Joins CNN

Capitol Riot Officer Michael Fanone, Who Testified Before Selected Committee, Joins CNN

Michael Fanone, who testified before the select committee investigating the Capitol riot, announced his resignation from police on Monday. In January, he becomes an on-air contributor for CNN.

Fanone was dragged into a crowd and beaten during the chaos at the Capitol on January 6. The officer suffered a heart attack during the fight and later publicly denounced lawmakers and others who downplayed the attack.

Fanone, the Washington Post reported, was criticized by his peers for playing for the national media.

“Obviously there are some members of our department who feel their oath belongs to Donald Trump and not to the Constitution,” he said of those who felt he was seeking attention.

“I no longer felt like I could trust my colleagues and decided it was time to make a change.”

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Michael Fanone: CNN Contributor

Brian Stelter of CNN confirmed Fanone’s hiring.

Fanone, according to the Post, spent months “recovering from the physical and emotional aftermath of the January 6 events.”

He was reportedly dissatisfied with the role he was given when he returned to police on a limited basis in September.

Fanone indicated that his new position was intended to protect him from officers who were critical of his actions, saying he “felt like a kid doing something wrong and being tolerated”.

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Testimony moved Kinzinger to tears

Michael Fanone was one of four police officers whose testimony before the House Select Hearing about the July Capitol riots moved Representative Adam Kinzinger to tears.

He himself became visibly emotional during his testimony, saying that “what makes the battle more difficult and painful” is that lawmakers “play down or downright deny what happened” on Jan. 6.

“The indifference shown to my colleagues is outrageous,” Fanone said, raising his voice and pounding the table.

Kinzinger (R-IL), a devout ‘Never Trumper’, was widely mocked for crying after police officers’ testimony.

“We may have our deep disagreements on other policy issues, but we’re all Americans these days,” he said, eyes puffy, biting his lip. “And we thank you for holding that line.”

Kinzinger would later say that he had become good friends with Agent Fanone.

“He is now a man who is very discouraged not because of his job and not because of what he has been through, but because the party that claims to support law enforcement is ignoring him,” he claimed.

The National Police Association would later describe the testimony before the commission investigating the Capitol riots as a politically motivated “dog and pony show.”

Union spokeswoman Betsy Brantner Smith criticized the committee for ignoring officers injured in Black Lives Matter riots.

“The 2020 riots, we can’t just say the whole George Floyd thing was bad and that’s what the police have to deal with and then see these four crying men talking about their experiences,” Smith said.

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