Days after Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone broke his excitement about being defeated, Tased, also robbed of his gear while defending the U.S. Capitol, national prosecutors released more information about among his accused assailants in order to keep him behind bars pending trial. Authorities tied the accused rioter into a social media account calling himself a”son of veterans,” along with prosecutors described how he delivered Fanone into a violent mob.
One of three men recently indicted in relation to Fanone’s attack, Tennessee resident Albuquerque Cosper Head, is depicted in a government memo using duplicity to place Fanone in harm’s way. Fanone’s body camera video captured Head telling the officer”I am gonna try to help you out here. You hear me?” Then”Hey! I got one!”
Prosecutors explain Fanone’s report of the events into the FBI in court documents veiling the officer’s name via the use of his own or her initials.
“In an interview with FBI agents on February 24, 2021, Officer M.F. described the individual who grabbed onto Officer M.F. and wrapped him up into a bear hug while dragging him out of the tunnel,” the 26-page memo states. “Officer M.F. also suggested that the individual kept telling Officer M.F. that he’d care for him when they got out but at no point did Officer M.F. think that the individual was going to help him or her take care of him. Added video obtained by the FBI reveals the defendant dragging Officer M.F. throughout the audience.”
Accused Capitol rioter Albuquerque Cosper Head is thought to have attacked officers.
That is where Head’s accused accomplices Thomas Sibick, 35, of Buffalo, N.Y. along with Kyle James Young, 37, of Redfield, Iowa, enter the prosecution’s short along with accused rioter Daniel Joseph Rodriguez, who’s separately charged.
“After the suspect pulled Officer M.F. to the audience, additional rioters assaulted him, including Daniel Rodriguez, that tased Officer M.F., Thomas F. Sibick, that robbed Officer M.F. of his MPD badge and police army, along with Kyle J. Young, who tried to forcibly remove Officer M.F.’s service weapon from its fixed holster while saying words to the effect that he was going to shoot Officer M.F.’s gun and kill him,” the memo continues.
Fanone opened up on his attack in an emotional interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, where the officer denounced those who’d”whitewash” the Jan. 6th attack on the Capitol.
“It has been really hard seeing elected officials and other individuals type of whitewash the events of that afternoon or downplay what happened,” Fanone told audiences after being asked by Lemon about former President Donald Trump’s effort to cast the rioters as”patriots.”
Trump also said that rioters”hugged and kissed” police, but Head’s alleged”bear hug” of how Fanone is depicted in court documents as anything but tender.
“I think it’s reckless,” Fanone mentioned of Trump’s remarks, without saying the former president’s title. “I had a group of individuals that were trying to kill me accomplish their goal.”
After the siege, national authorities promise to have tied Head into a Twitter account, which stays active. It is full of paeans to the Confederacy along with retweets of all ex-Trump officials like former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and social media manager Dan Scavino. One tweet quoted by prosecutors repeats the conspiracy concept of anti-fascist participation in the riots:”He is seen here with a few known antifa members I was in DC and also”at” the capital and went into most of of confederate flags I seen because I am son of Confederate veterans never seen this guy.”
Prosecutors also pointed into Head’s extensive criminal history in service of his continuing detention, with more than a dozen arrests on crimes including marijuana possession, domestic assault, vandalism, theft, and more.
Prosecutors say that Head was on probation and wasn’t supposed to be in Washington, D.C. on the day of the riot due to a condition restricting his journey to inside Tennessee.
Read the prosecution’s memo under:
Albuquerque Cosper Head Memo with Law&Crime on Scribd
(Fanone photograph via CNN screengrab; additional pictures from Justice Department filing)
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