Days following Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone struck his excitement about being beaten, Tased, and also robbed of his equipment while protecting the U.S. Capitol, national prosecutors released more information about among his accused assailants in order to maintain a self-described”kid of Confederate veterans” behind bars pending trial.
Among three guys recently indicted in relation to Fanone’s attack, Tennessee resident Albuquerque Cosper Head, is depicted in a government memo using duplicity to put Fanone in harm’s way. Fanone’s body camera movie captured Head telling the officer”I am gonna attempt to help you out here. You hear me?” And then”Hey! I got you!”
Prosecutors describe Fanone’s accounts of these events into the FBI in court documents veiling the officer’s name through the use of his own initials.
“In an interview with FBI agents on February 24, 2021, Officer M.F. explained the individual who grabbed on Officer M.F. and wrapped him up into a bear hug while dragging him out of the tube,” that the 26-page memo claims. “Officer M.F. also suggested that the individual retained telling Officer M.F. who he would take care of him once they got out but at no stage did Officer M.F. think that the individual was going to help him or her take care of him. Added video received by the FBI shows that the defendant swiping Officer M.F. throughout the crowd.”
Accused Capitol rioter Albuquerque Cosper Head is said to have attacked officers.
That’s where Head’s accused accomplices Thomas Sibick, 35, of Buffalo, N.Y. and Kyle James Young, 37, of Redfield, Iowa, input the prosecution’s short and accused rioter Daniel Joseph Rodriguez, who is separately charged.
“Following the defendant pulled Officer M.F. into the crowd, other rioters attacked him, including Daniel Rodriguez, who tased Officer M.F., Thomas F. Sibick, who loathed Officer M.F. of his MPD trademarks and authorities officers, and Kyle J. Young, who also tried to remove Officer M.F.’s support weapon against the fixed holster while stating words to the effect he was likely to shoot Officer M.F.’s weapon and kill him,” the memo persists.
Fanone opened up on his attack in an emotional interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, where the officer denounced those who would”whitewash” that the Jan. 6th attack on the Capitol.
“It has been really hard regarding elected officials and other people type of whitewash the events of the afternoon or downplay what occurred,” Fanone told audiences after being asked by Lemon about former President Donald Trump’s attempt to cast the rioters as”patriots.”
Trump also said that rioters”hugged and kissed” police, but Head’s alleged”bear hug” of Fanone is depicted in court documents as anything but caring.
“I think it’s reckless,” Fanone stated of Trump’s opinions, without saying that the former president’s title. “I experienced a bunch of individuals which were trying to kill me accomplish their goal.”
Following the siege, national police claim to have discovered Head’s Twitter account, which remains busy, filled with paeans to the Confederacy and retweets of ex-Trump officials such as former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and social media manager Dan Scavino. One tweet quoted by prosecutors reproduces that the conspiracy theory of anti-fascist involvement in the riots:”He is seen here with many known antifa associates that I was in DC and”in” the funds and went into each of confederate flags I seen because I am son of Confederate veterans never seen this man.”
Prosecutors also pointed into Head’s extensive criminal history in service of his continued detention, with more than a dozen arrests on offenses including marijuana possession, domestic assault, theft, vandalism, and much more.
Prosecutors say that Head was on probation and was not supposed to be in Washington, D.C. on the day of the riot due to a condition restricting his travel to inside Tennessee.
Read the prosecution’s memo below:
Albuquerque Cosper Head Memo with Law&Crime on Scribd
(Fanone photograph via CNN screengrab; other pictures in Justice Department submitting )
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