A former MPD police officer spoke out during the Jan. 6 Capitol attack man’s sentencing
Former Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanon appeared in court Thursday to face a rioter who allegedly dragged himself into a crowd of Trump supporters. January 6 stormed the Capitol and urged a federal judge to hand down the maximum possible sentence for the crime.
“I would switch that focus back to the police,” Fanon said when sentencing Head, of Albuquerque, Tennessee. “But I can’t do that. And the catalyst for losing my career was Albuquerque Head, the pain I’ve been going through for the last 18 months.”
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson eventually sentenced Head to seven and a half years in prison, describing her as one of the “most serious offenders” in the Jan. 6 case and one of the most horrific attacks on officers. ” that day.
Prosecutors urged Judge Jackson to sentence Head to eight years in prison, a year longer than the sentence given to Kyle Young, who was involved in the attack on Fanon.
They said the longer sentence was based on Head’s initiation of attacks on Fanon and his significant criminal history, which includes nearly 45 prior arrests.
During the hearing, prosecutors played Fanon’s body camera footage, in which you can hear Head’s voice assuring Fanon that he would protect him after he was apprehended.
– I will try to help you. can you hear me – said the leader.
Then Fanon replied, “Thank you.”
Seconds later, however, Head shouted to the brutal crowd, “Hey! I got one!”
He then wrapped his arms around Fanon’s neck and began dragging him away from the barricade of officers guarding the Lower West End Tunnel.
Prosecutors said Fanon suffered a heart attack after being violently beaten by rioters in the crowd and punched in the neck before he was pulled into a police line and taken to an emergency room.
“Dear Sir, I would ask you to show Mr. Head the kindness you showed him on January 6,” Fanon said on Thursday. “If there’s any question in this courtroom, there isn’t.”
It marked the second time Fanon had spoken at the sentencing of one of the rioters convicted of assaulting him. He made the same statement when he sentenced Young in September, urging Judge Jackson to impose a harsh sentence and saying “this attack has cost me my career, it has destroyed my faith in law enforcement and many institutions that I have dedicated my life to for two decades.” my life is to serve.”
Judge Jackson lashed out at the executive as he sentenced him, berating his lawyers for claiming they were not responsible for what happened to Fanone and pulling him into the crowd.
“I can’t take it for a second,” Jackson said. “Who put him at the mercy of the crowd?… Officer Fanone was caught in the crowd you delivered.”
As he sentenced Young, Jackson directly called out those trying to spread the lie that the 2020 election was stolen, accusing them of inciting anger “for their own selfish ends.”
“They should think about the misery they’ve caused, the lives they’ve destroyed, the damage they’ve done to the families of their supporters and the threats to this country’s stock,” Jackson said. “And people who still believe what they’re told, people who are offended, no matter how angry they are, they need to understand when they’re crossing the line and breaking the law, and most importantly, when they decide to do it. If they fight officers in the line of duty, they will be held accountable and the consequences will be severe.”
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