Speaking out on January 6 ‘destroyed my career’

  • Former DC Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone is set to release his memoir on October 11.
  • He told Rolling Stone that he wrote the book partly because talking about January 6 destroyed his career.
  • Fanone was assaulted during the riot and repeatedly pushed back those who downplayed it.

Former Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police officer Michael Fanone has frequently spoken out against the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol — and at great expense, he says.

“Mike Fanone is broke. I’m pretty sure that’s why people do things like that,” Fanone told Rolling Stone, speaking of himself in the third person while explaining some of his reasoning for writing. a memoir: “I said the things I said for free and fucking destroyed my career, made my job untenable, then tried to make hard lemonade out of lemons.”

Fanone’s memoir, “Hold the Line: The Insurrection and One Cop’s Battle for America’s Soul,” is slated for release Oct. 11.

Fanone was among the officers defending the Capitol when it was stormed by a crowd of supporters of former President Donald Trump. Prosecutors said Fanone was repeatedly knocked unconscious, beaten with a flag pole and dragged down several steps. He suffered a heart attack and concussion as a result of the assault and said he ended up with traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

“I experienced the most brutal and savage hand-to-hand combat of my entire life, not to mention my police career, which spans almost two decades,” he told CNN in April 2021. part of my law enforcement career.”

Four men have been charged with assaulting Fanone, one of whom, Kyle Young, was sentenced to 86 months in prison on Tuesday.

Fanone has repeatedly pushed back against Republicans who have sought to downplay the attack on the Capitol. But as he spoke — including after testifying before Congress in July 2021 — Fanone said he knew he was risking his career.

“I knew shortly after my testimony in Congress that my career in law enforcement was ruined,” Fanone told Rolling Stone, adding after his testimony “critics from inside the [police] department went from quiet whispers to screams and screams. »

He had planned to return to duty after recovering from his injuries, but instead, on December 31, 2021, he resigned with a note to his supervisor that read “Fuck you,” Rolling Stone reported.

“Then I was like, ‘Oh, shit. I won’t be a policeman anymore,'” he said.

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