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VIDEO: Jan 6 Protester Admits He Used Stun Gun On Officer Michael Fanone

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VIDEO: Jan 6 Protester Admits He Used Stun Gun On Officer Michael Fanone

A January 6 suspect was filmed telling investigators ‘I’m a piece of sh*t! Sorry!’ while being investigated over claims he tasered police officer Michael Fanone, 41 on Jan 6.

38-year-old Daniel Rodriguez from California is seen crying and apologizing in newly-released police interview footage while being grilled about allegedly assaulting Capitol police officer Michael Fanone.

The video had been released on Tuesday and was the first known video of a Jan 6 confession tape.

Rodriguez was arrested and charged back in March following his confession to which he had pleaded not guilty.

He was indicted on nine federal counts this week for assaulting a federal police officer, obstruction of an official proceeding, inflicting bodily injury using a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy.

The confession clip shows two investigators asking Rodriguez why he had tased the officer.

‘What do you want me to tell you? That I tased him? Yes… Am I f*ing piece of st? Yes,’ Rodriguez said.

‘Why did you tase him?’, one of the investigators asks.

‘I don’t know… I’m a piece of shit, I’m sorry! I don’t know,’ Rodriguez responded as he broke down in tears. ‘He’s a human being with children, and he’s not a bad guy.’

Rodriguez also described the moment he realized he had committed the assault.

‘When I did it, I was like, oh, my God. What did I just do? And I got out of there. I left. I did it and I left,’ he said.

The investigators also asked Rodriguez why he was at the Capitol on January 6.

‘Trump called us. Trump called us to D.C. … If he’s the commander in chief and the leader of our country, and he’s calling for help — I thought he was calling for help,’ he alledged.

‘Are we all that stupid that we thought we were going to go do this and save the country and it was all going to be fine after? We really thought that. That’s so stupid, huh?’

Rodriguez had allegedly used a stun gun to tase Fanone while other protestors dragged him to the steps of the Capitol as they allegedly shouted ‘Kill him with his own gun!’

The officer and father of four claimed he was nearly killed by the protestors.

Fanone says he lost consciousness and was stripped of his badge and gun as well as suffered from a heart attack and traumatic brain injury. 

He has since returned to work and said he has seen Rodriguez’s confession clip.

‘I do agree with his self-assessment,’ Fanone told the Washington Post. 

Fanone also expressed his anger over the Jan 6 incident as being interpreted as a ‘peaceful protest’ after the chaos that had ensued that day.

‘I really think it goes against the previous narrative that the participants were being like freedom fighters and American patriots,’ he added. 

‘It’s more like people behaving like morons, misfits, and malcontents, many of whom harbored some pretty extreme anti-governmental viewpoints. That’s who came to the Capitol on Jan. 6.’

When asked what he would say to Fanone, Rodriguez continued to break down in shame of what he had done.

‘I’m sorry he had to go through that,’ Rodriguez said. ‘It’s not right that he had to suffer like that.’

‘And it puts fear in him and worrying about his life. He was scared for his own life and thought about having to kill us. And he was willing to die because of his beliefs, too.’   

According to the Justice Department, over 120 defendants have pleaded guilty to the January 6 charges.

So far, there have been four felony pleas related to assaults on police with at least 65 defendants facing charges of using a dangerous weapon or causing injury to police.

However, Capitol police officer Michael Byrd who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt controversially didn’t face any charges over the killing.

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