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On January 6, D.C. police officer Michael Fanone was nearly murdered when he rushed to the Capitol building to defend it from insurrectionists.

In what he describes as a "Medieval battle scene" his helmet was stolen from his head, he was thrown to the ground and then dragged down a set of stairs on his stomach. Rioters beat him with metal pipes and a pole with an American flag attached.

During the melee, he was hit with a stun gun multiple times while people chanted "USA! USA! USA!" During the assault, he suffered a mild heart attack and traumatic brain injury.

Since the riot, the 40-year-old father of four, who joined the police force after 9/11, has been speaking out against Republicans who've attempted to "whitewash" what happened.

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