Officer was swatted after speaking outside Trump trial (Jan. 6).

A former D.C. police officer, Michael Fanone, who was assaulted during the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, experienced a swatting incident hours after speaking against former President Donald Trump outside his trial in New York. Fanone, one of the most vocal critics of the Capitol attackers, was invited by President Joe Biden’s campaign to speak outside the New York City courthouse.

During the Capitol riot, Fanone, who had previously voted for Trump, was dragged into the crowd, assaulted, and tased. His badge and radio were stolen, and he suffered a heart attack.

Speaking outside the courthouse, Fanone stated, “I’m just one representative of the hundreds of police officers that were assaulted that day by Donald Trump’s supporters inspired by his lies.”

Following his public appearance, around 8 p.m., Fanone’s 78-year-old mother’s home in Fairfax County, Virginia, was surrounded by police due to a swatting incident. The police received multiple calls describing an active shooter event at Fanone’s mother’s house, and a manifesto allegedly written in the first person as if it was Fanone, describing actions he had taken and claiming he had killed his mother. Fanone’s mother was reportedly mortified to see the police outside her home.

Fanone believes the swatting incident was a coordinated effort and claims there is a pattern of threats against him whenever he speaks publicly about the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. As of now, Fairfax County police have not issued a statement regarding the incident. Fanone expresses concern about the pattern of threats, stating, “There is a pattern here… When I speak out publicly about what happened to me on Jan. 6, I receive threats. There’s always a spike, and that’s unacceptable.”