Footage shows an alleged rioter collapsing inside the Capitol after tasering an officer
A suspect in a Capitol riot was filmed telling police, ‘I’m a piece of shit! Sorry!’ while under investigation over allegations that he tasered an officer during the violence.
California man Daniel Rodriguez, 38, was seen moaning his apologies in newly released police interview footage as he was grilled about allegedly assaulting Capitol agent Michael Fanone.
The clip was released Tuesday and was the first known video of a Capitol rioter confession tape.
Rodriguez was arrested and charged in March after his confession to which he had pleaded not guilty.
He was charged this week on nine federal charges with assaulting a federal police officer, obstructing official proceedings, inflicting bodily harm with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy.
A newly released clip revealed alleged Capitol rioter Daniel Rodriguez, 38, collapsing in front of two federal investigators and calling himself a “piece of asshole” after tasing a police officer.
The Southern California resident was arrested in March and has been charged on nine federal charges for his involvement in the riots
Investigators say this is when Rodriguez tasered Fanone. The circled image is said to capture his hand pressing the shock device against Fanone’s neck
Rodriguez had tasered Capitol agent Michael Fanone, 41, with a stun gun on Jan.
The confession clip captured the two investigators asking Rodriguez why he tasered the officer.
‘What do you want me to tell you? That I feel him? Yeah… Am I a fucking piece of shit? Yes,’ said Rodriguez.
“Why did you task him?” one of the detectives asked.
‘I don’t know… I’m a piece of shit, I’m sorry! I don’t know,” Rodriguez replied, bursting into tears. “He’s a human with kids, and he’s not a villain.”
Rodriguez also described the moment he realized he had committed the attack.
“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 left,” he said.
The investigators also asked Rodriguez why he was in the Capitol on January 6.
Rodriguez also said he came to the Capitol because he claimed former President Trump was ‘crying for help’
A red arrow points to Rodriguez during the January 6 riots outside the US Capitol in Washington DC
Rodriguez was also accused of smashing a Capitol window with a flagpole and is a long-time Trump supporter
Trump called us. Trump called us to DC… If he’s the commander in chief and the leader of our country, and he’s crying out for help — I thought he was crying out for help,” he said.
“Are we all so stupid that we thought we were going to do this and save the country and then everything would be okay? We really thought so. That’s so stupid, isn’t it?’
Rodriguez was a follower of the right-wing activist group InfoWars and a longtime supporter of Trump.
Rodriguez had reportedly used a stun gun to taser Fanone, while other rioters dragged him to the Capitol steps shouting ‘Kill him with his own gun!’
The officer and father of four claimed he was nearly killed by the mob of rioters.
Rodriguez was a follower of the right-wing activist group InfoWars and a long-time supporter of Trump
Fanone lost consciousness and was stripped of his badge and gun and suffered a heart attack and traumatic brain injury.
He has since returned to work and said he saw Rodriguez’s confession clip.
“I agree with his self-assessment,” Fanone told the Washington Post.
Fanone also expressed anger at the Capitol riots, which were interpreted as a “peaceful protest” after the chaos that had erupted that day.
“I really think it goes against the previous narrative that the participants were like freedom fighters and American patriots,” he added.
“It’s more like people acting like idiots, misfits and malcontents, many of whom took quite extreme anti-government views. That’s the one who came to the Capitol on January 6.’
Pro-Trump protesters clash with DC officer Michael Fanone during rally
About 140 police officers were attacked during the riot
When asked what he would say to Fanone, Rodriguez continued to collapse in shame for 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 this.”
“And it scares him and worries about his life. He was afraid for his own life and thought about killing us. And he was also willing to die for his beliefs.”
The DC Capitol riots were sparked after the controversial 2020 presidential race between former President Donald Trump and current US President Joe Biden.
Pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 after a speech by the former president himself at Trump’s Save America Rally.
The crowd was outraged at Trump’s belief that the election had been stolen and wanted to prevent former Vice President Mike Pence from ratifying Joe Biden’s victory in a Senate ceremony.
They then stormed the U.S. Capitol as police tried to hold back the crowd as parts of the building were evacuated.
More than 120 defendants have been charged with the charges of 6 January, according to the Justice Department.
So far, there have been four crime pleas related to assaults on the police, with at least 65 defendants accused of using a dangerous weapon or inflicting injury on the police.
About 140 police officers were attacked during the riots. A total of four people were killed. Pro-Trump protester Ashli Babbitt was shot by Capitol police officer Michael Byrd, who was controversially not charged with the murder.
Two others died of heart disease, while a fourth died of a drug overdose.