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Bodycam footage of the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, in October, taken by responding police officers has been released and was shown during a court proceeding this week. Prosecutors played the bodycam footage of the assault in a San Francisco courtroom on Wednesday, according to reports.
“The proceedings were part of a preliminary hearing for alleged assailant David DePape, who has pleaded not guilty to federal and state charges, including attempted murder and attempted kidnapping, in connection to the October 28 break-in at the Pelosi residence in Pacific Heights,” the Daily Wire reported.
Reporters monitoring the proceedings in the gallery of the state courtroom could hear the footage but they were not actually able to see the 15-second clip of an officer’s bodycam because the TV monitor was facing the judge, KRON 4 reported.
News stations and outlets could report what was said and did so, spanning the timeframe when officers first arrived at the Pelosi home and saw DePape and Pelosi, 82, fighting over a hammer.
“Good morning, what’s going on man?” one police officer asks, leading DePape to respond, “Everything’s good.” Next, another officer orders, “Drop the hammer!” DePape replies, “Uh, nope.”
Afterward, sounds of a struggle are heard and San Francisco Police Officer Kyle Cagney testified that is the moment he and his partner tackled DePape. Paul Pelosi fell to the ground unconscious and in a pool of blood, he added.
“Backup code 3! Give me your f***ing hands! Give me your f***ing hands!” an officer can be heard saying in the video before it ends.
The Daily Wire added:
DePape allegedly broke into the Pelosi home and confronted Paul Pelosi while he was sleeping. He allegedly asked, “Where is Nancy?” and told Paul Pelosi he would break “her kneecaps” if the speaker did not tell him the “truth,” but let her go if she did. At one point, Paul Pelosi was able to make a call to 911, which led to the visit by police. DePape told authorities he was on a “suicide mission” seeking out other politicians, according to court documents. His friends say he has a history of drug abuse, mental illness, and believing conspiracy theories.
KRON 4 reported that San Fran Police Lt. Carla Hurley testified that the suspect also told investigators he planned to kidnap Hunter Biden, who is President Joe Biden’s son, to discuss “all the corruption” in Washington, D.C. In addition, he said he planned to target California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, actor Tom Hanks, and Gale Breen, a feminist author. Hurley also testified that Paul Pelosi was the person who opened the door when officers arrived and rang the doorbell.
DePape, 42, of the San Francisco suburb of Richmond, was indicted by a federal grand jury after being arrested for the alleged attack on Oct. 28, Axios reported. He stands accused of breaking into the home and attacking Pelosi with a hammer. Pelosi later underwent surgery for a fractured skull. He was also treated for serious injuries to his right arm and hand.
“DePape is charged with one count of assault on an immediate family member of a U.S. official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of their performance of official duties,” Axios reported. “He’s also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a U.S. official on account of the performance of official duties.”
The Justice Department noted in a press release:
Paul Pelosi later described to police that he had been asleep when DePape, whom he had never seen before, entered his bedroom looking for Nancy Pelosi.
According to the indictment, minutes after the 911 call, two police officers responded to the Pelosi residence where they encountered Paul Pelosi and DePape struggling over a hammer. Officers told the men to drop the hammer, and DePape allegedly gained control of the hammer and swung it, striking Pelosi in the head.
Officers immediately restrained DePape while Pelosi was injured on the ground. As set forth in the indictment, once DePape was restrained, officers secured a roll of tape, white rope, a second hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves, and zip ties from the crime scene, where officers also observed a broken glass door to the back porch.