SA police in Francisco released a body camera Footage of the moment Paul Pelosi was attacked by an assailant with a hammer at his home last October.
Pelosi, 82, was seen greeting responding officers at his front door while his left arm was held by suspect David DePape, who was carrying a gavel. Pelosi seemed calm at first when police opened the door. Officers directed DePape to hand over the gavel, but he replied, “Um, no,” and Pelosi then freed himself. At this point, the video shows DePape raising the hammer in the air and viciously hitting Pelosi on the head.
Police officers then quickly rushed over to restrain DePape and pinned him to the ground before radioing for paramedics and backup.
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Pelosi later underwent surgery to “repair a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands,” a rep for his wife said.
The bodycam footage was released in one installment along with a cryptic phone call made by Paul Pelosi to police during a brief bathroom break from DePape and Capitol security cameras of the burglary.
During the call to the police, Pelosi seemed unnerved by DePape’s burglary and seemed to analyze his words carefully.
“Here’s a gentleman just waiting for my wife to come back. Nancy Pelosi. He’s just waiting for her to come back, but she won’t be here for days, so I guess we’ll have to wait,” he said told a dispatcher.
When asked if he needed police, fire, or medical attention, Pelosi replied, “I don’t think so.” But DePape appeared to be monitoring parts of the conversation. On one occasion, DePape was heard telling the dispatcher that he was a family friend. Pelosi later ended the call, claiming that DePape told him he needed to stop speaking to the dispatcher.
Capitol Police surveillance showed that DePape placed some items on the outside of the home and then smashed in a back door with his hammer to break into the home.
Surveillance footage of DePape breaking into the Pelosi home was also released. Keep in mind that many right-wing conspiracy theorists have claimed the burglary was staged. pic.twitter.com/EuVcXmPM4O
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) January 27, 2023
The release of the footage was ordered by the San Francisco Superior Court earlier this week after a coalition of news outlets challenged the San Francisco prosecutor’s refusal to release the tranche over fears it could create misinformation.
In the early hours of October 28, 2022, DePape allegedly barged into the Pelosi home and asked, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” According to court records, he reportedly brought white zip ties with him when the burglary happened.
Meanwhile, his wife Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was out of town in Washington, DC during the attack.
DePape later confessed to the assault after he was arrested, police said. He has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges against him at both the federal and state levels. His lawyers refused to release the audio and video material, arguing that it could hurt his chances of a fair trial.
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Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that her husband is recovering “one day at a time” and indicated she has no plans to view the footage.
“He’s made some progress but I think it will be at least three months before he’s back to normal but prayers are very helpful,” Nancy Pelosi said, per CNN. “It would be very difficult to see my husband’s life attacked. But I do not know.”