D.C. Police Officer shares disturbing voicemail he received while testifying in front of 1/6 Select Committee Tuesday

Fresh off of delivering testimony at the first House committee hearing to investigate the January 6th Capitol insurrection, D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone was on Don Lemon Tonight Tuesday, where he shared a disturbing voicemail that he received from a stranger while he was testifying. And that voicemail came with a serious warning from host Don Lemon.

“It includes some incredibly offensive language, but we think people need to hear the kind of attacks that these officers are facing right now,” Lemon said. “Just for telling the truth about January 6th. Play it.”

The near-minute long voicemail, which you can hear in the clip below, is filled with expletives and offensive language directed at Fanone and other police officers.

DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone joins @donlemon in the studio tonight after his testimony to the Select Committee investigating January 6th.

Hear the shocking voicemail he received during his testimony – and a warning – the language is graphic. Listen: pic.twitter.com/U9AqFamzzr

— Don Lemon Tonight (@DonLemonTonight) July 28, 2021

Fanone, who said this is not the first time people have expressed similar opinions to him, is actually a plainclothes narcotics officer who put on a uniform for the first time in nearly ten years to respond to the calls for help on January 6th. He testified Tuesday that during the insurrection he was tased, beaten, and put at risk of being stripped of and killed with his own firearm. And he told Lemon that he suffered a traumatic brain injury, heart attack, concussion, and was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

Recently some Republicans have claimed that there was no armed insurrection, with Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson even calling it a "peaceful protest." It’s a stance that Fanone called “disgraceful” during his testimony Tuesday, and why he said a voicemail like this can and does happen.

“I remember my first reaction immediately after listening to that phone call,” Fanone said. “This is what happens to people that tell the truth in Trump's America.”

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