The horrifying video of the assault against Paul Pelosi, 82, the husband of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), at their California home last autumn was unsealed by the San Francisco Superior Court on Friday.
The Pelosi residence’s door is shown opening in the body camera film, and an attacker—identified as David DePape by officials as well as Pelosi—who seems to be wearing only a T-shirt and underwear—stands at the entryway. The victim looks to be carrying a drink in his left hand and both of them appear to be engaged in a scuffle over a hammer.
The attacker puts his left hand on Mr. Pelosi’s right forearm while still keeping his right hand on the hammer as the cops start speaking to the men. The culprit is then ordered to “drop” the hammer.
Before snatching the hammer out of Pelosi’s right hand and swinging it ferociously in the direction of the 82-year-old, the culprit appears to mutter, “Nope.” The two then flee from the entryway, and the cops rush inside to confront the suspect right away.
As the cops tackle the attacker, Pelosi reappears in the frame and is seen lying lifeless on the ground. Then, an officer exclaims, “Give me your fucking hand!” while brandishing handcuffs.
Breitbart News claimed that Judge Stephen M. Murphy ordered the footage’s release on Wednesday, stating that there was no reason to keep it hidden from the public. At an initial hearing, the footage had already been seen.
On Friday, the 911 call made by Paul Pelosi was also made public. “This gentleman just entered my home and wants to wait here for my wife to return home,” the 82-year-old man says to the operator. He continues, saying he doesn’t know the man.
Pelosi said, “He’s telling me not to do anything,” before giving the dispatcher his address.
“This man is a… Later, he said to the operator, “He’s asking me to put the phone down and do what he says.”
Someone other than Pelosi answers the operator’s question about the intruder’s identity by saying, “It’s David,” and introduces himself as “a friend of theirs.”
Pelosi tells the operator once more that he does not know the individual.
“I have to stop talking to you because he says I’m being really leading, okay?” Pelosi said just before the call ended.
On allegations of “attempted murder, domestic burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false detention, as well as threatening the life or serious bodily injury to a public officer,” DePape filed a not-guilty plea in December, according to KABC.
Pelosi sustained injuries from the incident, including a fractured skull for which he received successful surgery. DePape allegedly claimed there was “evil in Washington” and that he planned to harm former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.