A San Francisco court has released the shocking police bodycam footage showing the moment that Paul Pelosi was violently assaulted with a hammer in his home in October.
Paul, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s husband, was asleep at the couple’s San Francisco home in the early hours of October 28 when 42-year-old David DePape broke in and beat him with a hammer, prosecutors allege.
The video shows two police officers arriving at the Pelosi’s home, knocking on the door and waiting around 20 seconds before it is answered.
Paul, in a pajama top and boxer shorts, answers the door as DePape and the former speaker’s husband both vying for control of a hammer. Both are holding the weapon with their right hands.
An officer asks, ‘What’s going on man?’ There is an inaudible response from someone inside the house.
The officer says, ‘Drop the hammer.’ Then, Paul attempts to twist the hammer out of DePape’s hand, when the suspect gets back control of the weapon, he begins to strike multiple times.
The two police officers rush in and tackle DePape, shouting, ‘Give me your f*****g hands.’ Eventually, they restrain the attacker as Paul Pelosi lies prone on the floor.
In the aftermath of the attack, Paul Pelosi required surgery on a skull fracture in two places and was treated for serious injuries to his right arm and hands.
The release comes following Judge Stephen M. Murphy’s order on Wednesday which ruled that there was no legal reason to keep the footage private, against prosecutors wishes.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill earlier this week, Pelosi said that she would find if ‘very difficult’ to watch the footage of the attack.
The California Democrat said, ‘I mean, it would be a very hard thing to see an assault on my husband’s life.’
Paul Pelosi, Nancy Pelosi’s husband, was asleep at the couple’s San Francisco home on Oct. 28 when 42-year-old David DePape broke in and beat him with a hammer, prosecutors allege
David DePape has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from the October assault
Media requests for access to the material had been denied by the district attorney’s office thus adding to the wealth of conspiracy theories and false information spread about the attack in the run-up to the 2022 midterm elections.
The released material is expected to included police bodycam video, 911 calls and surveillance video from the home.
DePape is alleged to have been targeting Nancy Pelosi, who not at home, in his attack, prosecutors say he planned to ‘interrogate’ her and to break her knee caps if he felt he was being lied to.
Reporters were able to pick up copies of the video and audio at the clerks at the Hall of Justice alongside a criminal records request form and a payment of $25.
Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill earlier this week, Pelosi said that she would find if ‘very difficult’ to watch the footage of the attack
Aerial footage showed broken panes and shattered glass at the backdoor of Pelosi’s home
FBI agents work outside the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi where her husband Paul Pelosi was ‘violently assaulted’ after a break-in at their house. Pictured October 28, 2022
A view of the home of Nancy and Paul Pelosi in San Francisco following October’s attack
The video and audio has already been played in open court during a preliminary hearing against DePape in December.
In that hearing, prosecutors played portions of Paul Pelosi’s 911 call plus footage from Capitol police surveillance cameras, body cameras worn by the two police officers who arrived at the house, and video from DePape’s interview with police.
San Francisco-based attorney Thomas Burke disagreed with the earlier decisions not to release the video and audio.
He told the Associated Press, ‘You don’t eliminate the public right of access just because of concerns about conspiracy theories.’
When asked about her husband’s prognosis on Thursday, Nancy Pelosi told reporters: ‘It’s one day at a time. He’s made some progress but it will be three more months, I think, before he’s back to normal.’
Last week, the couple’s daughter, Alexandra revealed in an interview that her mother held exorcisms at the family’s home over Thanksgiving in the wake of the attack in an attempt to rid the home of evil spirits.
DePape pleaded not guilty last month to six charges, including attempted murder. Police have said DePape told them there was ‘evil in Washington’ and he wanted to harm Nancy Pelosi because she was second in line to the presidency.
His case is pending.
Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives after the midterm elections. Republicans elected California Republican U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the new speaker. Pelosi will remain in Congress, but she stepped down as Democratic leader. She was replaced by Hakeem Jeffries from New York.