The video from last year’s hammer attack on Paul Pelosi was released to the public on Friday. The police bodycam video shows the husband of Nancy Pelosi in his San Francisco home being brutally attacked by a man with a hammer.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked with a hammer in the early hours of Oct. 28.
Suspect David DePape reportedly broke into the Pelosi home in the affluent neighborhood of Pacific Heights. He allegedly asked, “Where’s Nancy? Where’s Nancy?” At the time, the former speaker of the House was in Washington, D.C.
DePape purportedly detained Paul Pelosi. However, Pelosi was reportedly able to go to the bathroom, where his phone was charging, and he called 911.
Police dispatcher Heather Grives allegedly informed police officers that the reporting person of the incident at the Pelosi residence told her, “There is a male in the home and that he is going to wait for his wife. However, he stated that he doesn’t know who the male is but that his name is ‘David ‘and that he is a friend.”
At 2:27 a.m., police reportedly arrived at the Pelosi home for a “priority well-being check.”
The newly-released police bodycam footage shows two officers approach the Pelosi residence. An officer knocks on the front door. A few seconds later, the door opens. DePape and Pelosi are holding a hammer.
Pelosi, dressed in a button-down shirt and underwear, warmly greeted the officers, “Hey guys. How are ya?”
A police officer asked, “What’s going on man?”
DePape responded, “Everything’s good.”
Pelosi was seemingly smiling. He appeared to be holding a beverage in his left hand.
The officer instructed DePape to “drop the hammer,” but he replied, “Nope.”
Pelosi and DePape can be seen struggling over the hammer, then the suspect wrestled it away. Pelosi attempted to flee to another room, but the suspect lunged and violently swung the hammer at Pelosi.
Police officers jumped into action and a struggle ensued. The shaky video shows all of the men on the floor of the home.
Police attempted to detain the suspect while Pelosi was motionless on the ground.
As an officer was attempting to handcuff DePape, the cop shouted, “Give me your f***ing hand!”
Pelosi can be heard moaning in pain in the background.
WARNING: Graphic video
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stephen M. Murphy ordered the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office to release police body camera video, audio from police interviews with alleged attacker David DePape, 911 calls, home surveillance video, and other investigative material.
A coalition of news organizations requested the materials be released in the name of transparency. DePape’s lawyers argued that the release of the materials would “irreparably damage” his right to a fair trial.
DePape, 42, lived in a school bus in Berkeley, according to the New York Post. The bus sits in the yard of the home of his ex-lover – San Francisco pro-nudist activist Gypsy Taub. DePape was allegedly a hemp jewelry maker who grew up in British Columbia, Canada.
DePape was hit with state charges of attempted murder, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder, and threats against a public official and their family.
Federal prosecutors charged DePape with attempted kidnapping and assault with intent to retaliate against a federal official by threatening or injuring a family member.
DePape has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
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