Throughout the 911 name performed in courtroom, Paul Pelosi sounded comparatively calm as he spoke with a San Francisco dispatcher, who has been praised by native officers for recognizing that the speaker’s husband was in bother and that the decision warranted a quicker police response.
When the dispatcher asks if Pelosi wanted police, fireplace, or medical consideration, he responds, “Uh, I don’t suppose so. I don’t suppose so,” earlier than asking if the Capitol police have been accessible.
“They’re normally right here on the home defending my spouse,” Pelosi says.
Pelosi might be heard speaking to DePape within the recording, asking him, “What do you suppose?”
“Uh, he thinks every part’s good,” Pelosi tells the dispatcher. “I’ve acquired an issue, however he thinks every part’s good.”
The dispatcher then asks Pelosi if he is aware of who DePape is, however Pelosi says that he doesn’t earlier than including that the person was “telling me to not do something.” The dispatcher then will get Pelosi’s identify in addition to the handle of his house. Pelosi then says, “He’s telling me to place the telephone down and to only do what he says.”
“What’s the gentleman’s identify,” the dispatcher asks.
“My identify’s David,” DePape responds.
“And who’s David,” the dispatcher asks.
“I don’t know,” Pelosi says. Then DePape might be heard saying, “I’m a pal of theirs.”
All through the listening to, DePape, who was carrying orange pants and an orange crewneck sweatshirt, sat together with his lawyer, public defender Adam Lipson, as he listened to the testimony. When Officer Cagney recognized DePape as the person he stated he noticed lunge at Pelosi with a hammer and hanging him within the head, DePape blinked and nodded, leaning again in his chair.
Within the body-worn digicam footage, which was not seen to most members of the media and public within the courtroom, Cagney and his accomplice might be heard strolling as much as the Pelosis’ home in Pacific Heights after which knocking on the door. About ten seconds later, Paul Pelosi opens the door.
“Hello, how are you doing,” somebody says.
“What’s happening, man,” Cagney’s accomplice, Officer Kolby Wilmes, says. A second later, Wilmes says, “Drop the hammer.” “Um, nope,” DePape responds.
It was at that second when DePape began leaning backward to drag the hammer away from Pelosi, Cagney testified. Pelosi tried to step again to get away from DePape, the officer stated, however then DePape lunged at him and struck him within the head.
Cagney stated he then ran inside the home “as quick as [he] may” and tackled DePape. In the meantime, Pelosi was laying face down on the ground subsequent to a pool of blood and seemed to be unconscious. Within the physique digicam footage, Pelosi might be heard loud night breathing loudly because the officers detain DePape.
On the time of the assault, DePape had been dwelling in a storage in Richmond, a metropolis about 20 miles northeast of San Francisco. He was beforehand related to a bunch of Bay Space nude activists and photographed at demonstrations within the early 2010s. However lately, he had shared social media posts espousing debunked conspiracy theories about COVID vaccines, the 2020 presidential election, and the homicide of George Floyd. Two blogs that have been written by an individual named David DePape have been additionally crammed with racist, antisemitic, and different bigoted statements.
In his interview with Hurley, DePape stated he had deliberate to take Nancy Pelosi hostage and break her kneecaps if she lied, in keeping with the recording. He advised Hurley that he would give her the possibility to inform “the reality,” however that he didn’t count on her to.
“He wished to point out that if she, Nancy Pelosi, had wheeled herself into Congress in a wheelchair that he would relay that there have been penalties to their actions,” Hurley testified.
DePape additionally advised Hurley that Paul Pelosi was not his goal — “I even advised him that,” DePape stated, in keeping with the recording.
However after Pelosi known as the police, DePape stated he felt just like the Speaker’s husband gave him no alternative.
“He’s pushing me in a nook the place I’ve to do one thing,” he advised Hurley.
DePape stated he defined to Pelosi that he had “different targets,” and that he couldn’t be stopped.
“If I’ve to undergo him, I’ll,” DePape stated within the interview.
Later within the interview, Hurley requested, “Why did you hit him?”
“I advised him that I’m not going to give up,” DePape stated. “I’m right here for the struggle. … In case you cease me from going after individuals, you’ll take the punishment as a substitute.”