Body camera recording of brutal attack on Representative Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, has been released, and the congresswoman has shared her thoughts on the disturbing video. Speaking to reporters on Capitol Hill on Friday, Pelosi said she “doesn’t intend to see the abuse of her husband.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked in the couple’s San Francisco home in October. A man, later identified as David DePape, with a hammer, broke into the home and Pelosi called the police. The congresswoman was in Washington, DC at the time.
When police arrived, their body cameras captured the attack on Paul Pelosi. On Friday, the bodycam footage was released, after San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stephen M. Murphy ruled there was no reason to keep it secret.
In the video, police knock on the front door, to which Pelosi answers with DePape standing next to him. Both hold the hammer, and after talking to the police for a few seconds, DePape swings it at Pelosi. The police officers attack DePape and arrest him.
In addition to the body camera footage, audio of the 911 call Pelosi made, security footage from cameras set up by Capitol Police outside the home and an interview with DePape conducted by a police officer were also released Friday.
The former speaker of the House has not heard the 911 call, or the “confession,” she told reporters Friday, apparently referring to the interview video. “I have not seen the burglary and I have absolutely no intention of seeing the deadly attack on my husband’s life,” she said.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi said her husband “is making progress, but it will take more time.” Paul Pelosi’s injuries included a skull fracture, which required surgery, and injuries to his arms and hands.
She told reporters she would not speak further about the case, except to thank people for their support and update them on the man’s progress.
Security footage taken outside the house shows the suspect peeking in from the yard, putting on gloves and using a hammer to break a window. Then he climbs through the window.
DePape allegedly intended to kidnap the longtime Democratic congressman and told officers he wanted to “break her kneecaps,” according to authorities.
Authorities also found ties in Pelosi’s bedroom and hallway near the house’s front door, “a roll of tape, white rope, a hammer, a pair of rubber and cloth gloves and a journal” in the suspect’s backpack.
DePape has pleaded not guilty to all six counts he faces.
The prosecutor played footage of the attack in open court last month during a preliminary hearing, and after several news agencies requested the public release of the footage played in court, Murphy ordered the release of the materials earlier this week.
San Francisco Deputy Chief Adam Lipson, who represents DePape, said he believed it was “a terrible mistake” to release the video and other evidence in the case.