Fetterman fired a shotgun at an unarmed black jogger nearly a decade ago
Chuck Ross • November 8, 2022 3:30 p.m.
Senate candidate John Fetterman, who fired a shotgun at an unarmed black jogger nearly a decade ago, on Monday touted the endorsement of a former cop being sued for violating the civil rights of an attorney black in Washington, DC, in 2009.
Fetterman said he was “honoured” to receive the endorsement of Michael Fanone, a former police officer from Washington, D.C., injured in the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021. Fanone became a media darling following the breach of the Capitol for his blunt criticism of Republicans, he says, are responsible for the violation. In an outburst on MSNBC last week, he called Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake (R.) “shit” for questioning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Fetterman is touting last-minute approval as he tries to link Republican Mehmet Oz to the Jan. 6 riots. The Democrat falsely claimed last week that Oz had asked for a pardon for defendants charged in the riots. Fetterman also compared the insurgency to the September 11 attacks, in which Islamic terrorists killed 2,977 Americans.
Fanone might be a perfect fit for Fetterman, who, as mayor of Braddock, Pa., fired a shotgun at an unarmed black jogger he mistakenly suspected of shooting near his home. Fetterman admitted after the 2013 incident that he may have broken the law during the encounter, but he refused to apologize to the man.
Fanone’s racism-tinged incident came in 2009, when as a member of the Metropolitan Police Department he carried out an unlawful search of a black lawyer whom he wrongly suspected of having drugs or weapons.
Michael Maddox, an attorney at Howard University, the historically black university, alleged that Fanone and his partner accosted him when he was sending a work email on a street corner in Washington, the lawsuit alleges. , first reported by American greatness. Maddox said Fanone defended the search by saying they were in “a high crime area”. Maddox said he started recording the officers after the incident, at which point Fanone approached him and told him to “stop recording”. Maddox said Fanone then “assaulted” him to prevent him from recording their meeting.
In his lawsuit, Maddox said the District of Columbia had a long history of “malicious arrest, search, and detention of African-American men, which resulted in a violation of their constitutional rights.”
The District of Columbia settled the lawsuit with Maddox in 2014 for $175,000 in exchange for dropping Fanone and his partner as defendants in the case.
Since their respective incidents, Fetterman and Fanone have condemned the criminal justice system as inherently racist. In a memoir published this year, Fanone claimed that law enforcement “has played a significant role” in the “long history of racism” in the United States. Fetterman joined the Black Lives Matter cause in 2016. He campaigned with many activists who support the defund the police movement. He last week touted the endorsements of two celebrities, John Legend and Kerry Washington, who support the controversial cause.