Around three months after the attack on the husband of US top politician Nancy Pelosi, the US judiciary released the police video recordings. The video shows the assailant attacking 82-year-old Paul Pelosi with a hammer at the couple's home in San Francisco. In addition to the video, parts of the Pelosi emergency call were also made public on Friday. Several media had previously requested the release of the material.
Pelosi's husband was attacked and seriously injured just days before the US congressional elections in October. He required surgery after the attack for a fractured skull and serious injuries to his right arm and hands. The perpetrator was targeting the powerful Democrat Pelosi herself, but did not find her during the robbery. After the attack, right-wing conspiracy theories spread, and individual Republicans used the attack for mockery in the election campaign.
Brutal attack with a hammer
The video now shows Pelosi wrestling with the attacker for a hammer. He was able to snatch the hammer from the 82-year-old and brutally hit his victim with it. The police eventually intervene. You can see Pelosi lying motionless on the ground. The emergency services can ultimately overwhelm the attacker.
The man is accused of, among other things, attempted murder, burglary, abuse and deprivation of liberty of an elderly person and threatening an official. According to court documents, the man had intended to take Nancy Pelosi hostage and fracture her kneecaps. He reportedly wanted to force the Democrat into a wheelchair to show other members of Congress that their "actions have consequences," he is said to have told the police. Paul Pelosi was released from the hospital in early November and has since returned to the public eye.