New body-worn camera footage from the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol shows a New Jersey gym owner screaming at officers outside the government building before shoving one and subsequently punching the cop.
In video released by the Department of Justice on Friday, Scott Fairlamb, of Stockholm in Hardyston Township, Sussex County, can be seen on video assaulting a federal law enforcement officer.
Authorities had previously attached photos in charging documents of Fairlamb attacking the officer on the West Front of the Capitol, but the recently released video is the most extensive version showing an enraged Fairlamb punching the officer in the face.
“Are you an American? Act like a f—— one!” Fairlamb can be heard shouting, according to the video. … “You guys have no idea what the f— you’re doing!”
As he moves down the line of officers, Fairlamb, a former mixed martial arts fighter, can been seen shoving one of the officers. The officer puts his hand out in front of Fairlamb, who then punches the officer in the face. The officer was wearing a helmet and did not seek medical attention, authorities said.
News media outlets sued the DOJ to get the footage released, according to CNN. The DOJ released four video clips Friday that it has used to charge Fairlamb, including footage from a police body-worn camera, bystander video, and two clips that Fairlamb uploaded to Facebook and Instagram while on the Capitol grounds.
In the Facebook video, Fairlamb could be heard saying, “What (do) Patriots do? We f—-n’ disarm them and then we storm the f—-n’ Capitol,” according to the charging documents.
Fairlamb has been indicted on charges of assaulting a federal officer and acts of physical violence on the Capitol grounds.
“A rushed judgement based solely on viewing of one moment captured in time can often lead to false conclusions,” said Harley Breite, Fairlamb’s attorney. “…It doesn’t tell you the whole story or what precipitated that alleged incident.”
Fairlamb, whose brother was previously a secret service officer assigned to protect Michelle Obama, also faces additional charges for his role in the attack on the Capitol in January.
After being initially arrested in January, Fairlamb, 44, was indicted on 12 charges in March, including entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds with a deadly weapon, obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, among other charges.
The Pompton Lakes gym owner has pleaded not guilty to all charges. He has remained detained pending the outcome of his criminal case after a judge found him to be a danger to the community if released.
In addition to allegedly assaulting an officer, authorities said they have evidence showing Fairlamb was one of the first ones to breach the Capitol and that he can been seen carrying a baton around Capitol grounds and standing on scaffolding outside the building.
Authorities have painted Fairlamb as a violent actor who “appears to subscribe to the QAnon conspiracy theory” and “traveled to the Capitol prepared to commit violence, and that he has no remorse to the events that occurred,” according to a memo filed when seeking Fairlamb be detained.
Authorities said he messaged a person on social media after storming the Capitol and said, “I’d go again.”