An ex-NYPD officer accused of assaulting Capitol police
An ex-Marine and veteran of the NYPD who once served on Mayor Bloomberg’s security detail, Thomas Webster is facing decades in prison for alleged assault that, according to the Department of Justice, should “shock the conscience.”
In one video, a man that prosecutors identified as Webster is seen cursing at Capitol officers, before repeatedly swinging a metal flagpole at them. He then charges at one of the officers, attempting to rip off his helmet while choking the officer with his own chin strap, according to testimony from the officer included in the criminal complaint.
Unlike the majority of alleged rioters, Webster was not granted bail. He spent four months in jail, earning mocking headlines after his attorney complained that he was being held alongside defendants accused of “inner-city crimes.”
In June, Judge Amit Mehta, a federal judge for the Washington D.C. district court, described footage of Webster’s alleged attack as “some of the worst behavior, some of the most horrific conduct someone has engaged in.” Nevertheless, she agreed to his release, permitting him to await trial under house arrest from his home in Orange County, New York.
Webster faces seven federal charges, including felony assault of an officer with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Court filings submitted last month show that Webster intends to plead not guilty, arguing he was a victim of “excessive force” by police prior to the alleged criminal act.
Last month, a Florida man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a Capitol police officer with a wooden plank and fire extinguisher received a 63-month prison sentence, the most severe sentencing of any January 6th defendant so far.
Webster is scheduled to begin a jury trial on April 4th, 2022. His attorney, James Monroe, did not respond to a request for comment.
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