Former NYPD officer convicted of assaulting police during Capitol riot on Jan. 6

Washington – A Marine Corps veteran who also served on the protective details of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was found guilty of assaulting law enforcement outside the U.S. capital on January 6, 2021 and other offenses.

In the weeks following the Capitol attack, Thomas Webster turned himself into an FBI field office in New York. He was arrested and charged, and a substitute indictment was filed late last year, accusing him of several counts, including violence and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. A jury in Washington, DC, convicted him of all charges, including assaulting a police officer, on Monday after only a few hours of deliberation, WUSA’s Jordan Fischer reported.

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Thomas Webster, at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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The federal lawsuit, which spanned nearly four days of altercation and testimony, depended on conflicting reports of an altercation between Webster and Washington, DC, police officer Noah Rathbun outside the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

Prosecutors said Webster the morning after the attack, with a large metal flagpole with a red US Marine Corps flag affixed, appeared in front of the crowd of Trump supporters gathered at the law enforcement area to protect lawmakers inside. The Capitol building. After crossing into a restricted area, the government claimed that Webster shouted at one of the officers, “Your damn shit. Your damn Commie mothers, man.” He then allegedly used the flagpole against the officer and swung over the police line.

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FILE: Thomas Webster, with his hands on the face of the Capitol Police, January 6, 2021.

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The government accused Webster of tackling Rathbun to the ground, pushing against his gas mask and eventually attaching the officer to the group, attacks captured on police bodycam and open source videos.

“He threw me to the ground,” Rathbun told the jury last week, testifying that he “struggled to breathe.”

“I did not provoke this meeting,” the officer said.

But Webster’s description of the incident was very different – he claimed he was the victim of a “rogue” police officer who “hit” him in the face, a claim Rathbun flatly rejected.

Webster’s lawyers used much of the same videos that prosecutors used in an attempt to claim that their client acted in self-defense on January 6, claiming that “excessive force was used against him” by the officer “before any action or claim “which Webster had for. is charged.

Officer Rathbun testified that he pushed Webster in the face “unintentionally” and with an open hand after Webster tried to break the bike racks that blocked the Capitol area.

Webster testified in his own defense last week, telling the jury he saw women and children injured in the Capitol area and said he was frustrated with police treatment of protesters.

“I just saw people get hurt,” he said, adding that he decided not to enter the Capitol because he knew it was a protected area.

Then, at the police line on the Capitol’s West Front, Webster claimed that the officer egged on him with hand gestures, a claim Rathbun also denied.

“He’s starting to push for me,” the defendant said, “he really wanted to fight me.”

It was then that Webster testified that the officer hit his head “like a freight train”, another allegation that the officer, the prosecutors and the video camera disputed. He was under attack, Webster claimed, and when the two officers, one current and one former, tumbled to the ground, Webster said he pressed Rathbun’s gas mask not to harm him, but to defend himself.

However, the jury only took hours to conclude otherwise, and convicted Webster on all counts, including assault on Rathbun.

Judge Amit Mehta, who oversaw the case, will allow Webster to remain in 24-hour home detention with ankle surveillance until the Sept. 2 sentencing. He risks decades in prison.

Webster is the first defendant on Jan. 6 to be charged with assaulting officers going to court. According to the Justice Department, at least 250 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting or obstructing officers or employees, and eight have pleaded guilty.

Outside court on Monday, Webster’s defense attorney told reporters he believed his legal team had argued the case, saying a potential appeal is “in the cards.”

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