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A retired New York police officer is charged with participating in the United States Capitol riot last month for assaulting a Capitol officer.
Federal prosecutors said in court Tuesday that the man, Thomas Webster, was wearing a bulletproof vest and was ready for “armed conflict” during the Jan.6 attack on the federal building. Prosecutors said Webster attacked a Capitol Hill police officer with a flagpole adorned with a Marine Corps flag and pulled down his mask, suffocating him.
Retired NYPD cop charged in Capitol riot, accused of attacking officer with flagpole
Prosecutors said Thomas Webster attacked a Capitol Police officer with a flagpole that was flying a Marine Corps flag.https://t.co/VfixRv7kQy
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Webster is accused of calling the agent “motherf-comie —–” who followed him a “garbage dog,” prosecutors said Tuesday.
Webster is charged with assaulting officers with a deadly weapon, resisting or interfering, obstructing law enforcement, knowingly entering a restricted building or property without legitimate authority, disorderly and disrupting a restrictive building or terrain with conduct with a weapon, physical violence in a restrictive building or field, and forced entry and disorderly behavior in Capitol Park.
According to a police document, FBI investigators saw Webster both on the body camera video and on Twitter’s “open source media.” The open source footage appears to show Webster holding the officer to the ground as he sits on him and forcibly removes his face shield and gas mask, the document says.
James Monroe, Webster’s attorney, did not deny that his client was seen in the video evidence found by investigators. Webster went to the Capitol to protest, and he did so at the urging of President Donald Trump, Monroe argued.
Monroe asked the judge to release Webster, citing family ties and a lack of a criminal record. Webster was honorably discharged from the Marines and served 20 years in the New York Police Department, Monroe said.
As a police officer, law enforcement officers said Webster worked security for City Hall and the mayor’s Gracie Mansion official residence because he knew the investigation firsthand. He retired from law enforcement in 2011, police confirmed Tuesday.
Webster visited the FBI’s Hudson Valley office on Monday, NBC New York reported. He also turned over his firearms, weapons license and passport to the authorities.
Webster is among more than 200 people charged at Capitol Riot, some of whom have been identified as military veterans.