54-year-old Thomas Webster a retired NYPD officer and Marine was found GUILTY of assaulting a Washington, DC, police during the January 6th. Terrorist Attack on the Capitol where he was described as being: “like a junkyard dog, teeth bared, fists clenched.”
Via the Associated Press:
Webster, 56, testified that he was trying to protect himself from a “rogue cop” who punched him in the face. He also accused the Metropolitan Police Department officer, Noah Rathbun, of instigating the confrontation. Webster drove alone to Washington, D.C., from his home near Goshen, New York, on the eve of the Jan.6 “Stop the Steal” rally. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a U.S. Marine Corps flag on a metal pole when he approached the Capitol, after listening to Trump address thousands of supporters. Rathbun’s body camera captured Webster shouting profanities and insults before they made any physical contact. Webster said he was attending his first political protest as a civilian and expressing his free speech rights when he yelled at officers behind a row of bike racks.
BREAKING: An NYPD veteran has become the first person convicted of assaulting a police officer during the U.S. Capitol riot. A federal jury rejected Thomas Webster’s claim that he acted in self defense when he tackled the officer and grabbed his gas mask. https://t.co/nH1T3wdX98— The Associated Press (@AP) May 2, 2022
Jurors deliberated for about 2 hours this morning before coming to their verdict. The stakes for Thomas Webster here are high. He’s charged with multiple felonies with dangerous weapon enhancements. https://t.co/XXKKnvHl15— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) May 2, 2022