NYPD Veteran Convicted Of Assaulting Officer In Capitol Riot

A 20-year NYPD veteran, Thomas Webster, was convicted of assaulting an officer during the January 6th capitol riots by a federal jury. Webster claimed he grabbed the officer’s mask and tackled in self defense.

According to AP News, “Jurors deliberated for less than three hours before they convicted Webster of all six counts in his indictment, including a charge that he assaulted Metropolitan Police Department officer Noah Rathbun with a dangerous weapon, a metal flagpole. The assault charge alone is punishable by up to 20 years in prison, although sentencing guidelines likely will recommend a significantly shorter prison term.”

“I guess we were all surprised that he would even make that defense argument,” said a juror who spoke on condition of anonymity. “There was no dissention among us at all. We unanimously agreed that there was no self-defense argument here at all.”

U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta is scheduled to sentence Webster on Sept. 2.

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