Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Tuesday, September 26, 2023

NYPD Veteran Convicted in Capitol Riot Assault




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A former New York Police Department (NYPD) veteran was found guilty by a federal jury on Monday for assaulting an officer during the U.S. Capitol riot, Your Content has learned.

Thomas Webster, a 56-year-old with 20 years of service in the NYPD, became the first Capitol riot defendant to face trial on an assault charge and present a self-defense argument to a jury.

The jury ultimately rejected his claim, which stated that he acted in self-defense when he tackled the officer and took hold of his gas mask.

While several other rioters charged with similar offenses have either reached plea agreements or pleaded guilty, Webster’s case marked a significant milestone in the legal proceedings.

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Throughout the trial, Webster, who appeared in court wearing a face mask, displayed no apparent reaction as the jury found him guilty on all six counts levied against him.

Webster’s defense centered around his assertion that he was protecting himself from what he described as a “rogue cop” who had allegedly punched him in the face.

Additionally, he accused the Metropolitan PD officer of provoking the confrontation.

Despite his claims, the jury ultimately deemed Webster’s actions to be a criminal assault, delivering their verdict accordingly, according to The Washington Post.

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