Thomas Webster, retired New York cop, was charged with assaulting a Washington Metro police officer — with a flagpole — during Trump’s January 6 insurgency. Webster the Pig “did not dispute that he appeared in three separate videos of the attack recorded on Jan. 6.”
Webster the Pig, 54 years old, is married with three children (frightening thought, that).
Below I reprint the complete article of Webster’s arrest from The New York Times, February 23, 2021. I have italicized several choice paragraphs of The Times’ story in red font, for emphasis.
If you’re one of those fools who thinks The New York Times is “FAKE NEWS,” I’ll help you out with this one: you can read the FBI’s own criminal complaint against Webster for yourself HERE. It’s Case 1:21-mj-00244, Assign Date 02/19/2021. The photos alone make for very disturbing reading.
Retired N.Y.P.D. Officer Who Guarded City Hall Charged in Capitol Riot.
Thomas Webster turned himself in on charges that he assaulted a Washington police officer with a flagpole during the Jan. 6 attack on Congress.
Published Feb. 23, 2021 Updated Feb. 24, 2021, 12:27 a.m. ET
A retired New York police officer who once was part of the security detail at City Hall was charged on Tuesday with assaulting a police officer with a metal flagpole during the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The former officer, Thomas Webster, served in a New York Police Department unit that provided security for the mayor, Gracie Mansion and City Hall, according to a law enforcement official. He retired from the force in 2011.
Mr. Webster, 54, a former Marine, surrendered to the F.B.I. on Monday and was charged with six counts relating to the attack on an officer from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., and his participation in the violent attempt to stop Congress from certifying the presidential election results.
A federal prosecutor said there were videos of Mr. Webster attacking the Washington officer, first with a metal flagpole that earlier had flown a Marine Corps flag, and then with his bare hands.
According to court documents, after the officer wrestled the flagpole away from Mr. Webster, the former Marine tackled the officer, pinned him to the ground, straddled him and attempted to rip off his face shield and gas mask — an attack that left the officer unable to breathe.
“These videos shock the conscience,” the prosecutor, Benjamin A. Gianforti, said. He said Mr. Webster had shown an utter lack of compassion and had pursued the officer he attacked “like a junkyard dog.” The government did not immediately identify the officer.
Among the most serious of the charges Mr. Webster faces is forcible assault of an officer of the United States with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.
Appearing virtually before a federal magistrate judge in White Plains, N.Y., Mr. Webster did not dispute that he appeared in three separate videos of the attack recorded on Jan. 6.
Mr. Webster’s lawyer, James Monroe, said his client had traveled to the Capitol to engage in a lawful protest because he regarded the election as unfair. The lawyer said Mr. Webster had acted in self-defense after the officer punched him.
“He went there as an American citizen to protest, an event that was urged on by our former president — to protest an issue that Tom felt very strongly about,” he said. “That’s protecting the Constitution.”
Mr. Gianforti said that he had seen no evidence on the videos that Mr. Webster had been punched by the officer before the assault.
Mr. Webster, who is married with three children, owns a landscaping business in Florida, N.Y., about 65 miles from New York City, called Semper Fi Landscape and Design — named for the Marine Corps motto. He has never been arrested before.
He turned himself in nearly seven weeks after the riot at the Capitol and close to a month after the F.B.I. posted pictures of him online and said that it was seeking the public’s assistance in identifying him.
In court proceedings Tuesday, the judge, Andrew E. Krause, agreed with the prosecutor that the videos he had seen of Mr. Webster’s actions were shocking.
Judge Krause acknowledged that before Jan. 6, Mr. Webster had been a model citizen and said that he found it to be a difficult case. But he said that Mr. Webster’s “proud and impressive record” as a public servant made the video of his attack on the officer all the more upsetting.
From The Tumalo Lookout:
That final paragraph of The Times’ story says it all:
Judge Krause acknowledged that before Jan. 6, Mr. Webster had been a model citizen and said that he found it to be a difficult case. But he said that Mr. Webster’s “proud and impressive record” as a public servant made the video of his attack on the officer all the more upsetting.The New York Times, “Retired N.Y.P.D. Officer Who Guarded City Hall Charged in Capitol Riot.“
As if I could possibly, ever, believe the truth of those claims. Nope: what I fully believe is that his coworkers helped him get away with a whole lot of pig shit while he was wearing the badge.
Nor would it make the slightest difference to me if Webster really had been a “model citizen” with a “proud and impressive record” as a public servant.
This swine lost all entitlement to respect, compassion, or consideration of his past “accomplishments” when he participated in the insurrection.
And he further eroded the already-dismal reputation, trustworthiness, and respect for the entire profession of law enforcement.
That’s what I mean by “pig.”