A retired NYPD cop who was convicted several felonies for attacking a D.C. cop with a flag pole during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 and then tackling the officer to the ground and attempting to rip off his gas mask, has been sentenced to 10 year in federal prison, NBC News reports.
Thomas Webster‘s sentence is the longest yet for a Jan. 6 case.
From NBC News:
Webster, 56, was convicted by a jury in May after they determined he was lying on the stand when he tried to convince them he was trying to help the officer he assaulted to “see my hands” when he grabbed the officer’s gas mask after he tackled him to the ground.
NEW: Justice Dept. just released horrifying new footage from 1/6. Feds say this is ex-NYPD officer Thomas Webster (red jacket) wielding a flagpole, rushing at police & tackling a cop to the ground. DOJ released this after legal action by CNN and other outlets. (warning: explicit) pic.twitter.com/yf7DQQFMWr
— Marshall Cohen (@MarshallCohen) June 17, 2021
During the sentencing, Judge Amit P. Mehta told Webster, “What you did that day, it is hard to really put into words. I still remain shocked every single time I see .
“Nothing can explain or justify Mr. Webster’s rage,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Hava Arin Levenson Mirell told the judge. “Webster is one of the rioters who should have known better.”
“No one knows better than a former cop how dangerous it was on Jan. 6,” the federal prosecutor said, saying that Webster’s service made his behavior “particularly heinous.”