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Veteran Convicted of Assaulting Police Officer in Capitol Attack

A veteran and former police officer was convicted in early May of assaulting a Capitol police officer during the January 6th attack on the Capitol.  

 

Thomas Webster, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years and in the New York Police Department for 20 years, is the fourth person a jury found guilty for the attack. The jury unanimously found Webster guilty of assaulting a police officer with a metal flagpole.

Capitol Attackers Didn’t Back the Blue

Turning the January 6th peaceful rally into a violent riot put police officers in danger. 

 

Webster wasn’t the only person to attack a police officer. Over 780 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the January 6th riot.

 

Attackers hit police with hockey sticks and baseball bats. They threw bike racks and metal barricades at police. One rioter even used the American flag to stab at a police officer. Some rioters carried Blue Lives Matter flags as they attacked and injured police officers.

 

The rioters who attacked the Capitol on January 6th injured over 100 police officers. 

Effects of January 6th:

  • One police officer was beaten so badly he died of a stroke

  • Police suffered brain injuries and smashed spinal discs

  • Four police officers committed suicide

  • One woman was trampled to death

  • One woman was shot and killed

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Police Attacker Claimed Self-Defense, Jury Found Him Guilty of Assault 

During his trial, Webster claimed his attack on Officer Noah Rathbun was self-defense. 

 

But body camera footage shows Webster yelling obscenities and slamming a bike rack into Officer Rathbun. Webster then swung a metal flagpole down at Officer Rathbun, ran at him, shoved him to the ground, and grabbed the officer by his gas mask. 

 

Officer Rathbun told the jury he started to choke when Webster grabbed the gas mask.

 

The jury saw through Webster’s story and found him guilty of assaulting a police officer. One juror said that Webster’s claim of self-defense “didn’t stack up.” Another juror said the entire jury agreed Webster’s actions were not in self-defense.

 
Over a Year and a Half After the January 6th Attack, Many Are Still Calling on Violence Against Our Nation's Security Personnel and Leaders
 

In August, Luis Miguel, a GOP candidate who ran to represent Florida’s 20th district in the Florida House of Representatives posted a Tweet encouraging the killing of federal agents. 

 

“Under my plan, all Floridians will be able to shoot FBI, IRS, ATF, and all other federal troops ON SIGHT! Let freedom ring!” he Tweeted in August, before ultimately losing his primary election. 

 

Another Republican candidate from Florida, Martin Hyde, who lost his primary for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, made statements threatening FBI agents. In a video posted to Youtube in August in response to the search of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, he said that FBI agents “would stop at nothing. I wish they’d turn up at my home ‘cause they’d have gone home in a body bag.” 

 

On August 23, a federal jury found Adam Fox and Barry Croft guilty of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020. They face a maximum sentence of life in prison for their conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer.

Coming Together

America is the shining city on a hill because of the resolve of the American people. Even when it’s hard, Americans come together to make the country great. 

 

On January 6th, Capitol rioters disgraced America’s highest ideals. The men and women who served in uniform who attacked the Capitol betrayed their solemn oath to protect America. Resorting to violence to attack democracy and assaulting police officers does not solve our nation’s problems. It only divides us. 

 

We must always Back the Blue and defend democracy.