Rod as a weapon – Capitol storm: ten years in prison for ex-police officer


A New York man has been sentenced to the longest prison term to date for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack. Former NYPD police officer Thomas Webster was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison, according to US media in Washington. , for attacking a guard. The video shown during the trial showed the 56-year-old attacking a Capitol police officer with a flagpole and ripping the gas mask off his face.

He had already been found guilty of all six charges in May. The perpetrator claimed to have acted in self-defense.

On January 6, 2021, supporters of then-US President Donald Trump violently stormed the seat of parliament in the capital Washington. Congress met there to confirm the victory of Trump Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the previous presidential election. Five people, including a police officer, were killed in the riots. Trump had recently incited his supporters at a rally by claiming his election victory had been stolen. More than 850 people have been arrested in connection with the storm at the Capitol since January 6, according to the US Department of Justice.

Source: Krone


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