A retired New York police officer faces charges for participating in the Capitol Riot last month, where he allegedly attacked a Capitol officer.
Thomas Webster appeared in court on Tuesday, where federal prosecutors claimed he was wearing a bulletproof vest and was ready for “armed conflict” during the Jan.6 attack on the federal building. Prosecutors alleged that Webster attacked a Capitol Hill police officer using a flag pole that sported a Marine Corps flag and also lowered the officer’s mask, causing him to suffocate.
Webster reportedly called the officer a “mother —–” and sued him like a “dump dog,” prosecutors argued in court Tuesday.
James Monroe, Webster’s attorney, did not deny his client was seen in video evidence found by investigators. Webster went to Capitol Hill to protest and went at the behest of former President Donald Trump, Monroe argued.
Monroe asked the judge to release Webster on bail, citing family ties and lack of criminal history. Webster was honorably released from the Marines and spent 20 years with the New York Police Department, his lawyer argued.
During his time as a police officer, Webster provided security for New York City Hall and the mayor’s official residence, the Gracie Mansion, according to law enforcement officials with knowledge direct investigation. He retired from the force in 2011, the NYPD confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday.
Webster visited the FBI office in the Hudson Valley on Monday, according to NBC New York. He also turned over his firearms, pistol license and passport to authorities.
Webster is among more than 200 people who have been indicted in the Capitol Riot, some of whom have been identified as military veterans.
Court documents with the exact charges against Webster were not immediately available on Tuesday. A spokesperson for the District of Columbia’s attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for further information from NBC News.