Reuters Shannon Stapleton
On Tuesday, the American judiciary brought formal charges against the former New York police officer, Thomas Webster, of participating in the events of the congressional storming and attacking the security forces.
Webster appeared in court in White Plains Federal Court in New York State, where the prosecution showed a video clip showing the defendant assaulting a Capitol Police officer with a flagpole bearing the flag of the US Marines.
Prosecutors said they believed that Wester, a father of 3 and a former Marine and New York Police officer, was carrying a pistol while inside Congress headquarters on the day of the unrest.
ARRESTED: Thomas Webster AKA #EyeGouger is a retired NYPD Cop accused of attacking Capitol Police with a pipe and gouging out their eyes. Webster’s attorney, James Monroe, declined to comment Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/cwnADdlaqn
– Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) February 23, 2021
Marine Corps vet / retired NYPD officer arrested for Capitol attack on DC cop. Photos show Thomas Webster attacking the officer with part of a flagpole, and trying to rip off his face shield.
Webster to police: “You fucking Commie motherfuckers”
– Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) February 23, 2021
The judge issued a decision to arrest Webster as long as the investigation continues without the possibility of his release on bail because he may represent a threat to society.
On Monday, the defendant turned himself in to the FBI after announcing a wanted person, and he also handed over the pistol he had to security services.
On January 6, a group of supporters of former US President Donald Trump stormed the Congress headquarters while it was holding hearings to approve the results of the presidential election, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden, in an accident that killed 5 people.
Against the background of these developments, Democrats in the House of Representatives launched a second process to impeach Trump, but it did not succeed due to the position of members of the House of Representatives.