A retired New York Police Department officer was arrested and charged with attacking a Metropolitan Police Department officer in DC during the January 6 riots in the United States Capitol.
Thomas Webster, 54, was voluntarily detained in New York on Monday, the Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday, the same day Webster’s arrest was ordered after an initial court hearing.
The former Marine faces five charges that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers with a deadly or dangerous weapon and obstructing law enforcement during a civil disorder.
Body camera footage shows Webster approaching an MPD officer who is barricaded behind a metal door outside the Capitol building. Webster can be seen carrying a large metal flagpole with a U.S. Marine Corps flag attached, according to an affidavit.
After reprimanding the officer, Webster aggressively pushes the door into the officer’s body and then grabs the flagpole and hits the barricade before attempting to do so. attack the officer by throwing himself at him, hitting him several times with the flagpole.
After breaking through the barricade, Webster charges towards the officer with clenched fists. Webster finally throws himself to the ground and attacks the officer.
Additional images posted to Twitter show Webster pinning the officer to the ground and straddling him as he attempts to remove the officer’s shield and gas mask. The officer was unable to breathe during the attack because he was choking him with the chin strap, according to the affidavit.
Another video posted on YouTube shows Webster on top of the Capitol’s West Terrace. Thirty seconds later, Webster says “send more patriots, we need help” and is seen wearing a dark blue or black armored vest.
Federal authorities have been aggressively tracking hundreds of people who were involved in the deadly riots on January 6. Webster’s arrest is the latest in a string of current and former police officers charged in connection with the deadly riots on January 6.