A former NYPD fighter accused of beating a police officer in the Capitol Riot is shocked that he is locked up with “downtown” criminals, according to his lawyer.
Thomas Webster, who retired after two decades with the New York Police Department, is unhappy with the “dormitory” where he is being held without bail on charges related to the January 6 insurgency, the Washington reporter reported. Post Rachel Weiner, citing Webster’s defense attorney. .
“For a middle-aged man who has never been arrested before, it came as a shock to him,” the lawyer reportedly explained.
Webster has been jailed since February on charges of assaulting a police officer. Federal prosecutors have said he attacked a cop with a metal pole during the insurgency and can be seen in a photo submitted with his indictment, apparently sticking his thumbs in the face of the officer.
Webster was denied bail by U.S. Magistrate Andrew Krause of the Southern District of New York, who determined he was a “danger to the community” – even though his lawyer argued he was a ” committed family man ”with an impeccable character. He was simply responding to a call from then-President Donald Trump, his lawyer insisted, according to Law & Crime.
But a prosecutor then said the videos showed Webster “clear as day” with gritted teeth and an “air of pure rage” as he “attacked a policeman … like a” dump dog “.
Prior to his arrest, Webster had a “sparkling” record with the NYPD, the attorney argued, according to Weiner. If not released, Webster would like to be transferred to an upstate New York facility, the lawyer reportedly said.
Twitter critics made a few observations. Some noted that the term “downtown” was racist MAGA language for people of color. Few people had sympathy for Webster.
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