On Monday, a jury found a former New York City cop guilty of assaulting a D.C. cop during the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Thomas Webster, a 56-year-old former New York City Police Department officer, was convicted guilty of all six counts of assault and civil disorder.
The jury started debating late Friday evening and reached a decision by Monday morning.
Who is Thomas Webster?
Webster attempted to persuade the jury that a D.C. cop started the fight. Webster’s lawyer said that he acted with “control,” and Webster testified that he grabbed the officer’s gas mask so that the officer could “see my hands.” When Webster tackled him and ripped off his gas mask, the D.C. officer said that he struggled to breathe.
Justice Department prosecutors told jurors they should use common sense.
“Do you believe the defendant’s version of what happened that day?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian P. Kelly asked during closing arguments on Friday.
“This case is about Thomas Webster’s rage,” Kelly said. Webster said that the D.C. officer instigated the attack “because he needs it to be true,” Kelly said.
Webster is the fourth defendant to face a jury trial since January 6, and the first to be charged with assault. All three defendants, Dustin Thompson, Thomas Robertson, and Guy Reffitt, had already been found guilty of all charges.
Nearly 800 people have been charged in relation to the attack on Jan. 6, and more than 250 have already pleaded guilty.
Hundreds more Capitol rioters have yet to be apprehended, according to the FBI, and the Biden administration is requesting millions in more resources to prosecute cases in the future.