A former NYPD cop who was arrested for allegedly beating a police officer with a pole at the Jan. 6 Capitol riots is stunned that he’s detained among people charged with “inner-city” crimes.
The lawyer for Thomas Webster, 54, a 20-year NYPD veteran who was once assigned to guard City Hall and Gracie Mansion, said his client is being detained in a “dormitory setting,” according to Washington Post reporter Rachel Weiner.
“For a middle aged guy whose (sic) never been arrested before this has been a shock for him,” his lawyer said, according to Weiner.
Webster’s record as one of New York’s Finest is “sparkling” — which is how he ended up with the “lofty assignment of protecting the mayor,” the attorney said, Weiner said in a tweet.
“(He’s not in D.C., where riot detainees are in a separate wing, causing friction on both sides — like others arrested elsewhere he’s been moved around the country on the way to D.C.),” she added.
“If he won’t be released he wants him moved back to jail in upstate New York,” Weiner wrote about the lawyer.
Webster, who retired from the NYPD in 2011, turned himself into the FBI in Hudson Valley in February and made an initial court appearance in White Plains federal court.
At the hearing, Assistant US Attorney Ben Gianforti said Webster was captured on video beating a Metropolitan Police officer with a flag pole during the uprising at the Capitol building.
Webster, who was seething with rage, was calling the police officer a “f—king piece of s—t” and a “Commie motherf—ker,” the prosecutor said.
“These videos shock the conscience,” Gianforti said, alleging that Webster went “after that cop like a junkyard dog — teeth clenched and fists clenched,” Newsweek reported.
Judge Andrew Krause ordered the former cop to remain behind bars pending his trial, saying he believed Webster would pose a threat to the community if he was released.
His defense attorney argued the veteran voluntarily turned over his weapons before his arrest — and said he traveled to the Capitol that day to participate in the Trump rally.
Five people, including a Capitol Police officer, were killed on Jan. 6, when throngs of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
During his years in the department, Webster was assigned to a uniformed detail that protected both City Hall and the mayor’s residence at Gracie Mansion, a police source said.
Webster faces a slew of charges for his role in the riot, including assaulting, resisting or impeding officers with a deadly or dangerous weapon, according to court papers.