Now he's facing prison.
A retired NYPD cop turned on his brothers in blue at the U.S. Capitol riot, assaulting an officer who he called “a commie motherf----r,” prosecutors charged Tuesday.
Thomas Webster, who also served in the Marines, exploded in rage on Jan. 6, attacking the Metropolitan Police officer, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Gianforti said during a hearing in White Plains Federal Court.
“This is a man who was going to unleash some kind of violence ... He goes after that cop like a junkyard dog. Like I said, fists bared, teeth clenched,” Gianforti said, describing Webster as one of the most serious cases involving the riot that passed through the Westchester courthouse.
Webster, 54, was labeled by social media sleuths as the eye gouger due to photos showing him appear to poke his thumb into the eyeball of the uniformed cop. He’s accused of attacking the officer with an aluminum pole that held a Marine Corp flag. Video captured Webster tackling the cop once a protective barrier had been removed during the mayhem. They wrestled and he ripped off the cop’s protective gas mask and helmet, briefly choking him in the process, authorities said. “F--king piece of s--t, commie motherf----r!” Webster said to the cop in comments caught on video, according to prosecutors.
“This is a cop calling another cop that,” Gianforti said, adding that Webster also betrayed his oath as a Marine. A police source said Webster joined the NYPD in 1991 and retired in 2011 after working the security detail at City Hall and the mayor’s residence at Gracie Mansion.
The married father of three from Florida, N.Y., in Orange County now runs Semper Fi Landscaping. He faces as much as nine years if he chooses to go to trial — a minimum of roughly five years if he pleads guilty. His attorney, James Monroe, said Webster deserved bail, portraying him as a law abiding citizen — except for on Jan. 6.
“He went there to protest an event that was urged on by our former president,” Monroe said, alluding to President Donald Trump’s lies that the election was stolen for President Biden.