A federal jury needed two hours of deliberations Monday before convicting former NYPD officer Thomas Webster of assaulting D.C. officer Noah Rathbun during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Webster, who was caught on video swinging a flagpole at Rathbun before tackling him to the ground at the Capitol, faces up to 20 years in prison when he is convicted. He had claimed self-defense, claiming that Rathbun instigated his violent response.
The former member of ex-New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg security detail becomes the fourth person convicted in Jan. 6-related trials prosecuted by Justice Department. He was convicted on five other related charges as well.