Feb 23, 2021
Retired NYPD officer charged in attacking police during Capitol riots
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A retired New York Police Department officer has been arrested and charged in attacking a Metropolitan Police Department officer in D.C. during the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Thomas Webster, 54, was voluntarily taken into custody in New York on Monday, the Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday, the same day Webster was ordered detained after an initial court hearing.
The former Marine is facing five charges that include assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers with a deadly or dangerous weapon and obstructing law enforcement during civil disorder.
Body camera footage shows Webster approaching an MPD officer who is barricaded behind a metal gate outside of the Capitol building. Webster can be seen carrying a large metal flagpole with a U.S. Marine Corps flag attached to it, according to an affidavit.
After berating the officer, Webster aggressively shoves the gate into the officer’s body and then takes the flagpole and strikes the barricade before attempting to attack the officer by lunging toward him, striking at him numerous times with the flagpole.
After breaking through the barricade, Webster charges toward the officer with clench fists. Webster ultimately lunges to the ground an attacks the officer.
Additional footage posted to Twitter shows Webster pinning the officer to the ground and straddling him as he tries to remove the officer’s shield and gas mask. The officer couldn’t breathe during the attack because he was being choked by his chinstrap, according to the affidavit.
Another video posted to YouTube shows Webster on the upper West Terrace of the Capitol. Thirty-seconds in, Webster says “send more patriots, we need some help,” and is seen wearing a dark blue or black body armor vest.
Federal authorities have been aggressively tracking down hundreds of people who were involved in the deadly riots on Jan. 6. Webster’s arrest is the latest in a string of current and former police officers being charged in connection with the deadly Jan. 6 riots.Tags New York Police Department U.S. Marine Corps New York Capitol breach Capitol riot
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New York : Son who killed his mother with a machete in Queens is a former NYPD cop fired
New York :
Police found a machete at the scene after discovering the body of María Díaz (78) with a laceration to the back of her head in her apartment on Hillside Avenue, Wednesday night.
His 45-year-old son, who has been in demand ever since, worked more than 12 years ago as a police officer in the Midtown North Precinct, at 54th West St in Manhattan. A NYPD spokeswoman confirmed that was hired in July 2005 and fired in January 2008, detailed New York Post, without giving more details.
According to Christian Diaz, his brother would have committed the crime because he is suffering from a mental illness, declared to Daily News, making a desperate plea for compassion. For him, the government’s failed efforts to help the mentally ill are to blame for his mother’s death. “He loves his family”, he claimed.
On Wednesday, Mrs. María’s daughter called around 7:50 p.m. to request a wellness check at his home at 218-44 Hillside Avenue. When officers arrived at the second floor apartment, they found the victim lying down in his room, unconscious and with an open wound on his head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the moment Díaz is still at large. He was described as a man who was 5 feet 10 inches tall and 180 pounds in weight. The police released his photo, offering a $ 2,500 reward for information on his whereabouts.
Who has information should call at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also via the crimestoppers.nypdonline.org page or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.
The brother of a mentally-ill Queens man wanted for questioning in his mother’s machete death issued a desperate plea for sympathy.
“Although I believe my brother did it… my brother has been suffering from mental illness…,” Christian Diaz says.https: //t.co/SMkv4dUark
– New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 26, 2021