Former officer gets the toughest punishment so far for storming the congress


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A former New York City police officer has received the harshest sentence yet in connection with the January 6, 2021 congressional storm.

This is what NBC News writes on Thursday evening Danish time.

The sentence is a total of ten years in prison.

It is given to ex-officer Thomas Webster. He was convicted of attacking a Washington DC police officer with a flagpole and tackling him to the ground.

In addition, Webster tried to tear off the officer’s gas mask.

Judge Amit Mehta, according to NBC News, calls Webster “the first aggressor” in the confrontation with the officer.

“What you did that day, I find it difficult to describe in words,” says the judge, according to the American media.

“I’m still shocked every time I see it (the video of the attack, ed.)”

It was January 6, 2021, that the US Congress in Washington DC was stormed by angry protesters.

They would have rejected the results of the November 2020 presidential election, in which Democrat Joe Biden beat Republican Donald Trump.

The protesters moved from the grounds of the White House up towards Congress after the outgoing President, Donald Trump, had given an incendiary speech. Here, Trump said, among other things, that they should take the country back.

A large number of protesters broke through the police cordons and stormed the congress building. Many officers were injured.

According to a New York Times article from August, hundreds of lawsuits are currently pending in US courts because of the storm against Congress.

Most face less serious charges.

But others have been charged with assaulting officers or damaging public property. Some hundreds are also charged with trying to stop Congress approving the election results.

Arrests are still being made, and prosecutors estimate, according to the US media, that around 2,000 people could end up being charged.

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