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Ex-NYPD officer charged with using a flagpole to assault a cop during the US Capitol riot

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Summary List Placement A former member of the New York Police Department appeared in court Tuesday to face charges that he assaulted a police officer with a dangerous weapon during the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.
According to a criminal complaint, Thomas Webster, who was arrested Monday, was carrying a metal flagpole with a US Marine Corps flag on it when he began verbally harassing a member of the Metropolitan Police Department, declaring him a "commie" and a "piece of shit."
Then, prosecutors say, Webster shoved a metal gate into the man and then lunged at him, "striking at the...
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Ex-Security Officials Spread Blame for Failures of Capitol Riot

Ex-Security Officials Spread Blame for Failures of Capitol Riot

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Former Capitol security officials gave sometimes conflicting accounts in the first high-profile public hearing on the attack by a pro-Trump mob.
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The Depressing Whiplash of the Senate's Capitol Riot Hearing

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Law enforcement ably played the role of both problem and solution at Tuesday's Senate oversight hearing on the January 6 riot at the Capitol. “Was this an intelligence break down,” asked Senator Jacky Rosen from Nevada, “or a resource issue?” A litany of failures had already been offered: an FBI report that wasn't flagged well-enough, according to acting chief of the Metropolitan Police Department Robert Contee, or a lack of appropriate training, said former chief of Capitol Police Steven Sund, when faced with rioters who “came prepared for war.” As Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said...
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