Jurors Weigh Former NYPD Officer's Claim of Self-Defense in Capitol Riot Trial

Federal prosecutors on Friday urged a jury to reject a retired New York City police officer’s argument that he was acting in self-defense when he swung a flagpole at police officers and tackled one of them during the U.S. Capitol riot.

Thomas Webster, a 20-year NYPD veteran, is the first Capitol riot defendant to be tried on an assault charge and the first to present a jury with a self-defense argument.

Jurors went home for the weekend about 30 minutes after getting the case. They’re due back Monday for deliberations.

During the trial’s closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kelly urged jurors to use their common sense and trust

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