Thomas Webster, retired NYPD officer, and Republican committee Philip Grillo arrested for alleged roles in Capitol Riot

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NEW YORK (TBEN) – Congressional lawmakers questioned law enforcement about security failures during the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

It comes as we learn that more and more people in our area are now facing charges.

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As TBEN’s Dick Brennan reports, Thomas Webster, 54, is a former NYPD and Marine officer, but authorities say on January 6, during the Capitol Riot, he was “like a dump dog, the bare teeth, clenched fists ”.

Prosecutors say he “attacked a policeman with an aluminum pole and ripped off his protective gear and gas mask, causing the policeman to suffocate.”

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Extra Web: Read Court Documents Regarding Webster (.pdf)

Webster is being held without bail.

(credit: US Attorney’s Office)

Also in federal court Tuesday was Philip Grillo, 46, of Glen Oaks, Queens, a member of the Republican State Committee.

Extra Web: Read court documents regarding Grillo (.pdf)

During the riot, he was allegedly seen on video jump out of a broken window and cross the Capitol.

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Witnesses from his neighborhood notified the police.

He was identified in part by his St. Anne’s Council Knights of Columbus jacket.

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Authorities charged him with illegal entry and disorderly conduct, and with using threatening and abusive language.

In Washington, Capitol Hill security officials testified about what was wrong during the riot.

“I was just stunned,” said acting chief Robert Contee of the Metropolitan Police Department.

Contee said he couldn’t understand why he couldn’t get support from the National Guard.

“You know, I had officers that were there who were literally fighting for their lives,” Contee said.

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Former Capitol Building Police Chief Steven Sund said he was told on Jan. 4 that bringing in the National Guard would be a bad “optic,” but some deny it was a factor.

“Let me be clear, ‘optics’, as portrayed in the media, played no role in my decisions regarding the security of the Capitol,” former sergeant-at-arms said. of the Paul Irving House.

US Capitol Police now admit receiving a pre-attack FBI report describing online threats of an “impending war on Capitol Hill.”

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“The United States Capitol Police Department obtained this report. I’ve been made aware of this within the last 24 hours, ”said Sund.

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