Serial Child Rapist Cops Get NO JAIL, As Jan. 6 Cop Gets 10 Years for Swinging a Flagpole
In the land of the free, swinging a flagpole at a cop will net you more jail time than repeatedly raping innocent children.
On Thursday, yet another example was made out of a January 6th rioter as Thomas Webster — an NYPD cop and former Marine — was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Webster has received the longest sentence to date of any of the other folks who got duped by Trump into “storming” the Capitol.
Judge Amit P. Mehta of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia told Webster on Thursday, according to the NY Times, “I think you were caught up in a moment, and as you well know, even being caught up in a moment has consequences.”
Webster pleaded guilty to the charge of felony assault as well as resisting or impeding an officer using a dangerous weapon; civil disorder; entering and remaining in restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon; engaging in physical violence in restricted grounds with a dangerous weapon; and engaging in an act of physical violence on Capitol grounds.
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The judge added an extra 30 months to his sentence because he was wearing body armor.
Video showed Webster swing a flagpole at D.C. Metropolitan Police Department officer Noah Rathbun. Webster also engaged in a physical altercation with Rathbun and attempted to remove his gas mask. Video shows that Rathbun hit Webster’s face while trying to push him away and Webster claimed this justified his actions as self-defense.
Clearly the judge did not buy it.
Prosecutors were pushing for the maximum 17-year sentence but were only able to get 10.
While Webster certainly deserves to be held accountable for his actions that day, the length of his time behind bars — compared to cops who have killed innocent people — speaks volumes. One cannot help but think that this is an exceedingly punitive measure to make a political example out of those who entered the Capitol that day.
If we compare it with recent cases of cops who actually caused grave harm to innocent children and received no punishment, it’s hard to see that Webster’s case was not politically motivated.
In the land of the free, swinging a flagpole at a cop and engaging in a physical altercation outside the Capitol, will net you more jail time than repeatedly raping innocent children.
Brian O. Beck, 47, formerly of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office in Tennessee was suspended without pay in June 2018 after allegations came to light that he repeatedly raped a 14-year-old child beginning in 2016 and lasting for over 20 months. He was subsequently charged with two counts of rape by force or coercion and two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.
For years, his victim sought justice. Last year, after becoming frustrated, her father spoke out about the lack of trial as his daughter’s alleged rapist remained free.
“It’s five years,” said the victim’s father, speaking anonymously to Action 5 News. “I mean, she needs closure.”
“I mean, there are damages, you know, major damages and unhappiness,” the father said. “She just needs some closure. She just needs to see movement of the ball, that’s what she needs to see.”
It would take 8 more months for the family to find out that Beck would take a plea deal and avoid a trial all together — giving her no such closure.
Beck would have been facing up to 90 years in prison had he been convicted of the four counts upon which he was initially indicted by the grand jury. But without a trial, he cannot be found guilty.
Instead of facing the consequences for the aforementioned charges on which he was originally indicted, Beck was allowed to plea down to a single misdemeanor assault charge and was sentenced to four years in prison, all of which were suspended.
Beck will also not have to register as a sex offender, according to the court.
Last December, we reported on a similar case involving Byrnes Mill officer Ryan Shomaker.
Shomaker, 48, admitted to the abuse and pleaded guilty to second-degree sodomy, not once, but twice. On Dec 2 in Jefferson County, and on Nov. 22 in St. Louis County, Shomaker admitted to the crimes against this boy.
In Jefferson County, Shomaker was charged with first-degree statutory sodomy, an unclassified felony punishable by five years to life in prison, and in St. Louis County he was charged with two counts of sodomy. However, he was allowed to plea down to one count each of second-degree sodomy.
As the Leader reports, on Dec. 2, Jefferson County Div. 5 Circuit Judge Victor Melenbrink sentenced Shomaker to seven years in prison in the Jefferson County case, and St. Louis County Circuit Judge Joseph Dueker sentenced Shomaker to seven years in the St. Louis County case.
Despite these sentences, after the fact, Shomaker’s sentences were both suspended and this child rapist was given just 5 years probation.
Shomaker’s attorney called the lack of jail for the child rapist, “a fair outcome.”
Also, last September, TFTP reported on a similar travesty of justice when Benjamin Reinhart, a disgraced officer with Genesee County was “sentenced” as part of a plea deal, to just five years of probation. The Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team, or GHOST, caught the officer in April attempting to lure a child for sex. He was on duty at the time. He didn’t even have to register as a public sex offender.
Article posted with permission from Matt Agorist