Peter Francis Stager was arrested this week after being identified as a Capitol rioter who beat a Metropolitan Police officer with an American flagpole, according to The Daily Beast.
“Prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint that members of the MAGA mob who stormed the building last Wednesday grabbed the officer, dragged him down a flight of stairs, and forced him into a ‘prone position,’ before ‘forcibly and repeatedly’ hitting him in the head and body with ‘various objects,'” reported Pilar Melendez.
“Video footage of the violent attack shows Stager with a large group on the stairs of the Capitol building and holding a flagpole,” said the report. “Another video shows Stager hit the officer while he ‘remained prone on the steps’ of the government building. The FBI said they learned of Stager’s identity from a confidential informant who saw the videos on social media.”
Horrific new video obtained by CNN shows a MAGA rioter (in white hat and backpack) grab a DC Metro officer and pull him down Capitol steps where he is stomped and beaten with an American flag pole.
At one point they sing the Star Spangled Banner pic.twitter.com/XXJMxanGXp
— Bill Weir (@BillWeirCNN) January 10, 2021
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) January 11, 2021
According to the report, Stager is defending his attack by claiming that he thought the officer was part of “antifa,” despite the officer clearly being in uniform.
Regardless, brutally assaulting someone with a flag pole is a crime.