DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone was at the Capitol building during the deadly riots and is now describing the harrowing tale of what happened to him:
Thankfully there were some rioters who did help Fanone, which goes to show that the entire crowd of Trump supporters in the building weren’t there lusting to pillage and destroy everything, including Fanone’s life. But clearly some of them were and how they threatened and beat this officer was disgusting.
One man responsible for this can be seen in this video, using his flagpole to beat Fanone:
This was man who allegedly beat Fanone with an American flag as he was face down- after being dragged down cement steps by rioters – one of whom had a baton to Fanone’s neck pic.twitter.com/paIxlTbhLW
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) January 15, 2021
According to the New York Post, his name is Peter Stager and he’s been arrested and charged:
An Arkansas man who allegedly used a flagpole to beat a police officer during last week’s riots at the US Capitol has been charged by federal authorities, officials said.
Peter Francis Stager, 41, faces one count of obstructing a police officer from his duties during a civil disorder, according to a federal complaint filed Thursday in Washington, DC.
He was captured on video and photographs striking the prone DC Metropolitan Police officer after rioters dragged the cop down the Capitol’s west stairs, officials said.
Confidential informants had recognized the suspect and alerted authorities, officials said.
Federal and local law enforcement officers who arrived at Stager’s home in Conway, Arkansas, Thursday evening learned he was not at the residence, but found him at his attorney’s office, where he surrendered, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Stager was being held at the Pulaski County Detention Center and will have his first court appearance Friday.
The injured officer — identified as B.M. in the statement of facts – had been posted in an archway outside the Capitol, according to the statement of facts.
“From this archway, alongside other uniformed law enforcement officers, B.M. observed hundreds of individuals gathered outside,” FBI Special Agent Jason Coe wrote in the statement.
“Some of these individuals were throwing and swinging various objects at the group of law enforcement officers,” he wrote. “While standing in the archway to prevent the group of individuals from breaching the U.S. Capitol building, and while wearing his official MPD uniform, some of these individuals grabbed B.M. and dragged him down the stairs of the Capitol building.
“These individuals forced B.M. into a prone position on the stairs and proceeded to forcibly and repeatedly strike B.M. in the head and body with various objects,” Coe added.
I hope Stager ends up being charged with more than just ‘obstructing a police officer’. The dude beat him with his flag and, while a flag isn’t generally considered to be a deadly weapon, he should at least be charged with assaulting a police officer and threatening his life, as should the others who dragged him down the stairs and did the same.