An Arkansas man who authorities say used an American flag to beat a police officer during the attack on the U.S. Capitol has been indicted on assault and other federal charges.
The indictment was unsealed Wednesday in Washington, D.C., against 41-year-old Peter Francis Stager.
It accuses him of using a “deadly or dangerous weapon,” a flagpole, to “forcibly assault, resist, impose, impede, intimidate and interfere with an officer.”
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A video of the Jan. 6 melee appears to show Stager attacking a Washington police officer with the flagpole. Two of the charges carry maximum prison terms of 20 years.
At at a hearing last month, Stager's wife, mother-in-law and boss testified they had not seen violent behavior from him before.