US Capitol rioter who beat officer with flagpole sentenced

Posted on AllSides July 25th, 2023
From The Center
Justice, January 6, Capitol Riot
US Justice Department

An Arkansas man who used the pole of an American flag to batter a fallen police officer during the US Capitol attack has received a 52-month jail term.

Peter Francis Stager helped drag the officer down the steps of the Capitol, then "forcibly and repeatedly" struck him, say prosecutors.

He was also captured on video saying that "death is the only remedy" for the lawmakers inside the building.

Over 1,000 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol riot.

Stager, a 44-year-old truck driver from Conway, Arkansas, pleaded guilty...

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