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Indictment: Arkansas man assaulted DC officer with flagpole

It accuses him of using a “deadly or dangerous weapon,” a flagpole, to “forcibly assault, resist, impose, impede, intimidate and interfere with an officer.”

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — 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.”

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.

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