Peter Stager Biography, Wiki
Peter Stager is an Arkansas man who is charged and accused of beating a Washington D.C. Metropolitan police officer with an American flagpole during the riots at the U.S. Capitol. A criminal complaint accuses him of saying he mistakenly thought the officer was a member of Antifa.
Peter Stager is 41-years-old.
Charged & Accused
Stager, 41, was charged in a criminal complaint in federal court. The vicious attack on the officer, which involved multiple people striking him with different objects as he lay on the ground, was captured on a viral video. You can see that video here, but be aware that it’s very disturbing.
The FBI received a tip that one of the individuals who assaulted the officer, whose name is given only as B.M., on the stairs of the U.S. Capitol building was Peter Francis Stager, the complaint says. The confidential information identified Stager from two videos posted on Twitter. One depicted him amongst a large group on the Capitol stairs, the complaint says. Online records say he has ties to Conway, Arkansas.
That’s a city located not far from Little Rock. Online records link him to an inactive single-family home construction company. Multiple pro Trump rioters have been named and charged in connection with the riots; Stager’s political registration is listed as “optional.” He did not have any known social media accounts. Stager only comes up with a minor traffic case in Arkansas court records.
“Stager climbed the stairs while holding a flagpole with a United States flag affixed to it and used the pole to repeatedly strike B.M. while B.M. remained prone on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building,” says the complaint, which charges him with unlawfully committing or attempting to commit an act to “obstruct, impede, or interfere with any fireman or law enforcement officer lawfully engaged in the lawful performance of his official duties incident to and during the commission of a civil disorder.”
Some people believed that the video beating showed Officer Brian Sicknick, who lost his life after being attacked during the riots. However, it instead shows a different officer being beaten.
In a video posted to social media, Stager said, “Everybody in there is a treasonous traitor. Death is the only remedy for what’s in that building,” the complaint alleges, adding that authorities believe the building was the Capitol and everybody in there referred to politicians inside.
A confidential informant spoke to Stager by phone call, and he admitted being in the video, according to the complaint.
The complaint says that Stager told the informant that he “did not know the man he was striking on the ground with the flagpole was a cop and that he thought the person he was striking was Antifa.” However, the complaint says the words “Metropolitan Police” were clearly present on the officer’s uniform in a photo the authorities believe shows Stager “holding a flagpole, with an American flag attached.”
Thus, authorities believe that Stager knew the man he was striking was a law enforcement officer.
The complaint says the informant claims Stager told him he had to apologize to the informant and his children for his behavior and said he intended to turn himself in.
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Stager claimed he was “wired up” from being “either pepper-sprayed or tear-gassed and that was why he made the comments he did on camera,” says the complaint, which adds it was possible he was “tear-gassed by law enforcement officers while attempting to breach the U.S. Capitol building.”
On January 6, 2020, Officer B.M. (only his initials are given in the complaint) of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department “was working his evening shift in his official capacity. During that shift, B.M. was directed to report to the U.S. Capitol building to assist the U.S. Capitol Police in their duties to maintain security of the U.S. Capitol building,” the complaint says.
Between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., B.M. “walked through an interior tunnel of the U.S. Capitol building and assumed a post in an archway which provided access to the building’s exterior. The approximate location of B.M. was noted by B.M. and is denoted below by the blue markings.”
From this archway, as he stood with other uniformed officers, B.M. saw hundreds of people gathering. “Some of these individuals were throwing and swinging various objects at the group of law enforcement officers,” the complaint says.
“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.”