The special services have identified the man who beat a police officer with a flagpole during riots at the U.S. Capitol building, it was a resident of the state of Arkansas, the local TV channel KATV, referring to the FBI.
According to the TV channel, the identity of Peter Francis Steger was established after the video of the beating was published on Twitter. One of the videos shows Steger hitting a Washington, D.C. police officer several times with a flagpole carrying an American flag, with the officer lying on the ground.
The rioters dragged the officer down the Capitol steps, threw him face down on the ground and started hitting him in the head and torso. The police officer’s full name was not disclosed.
“Everyone who is there (in the Capitol building) is a traitor who has betrayed the country. What is in that building can only be fixed by death,” Steger says in one of the videos.
One person who identified Steger in the video told authorities that he spoke with him after the riots. During the conversation, Steger said he mistook the policeman for a member of the ultra-left antifa movement, although the officer was wearing a uniform.
According to the channel, Steger was arrested and will appear in court on Friday.
On January 6, supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol after Trump’s rally in Washington, D.C., Congress was interrupted for several hours. A female demonstrator and a police officer were killed in the rioting, and three others died of non-violent causes. After law enforcement removed the rioters from the congressional building, congressmen affirmed the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the past presidential election. The House of Representatives impeached Trump on sedition charges.