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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Proud Boys Leader Arrested for Destruction of Property and Firearms Offense

Police in Washington D.C. on Jan. 4 arrested Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio on charges of destruction of property for burning a church’s Black Lives Matter banner and of possession of firearms.

Police in Washington D.C. on Jan. 4 arrested Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio on charges of destruction of property for burning a church’s Black Lives Matter banner and of possession of firearms.

The police took the 36-year-old leader of the all-male violent far-right organization into custody for charges related to the removal and burning of a Black Lives Matter (BLM) banner from a historic Black church during a pro-Trump rally last Dec. 12.

The Asbury United Methodist Church said that Tarrio removed the banner from its building, then set it on fire, which Tarrio admitted of doing.

The police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said that they had been investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.

Police also charged Tarrio with possession of two-high capacity magazines, which he had with him during his arrest.

Tarrio’s arrest comes ahead of a planned pro-Donald Trump protests in Washington on Jan. 5 to 6, coinciding with the vote of the United States Congress to affirm Joe Biden’s presidential victory.

On the same day of Tarrio’s arrest, another historical Black church said that Tarrio and his group were connected with destroying church property, including a BLM sign, during the same rally last month.

In the complaint filed by the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Proud Boys members “terrorized” the church, as well as other nearby churches, “through coordinated acts of violence” when they “climbed over a fence surrounding the Church, came on to the Church’s property and destroyed a large Black Lives Matter sign.”

The church accused the group of “attempting to silence the Church’s support for the racial justice movement with violent acts of trespass, theft, and destruction of property.”

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