Proud Boys Leader Sentenced to Jail for Burning Black Lives Matter Flag

A court in Washington, DC sentenced the leader of far-right extremist group Proud Boys to over five months in jail for burning a Black Lives Matter flag from a historic Black church.

Judge Harold L. Cushenberry Jr. of DC Superior Court sentenced Henry “Enrique” Tarrio to 155 days in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of destruction of property during a pro-Trump rally in December, according to a statement from the Justice Department.

During the December 12, 2020 rally in downtown Washington, Tarrio and other Proud Boys members stole a Black Lives Matter flag from Asbury United Methodist Church and ignited it using lighter fluid and lighters.

Tarrio uploaded a photo of himself holding an unlit lighter on his account on social networking service Parler. Days later, he admitted to burning the flag on social media and to several media outlets.

“I’m damn proud I did it!” Tarrio had said on social media, as reported by NBC News.

During the court hearing held via videoconference, Tarrio described his past actions as a “grave mistake.”

Tarrio also admitted to one count of attempted possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device shortly before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

Police found two-high capacity magazines in Tarrio’s possession when they arrested him last Jan. 4.

Tarrio will begin serving his prison sentence in two weeks.

Cushenberry also ordered Tarrio to pay $1,000 in fines and $347 in restitution to the church.


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