The Police have arrested Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio, on Monday in Washington DC, reports said.
Tarrio went to DC, less than a day before pro-Trump and other far-right protesters swarm the city. In fact, the event was promoted by US President Donald Trump himself to protest the certification of the presidential election results.
The certification of the results will be the last part of the election before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Biden’s inauguration will happen on January 20.
The FBI classifies the Proud Boys as an “extremist group” linked to white nationalism.
Proud Boys Leader’s Charges
The charge against Tarrio is related to his actions from last month. In December, a pro-Trump demonstration in DC turned violent and resulted in thirty-three arrests and four injured people. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Tarrio’s charges include the destruction of property or the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner from a historical Black church.
In fact, Brendan Gutenschwager caught the scene on video.
Moreover, Tarrio did not deny the charges, and admitted to removing and burning a BLM flag, per NPR.
Aside from property destruction, there’s also a charge against him on “possession of a high capacity feeding device.” In fact, upon his arrest, officers found him carrying two high-capacity firearm magazines.
Supporters are quick to defend the Proud Boys leader after his arrest. Ricky Rebel, Tarrio’s friend and a recording artist, wrote, the man has always treated him with “kindness and respect.” He was also sad to hear Tarrio getting arrested “for burning a BLM flag” and included a hashtag, #FreeEnrique.
Meanwhile, the President of the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Kristin Clarke, announced they will sue the Proud Boys. According to Clarke, they will sue them for “the racist attack on Metropolitan AME Church.” She also included the complaint in her tweet.