BREAKING: Leader of the Proud Boys Arrested Ahead of Planned D.C. Protest
The Proud Boys leader was arrested in Washington D.C. on Monday, the day before planned protests in the nation's capitol.
The Proud Boys leader was arrested in Washington D.C. on Monday, the day before planned protests in the nation’s capitol.
Henry “Enrique” Tarrio is accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner last month. The banner had been removed from a ‘historic’ Black church in downtown Washington D.C.
During a rally held in honor of President Donald Trump in December, counterprotesters had attempted to block Tarrio and other protestors from entering Black Lives Matter Plaza. The confrontation carried on into the evening. At some point during the night, a Black Lives Matter banner was taken from a church downtown.
A video posted online showed Tarrio, among others, setting the banner on fire near the Asbury United Methodist Church.
A warrant had been issued for his arrest on charges of destruction of property, metro police said.
Tarrio had recently released a statement admitting that he had participated in the event and said he would plead guilty to destruction of property and compensate the church for the cost of the banner.
Today, just after arriving in the city, Tarrio was arrested by Metropolitan Police Department officers.
He had planned to participate in protests which are coordinated to coincide with the congressional confirmation of the electoral college vote.
Last month, a spokesman for MPD told the Associated Press that they were considering whether the incident was a hate crime, however no corresponding charge has been filed against Tarrio as of this time.
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