Enrique Tarrio was arrested in Washington, DC, simply previous to the January 6 riot on the US Capitol.
The chief of the far-right Proud Boys group was sentenced to greater than 5 months in jail on Monday for burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn down from a historic Black church in downtown Washington, DC and bringing two high-capacity firearm magazines into the nation’s capital days shortly earlier than the January 6 riot.
Enrique Tarrio advised the courtroom he was “profusely” sorry for his actions, calling them a “grave mistake.”
“What I did was fallacious,” Tarrio stated throughout the listening to held by way of videoconference.
Tarrio was arrested as he arrived in Washington, DC, two days earlier than 1000’s of supporters of then-President Donald Trump — together with members of the Proud Boys — descended on the US Capitol and disrupted the certification of the Electoral Faculty vote. Tarrio was ordered to avoid Washington, DC, and regulation enforcement later stated Tarrio was picked up partially to assist quell potential violence.
Authorities say Proud Boys members stole the banner that learn #BLACKLIVESMATTER from the Asbury United Methodist Church on December 12 after which set it ablaze utilizing lighter fluid and lighters. Tarrio posted an image of himself holding an unlit lighter to his Parler account and admitted days later in an interview with The Washington Put up that he joined within the burning of the banner.
Reverend Ianther Mills, senior pastor of the church, advised the decide it was an “act of intimidation and racism” that induced “immeasurable and presumably irreparable hurt” on the neighborhood.
“His careless act of violence and hatred, focused at a congregation of people with a lived historical past of social and racial injustice, had the presumably desired impact,” she stated. “Asbury was compelled to reckon with the very tangible proof that we proceed to dwell in a world the place folks radicalize hate primarily based upon race and pores and skin coloration.”
When police pulled Tarrio over on January 4 on the warrant for vandalizing the signal, officers discovered two unloaded magazines emblazoned with the Proud Boys brand in his bag. Tarrio stated, in keeping with a police report, that he sells the clips and those he was carrying had been bought by a buyer.
Tarrio pleaded responsible final month to destruction of property and tried possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding system.
A police spokesman advised the Related Press information company in December that investigators had been probing the occasions as potential hate crimes, however no hate crime prices had been filed towards Tarrio.
Proud Boys members describe themselves as a politically incorrect males’s membership for “Western chauvinists”. Its members steadily have engaged in road fights with antifascist activists at rallies and protests.
Authorities have narrowed in on the Proud Boys and different far-right teams, just like the Oath Keepers, of their investigation into the January 6 assault on the Capitol that despatched legislators operating, injured dozens of regulation enforcement officers. 5 folks died within the occasions, together with a Capitol police officer.
Practically 600 folks have been charged within the Capitol riot, however among the most severe prices — involving accusations of planning to dam the certification of the vote — have been filed towards members of the teams.
About three dozen folks charged have been recognized by federal authorities as Proud Boys leaders, members or associates. In a single case, 4 group leaders have been charged with conspiring to impede the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory. Tarrio hasn’t been charged within the Capitol assault.
It was not too long ago revealed in courtroom information that Tarrio had labored undercover and cooperated with investigators after being accused of fraud in 2012. After Tarrio’s 2012 indictment for collaborating in a scheme involving the resale of diabetic check strips, he helped the federal government prosecute greater than a dozen different folks, the information present.