Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021

Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Pleads Guilty to Burning Black Lives Matter Banner

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The leader of the Proud Boys pleaded guilty this week to a weapons charge and to the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner. Henry Tarrio, better known as Enrique Tarrio, pleaded guilty in two separate cases filed dealing with events that transpired in Washington in December 2020 and early January. Proud Boys members were the prime suspects in the destruction of a large “Black Lives Matter” sign that was on the lawn of Asbury United Methodist Church. The destruction, captured on videos that were posted on Twitter, took place on Dec. 13, 2020. After an arrest warrant was issued for Tarrio just before the New Year, officers pulled over a Honda Crosstour with Virginia tags and found the suspect inside. Tarrio was found with two high-capacity, .556 caliber firearm magazines, according to charging documents. Tarrio was originally charged with two counts of possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device …

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