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Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested days ahead of a pro-Trump rally. (Stephanie Keith / Getty Images)
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On Monday the national leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right extremist group, pleaded guilty to multiple charges following his role in burning a Black Lives Matter flag in Washington D.C. last December.

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 37, of Miami, Fl. pleaded guilty to two charges, one involving burning a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from Asbury United Methodist Church and the other charge of attempted possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device, according to the U.S. Attorney Office’s press release.

On the evening of December 12, 2020, a group of Proud Boys members, including Tarrio, were at the location of Asbury United Methodist Church. Members of the group stole the banner which had the words “#BLACKLIVESMATTER” on it as well as the church’s logo and website address.

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The group took the banner a few blocks away and ignited it with lighters and lighter fluid. Tarrio posted a picture to his Parler account with him crouched down next to the banner with a lighter in his hand depicting him setting it on fire. In the following days he admitted on social media that he burned the banner.

Tarrio returned to Washington D.C. on January 4, 2021, two days before the Capitol insurrection, and was arrested on a warrant charging him with the Dec. 12, 2020 incident. In a search at the time of his arrest, police recovered two high-capacity firearm magazines. Each magazine had the insignia of the Proud Boys on it. Tarrio told detectives that he intended to transfer the magazines to a customer who was going to be present in D.C.

In March, charges were brought against four remaining leaders of the Proud Boys for their role in the Jan. 6 insurrection. The indictment stated that the men orchestrated a strategy to overwhelm Capitol Police and target weakly guarded entrances to the building.

Tarrio’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 23, and the court has ordered him to stay away from Washington D.C. before his hearing.

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2 replies on “Proud Boys leader pleads guilty to multiple charges involving Black Lives Matter”

  1. Misleading headline.

    Rarely is the quantity of two (2) referred to as “multiple”. People would feel sorry for me (or envious) if I went around saying that my wife has “multiple breasts”. Two cows in a field would never be described as “multiple cows”.

    Even if we replaced the deliberately misleading word “multiple” with the accurate word “two”, the Proud Boys Leader did not plead guilty to “multiple charges involving Black Lives Matter”, nor did he plead guilty to “[two] charges involving Black Lives Matter”. Black Lives Matter, the organization, had no role, whatsoever, in the court case.

    There was ONE charge involving those thugs destroying a Church’s banner which supported BlackLivesMatter. The Church that owned and displayed the Banner is not “Black Lives Matter”, and that rich black lady who owns several high-priced mansions, and also owns the “Black Lives Matter” trademark would probably be legally mad if you tried to equate a church with her profitable Marxist preaching (but Capitalist practicing) organization.

    The other charge that thug Torrio pled guilty to was for having an (empty) high-capacity ammunition magazine in his belongings within the limits of Washington, D.C. — a city which has banned ammo clips that hold more than ten rounds. This second charge had absolutely NO connection to BLM, even indirectly.

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