UPDATE: Proud Boys leader sentenced to five months for burning of Black Lives Matter banner

by Mike Creef, Staff Writer
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Updated from original story: August 23, 2021 4:30pm

On Monday in federal court Superior Court Judge Harold Cushenberg sentenced Proud Boys leader, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, to 155 days in jail for burning the Black Lives Matter banner taken from a historic Black church in Washington D.C. last December.

Tarrio told the judge Monday that he made “a grave mistake” by burning the banner. “I profoundly apologize. I didn’t see the consequences of what I did.”

A senior pastor at the church, the Rev. Dr. Ianther Mills, spoke during the court hearing before the sentence was imposed. She called Tarrio’s conduct “an act of intimidation and racism” and he treated his action as “a trophy on social media.”

Tarrio was ordered to surrender to the Washington D.C. jail on September 6.

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Proud Boys leader Henry Tarrio WUSA9.com

Background

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.

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 charged

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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gregbreakpointgmailcom August 23, 2021 - 8:57 pm

It is important to note this burning of the Methodist Church logo’d banner as reported here by the great Mike Creef, was done on the social media platform, Parler, Parler is the new right wing MAGA hate platform co-founded by MAGA Media radio star Dan Bongino. Proud to be a traitor to America, Mark Levin,( who worked to send money to the mullahs in Iran in exchange for guns for the Contras in Nicaragua and crack to American cities as part of the Reagan Administration’s Dept. of Justice ), is now the #2 radio personality in America only behind habitual liar, Sean Hannity.. He has been outspoken about how he moved all his online hate sites from Facebook (who kept flagging him for lying) and from Twitter to go to Parler; where he can spout all his falsehoods without worry of ever being fact checked. This traitor now has a new book called American Marxism which is the new NT Times best seller in America. His book is regurgitating the tired old trope that the Democrats are really Communists. Just as the right has done since the 1950’s with the Army/McCarthy hearings, and the FBI calling Martin Luther King a Communist under Hoover, and the pro-Vietnam War Republicans calling us Anit-War protestors, Communists. Every decade or so the racists when losing at the polls go to their go to argument that those fighting for Civil and voting rights are really Communists. Remember, if anyone is on Parler or cites Parler they are actually MAGA types out to destroy every recent gain made for truth, justice and the American Way. These allies of the Proud Boys and their ilk must not get away with these false charges of Communism on the march to distract everyone from our fight for Civil and Voting Rights. We must call out the MAGA Media and their lies about the social justice movement of today in America. Let’s be honest, the MAGA movement hates the America of today.

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