Proud Boys dealt another blow with sedition charges

by Ezekiel J. Walker
Proud Boys dealt another blow with sedition charges
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The former shot caller of the far right-wing Proud Boys extremist group and other members were charged with seditious conspiracy for what federal prosecutors say was a coordinated attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.

The latest indictment against Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the former Proud Boys chairman, may be the most damning to date. According to AP News, the indictment alleges that the Proud Boys conspired to forcibly oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power. Tarrio and the others — Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Dominic Pezzola — were previously charged with different conspiracy counts.

Proud Boys may dismantle but another group will replace it.

Throughout American history, there has never been a shortage of right wing racist militias dedicated to preserving a way of life for them at the expense of the larger population. On Jan. 6, according to reports, the Proud Boys collaborated to keep their preferred President in office while Trump’s most rabid supporters laid siege to the Capitol and those inside.

They really tried to overthrow the government.

Though the election was certified, the strategy and coordination implemented to crush democracy was wielded like never before in American history.

According to AP News,  the news of these charges makes it the second time that the Justice Department has used them against those involved in the attack on the Capitol. In January, eleven members and associates of the Oath Keepers far-right anti-government group were charged with seditious conspiracy.

If convicted, each man faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Tarrio has already served five months in jail after being arrested for burning a Black Lives Matter flag in front of a historic Black church in Washington D.C. in December 2020. That incident had initially led local police to bar him from the city on January 4th, two days before the insurrection at the Capitol. 


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