Enrique Tarrio is called in a lawsuit filed Monday that alleges the Proud Boys focused D.C.’s Metropolitan AME Church by tearing down a BLM banner in December.
WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Proud Boys group was arrested in D.C. Monday night time and charged with destruction of property for allegedly destroying Black Lives Matter indicators at a protest in December, in accordance with DC Police.
“MPD members arrested 36-year-old Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, of Miami, FL,” DC Police mentioned in a press release. “He was charged with Destruction of Property associated to an offense that occurred on Saturday, December 12, 2020 within the 900 block of 11th Road, Northwest.”
DC Police additionally mentioned that when Tarrio was arrested he had “two excessive capability firearm magazines,” and was charged for possession as nicely. He’s being held in jail in a single day and has a listening to in DC Superior Courtroom Tuesday, police mentioned.
Tarrio was named in a lawsuit introduced by civil rights teams Monday that alleges the Proud Boys focused the District’s Metropolitan AME Church by tearing down its Black Lives Matter banner. Proud Boys Worldwide, LLC and quite a lot of unidentified Proud Boys members concerned within the incident are additionally listed as defendants within the lawsuit.
Video taken on the scene reveals agitators tearing down and burning the Black Lives Matter banner on the District’s historic Black church on Dec. 12 after a day of pro-Trump protests. The claims are being introduced underneath the D.C. crime statute that forbids trespassing and conversion in addition to a federal statute that prohibits deliberately damaging or destroying property of a spot of spiritual worship.
President and Govt Director of Attorneys’ Committee for Civil Rights Underneath Legislation, Kristen Clarke, emphasised the significance of Black church buildings’ influence on the group
“We all know that black church buildings have lengthy performed a central function in organizing for racial justice,” she mentioned. “They’re usually on the coronary heart of black group organizing.”
Clarke mentioned she hopes the lawsuit will ship a message to future instigators.
“The Proud Boys and different violent extremists should perceive that they can not unleash violence with impunity,” Clarke mentioned. “We’re ready to make use of the courts to carry them accountable and rise up for the establishments and folks focused by their racist actions.”
A number of pro-Trump rallies are scheduled within the District this week. The March For Trump rally organized by the conservative girls group, Girls For America First, on Wednesday, Jan. 6 on the Ellipse Grounds is projecting about 5,000 Trump supporters to make their approach to the nation’s capital.
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