Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio gets 5 months in jail for burning a stolen BLM flag

Enrique Tarrio was arrested on January 4 in DC, where he attended former President Donald Trump's 'Stop the Steal' rally possessing two large-capacity magazines


                            Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio gets 5 months in jail for burning a stolen BLM flag
Enrique Tarrio was given 155 days in jail and three years of probation (Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

Proud Boys leader Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio, 37 was sentenced to more than five months in Jail on Monday, August 23 by a DC Superior Court judge. He was charged with misdemeanor on two accounts for burning a Black Lives Matter banner and bringing two high-capacity magazines into the District of Columbia. Tarrio was given 155 days in jail and three years of probation.

During the sentencing, Judge Harold Cushenberry noted that Tarrio's evident 'lack of remorse' and 'repeated criminal violations' following previous terms of probation paved way for a higher sentence than the 90 days that the Justice Department requested in the case. "Mr Tarrio’s conduct in these criminal cases indicate none of these democratic values [he claims]. Instead, Mr Tarrio’s actions betrayed them. Mr Tarrio has clearly, intentionally and proudly crossed the line from peaceful protest into dangerous and potentially violent criminal conduct, " Cushenberry said.

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Enrique Tarrio (Megan Varner/Getty Images)

 

Enrique Tarrio was arrested on January 4 in DC, where he attended former President Donald Trump's 'Stop the Steal' rally possessing two large-capacity magazines. It is important to note here the possession of said magazines is illegal in DC. The magazines were discovered when police were executing an arrest warrant on Tarrio for charges that stemmed from burning a Black Lives Matter flag stolen from Asbury United Methodist Church in December 2020. Tarrio was granted pretrial release the next day. He was prohibited from entering the District of Columbia except for court-related appearances.

Tarrio pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanor charges in the case in July and was scheduled to be sentenced on August 23. During the sentencing hearing, judge Cushenberry said, "The court ultimately agrees with the government that Mr Tarrio has not credibly expressed remorse," referencing his "bald, self-serving assertion" that he didn't know the BLM banner in question belonged to the church. Cushenberry said that the said claim was backed by videos shot by the Proud Boys and by Tarrio's own "boastful social media posts on Parler." Tarrio’s attorney, Lucas Dansie called him "a man of moral character who respects the laws" and said Tarrio "is extremely sorry for what he did. He made a poor decision and wasn’t thinking clearly". The Proud Boys leader frequently posted on his Telegram page calling for the release of fellow Proud Boys and Capitol riot defendants Joseph Biggs and Ethan Nordean, also known as 'Rufio Panman'. 

Tarrio is ordered to report to DC to begin his sentence on September 6 and to pay hundreds of dollars fines amounted for the destruction of Asbury United Methodist Church property and possession of the magazines.
 

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