The leader of the Proud Boys group, Enrique Tarrio, was arrested in Washington on January 4 over the alleged theft and burning of a Black Lives Matter banner from a church during a protest on December 12, according to a report citing police.
The Washington Post quoted DC Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck as saying Tarrio had been detained shortly after he arrived in Washington.
Tarrio was charged with one misdemeanor count of destruction of property in connection with the burning of the banner, which police said was taken from the Asbury United Methodist Church, according to the Washington Post. He was also charged with two counts relating to “high-capacity ammunition feeding devices” discovered during the arrest, the same report said.
This footage shows the burning of the banner during the December 12 protest. The church’s website address can be seen on the banner. A crowd of people in Proud Boy regalia surround the banner as it burns, and one person pours a fluid on it. The crowd chants, “F*** antifa.” Credit: Brendan Gutenschwager via Storyful