Proud Boys Leader Jailed for 6 Months for Burning Black Lives Matter Flag
Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio sentenced to prison over incident in Washington D.C.
Proud Boys leader Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio has been sentenced to six months in prison over an incident at a Washington D.C. rally where he set fire to a Black Lives Matter (BLM) flag.
On Monday, Tarrio was jailed after admitting to burning a BLM flag and bringing rifle magazines to Washington, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced.
Tarrio, who has led the organization since 2018, was a part of a group that set alight a BLM banner on December 12 last year, following a pro-Trump rally.
The 39-year-old was arrested when he returned to DC on 4 January and was found with two high-capacity magazines that are banned under the city's strict gun control laws.
According to a police report, Tarrio said the magazines, emblazoned with the Proud Boys logo, were for someone who has purchased them.
Law enforcement later said Tarrio was picked up in part to help quell potential violence.
Judge Harold L. Cushenberry of the D.C. Superior Court sentenced Tarrio to 90 days in prison for destruction of property and 150 days for possession of large-capacity magazines, according to The Daily Caller.
Tarrio pleaded guilty on July 19, 2021, to both charges and will only have to serve 155 days in prison if he completes three years of probation, according to a press release.
Tarrio stole a BLM banner from the Asbury United Methodist Church and set it on fire at a nearby intersection in December, according to court documents.
Tarrio told the court in January that he sells the magazines and the ones he was carrying were already sold to a customer, the Associated Press reported.
Federal prosecutors had requested a three-month sentence, according to CNN.
"This court must respect the right of any citizen to peacefully assemble, protest, and make his or her views known on issues,” Cushenberry said, according to CNN.
"But Mr. Tarrio’s conduct in these criminal cases vindicate none of these democratic values.
"Instead, Mr. Tarrio’s actions betrayed them.”
Cushenberry said that Tarrio deserved more than the three months in prison that prosecutors asked for, according to the AP.
“Mr. Tarrio has clearly — intentionally and proudly — crossed the line from peaceful protest and assembly to dangerous and potentially violent criminal conduct,” Cushenberry said, according to the AP.
Tarrio apologized to the court for his actions and called them a “grave mistake,” the AP reported.
“What I did was wrong,” he said.