Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio turned himself in Monday night to the DC jail to begin a 155 day sentence for his role in the burning of a “Black Lives Matter” banner stolen from a DC church in December as well as possession of two 30-round magazines, which are illegal in the district.
Tarrio was originally arrested on January 4 on a warrant for the banner burning as he attempted to enter Washington DC to participate in the “Save America Rally” that culminated in Trump supporters storming the Capitol on January 6. During his arrest, he was found to be in possession of the two rifle magazines.
According to the Department of Justice, Judge “Harold L. Cushenberry, Jr. sentenced Tarrio to 90 days of jail on the destruction of property charge and 150 days in jail on the ammunition offense; the judge suspended all but 155 days of that time on the condition that Tarrio successfully complete three years of probation.”
“I’m guilty of a crime, I admitted to that” said Tarrio. “I did the the time, I’m doing the time.”
Tarrio added that he disagrees with the sentence and is attempting to both appeal and seek the judge’s recusal.
“Absolutely not. I already apologized to them once,” he said when asked if he had an apology for the church itself.
Members of the Proud Boys and other Trump supporters marched throughout Washington DC on the night of December 12, 2020 following the “March for Trump.”
Amidst a violent evening that saw clashes between the right-wingers, police, and local anti-fascists, Proud Boys tore down a “Black Lives Matter” banner from the Asbury United Methodist Church. After posing with the banner, they poured lighter fluid onto it and set it on fire.
Tarrio also denied reporting that suggests Proud Boys will be attending an upcoming rally on September 18 at the United States Capitol.
“That’s all bullshit,” he claimed. “We’re not attending none of that. I have no problem with people wanting to express their First amendment rights on September 18, but the Proud Boys will not be there.”
“I haven’t seen a single Proud Boy say they’re actually going to go.”
The comments stand in stark contrast to those of Randy Ireland, president of the Hell’s Gate Bridge chapter of the Proud Boys. Speaking at a rally on August 22 in Portland, Ireland claimed that “Our next rally is going to be September 18th, in Washington DC, right where it all started at the Capitol building.”
Ireland told the crowd that Micki Witthoeft – the mother of Ashli Babbitt – will be in attendance and invited the crowd to come, “especially the Proud Boys that are here.”