Enrique Tarrio, leader of the Proud Boys.
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Authorities in Washington arrested on Monday one of the leaders of the Proud Boys organization, one of the groups that will demonstrate in favor of Donald Trump on January 6, when Congress does the formal and final count of the Electoral College votes , which give Democrat Joe Biden victory in the November election.
Enrique Tarrio, a Latino from Miami, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of burning a banner of Black Lives Matter who was in an African-American church in the United States capital.
According to the New York Times, Tarrio, 36, was charged with destruction of property for the incident. Officers who arrested him Monday found him with high-caliber ammunition.
We want to make clear to the Proud Boys and other extremists who dare to assault our institutions, our humanity and our dignity, that we will stand up and hold them accountable. Attacks on Black churches have no place in society today. https://t.co/GFuEAUfBmg
– Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) January 4, 2021
The Proud Boys they staged violent clashes with other civilians and the police during marches in mid-December. Tarrio acknowledged on social media that he was responsible for burning the church’s banner.
Half a dozen groups loyal to Trump have called for a demonstration in Washington on Wednesday that the outgoing president has described as “wild.”