Proud Boys’ leader Henry Tarrio turns himself in for BLM flag burning

Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys, turned himself in to police Monday according to WUSA 9. Tarrio, who is the chairman of the Proud Boys, an all-male organization known for pushing a far-right-wing agenda arrived at the D.C. Central Detention Facility about 9 p.m. Monday, with just hours left until the deadline a D.C. Judge gave him to surrender and start serving his jail term. A judge sentenced Tarrio to over five months in jail last month for burning a Black Lives Matter banner and bringing two high-capacity magazines into the District of Columbia back in December.

While Tarrio turned himself in, another man walked by his side and they sang as they made their way towards the gate. The pair hugged and the unnamed man told Tarrio “It’s going to be here for ya in five months.”

According to WUSA 9:

Judge Harold Cushenberry said Tarrio’s apparent lack of remorse and repeated criminal violations following previous terms of probation warranted a higher sentence than the 90 days the Justice Department requested in the case. He sentenced Tarrio to 155 days in jail and three years of probation.

“Mr. Tarrio’s conduct in these criminal cases indicate none of these democratic values [he claims],” Cushenberry said. “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.”

At Tarrio’s sentencing, Cushberry gave the Miami man two weeks to self-surrender to authorities at the detention center, a clock that ran out at midnight September 6. He will have up to a year to pay hundreds of dollars of fines and restitution to Asbury United Methodist Church.

On January 4 Tarrio was arrested when he went to Washington D.C. to attend former President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally while in possession of two large capacity magazines. The magazines are illegal to possess in D.C., were discovered while police were executing an arrest warrant on Tarrio for charges from burning of a Black Lives Matter flag stolen from Asbury United Methodist Church in December 2020.

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