Leader Of ‘Proud Boys’ Now Facing Jail Time, Gets Banned From Washington D.C. For Allegedly Destroying ‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio has been court-ordered to stay out of Washington D.C. after he was charged for allegedly destroying a Black Lives Matter banner taken from the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church during protests on Dec. 12, according to the Daily Wire.

D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judge Renee Raymond released Tarrio with orders to stay outside the district until his next hearing, which is scheduled to take place sometime in June.

It remains unclear if Tarrio, surrounded by two others holding lighters, was the one to light the banner on fire. Tarrio has also denied knowing that the banner came from the church.

The Washington Post reported, “The arrest warrant unsealed Tuesday morning in D.C. Superior Court says video and photos posted on social media do not show Tarrio ‘personally lighting the banner on fire or holding an open flame to it.’ But the warrant also says, ‘The available video does not preclude defendant Tarrio had an opportunity to apply an open flame to the banner.’”

Tarrio said, he burned the banner and refused to comment on the other two men associated with the Proud Boys who were holding lighters.

“Tarrio reportedly asked the judge to only ban him from Black Lives Matter plaza near the White House in downtown D.C., but that request was denied.”

“Tarrio was arrested Monday upon his arrival in the city and charged with destruction of property, and also received weapons charges after he was found to be in possession of two illegal high-capacity firearm magazines.”

Tarrio could face up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for a count of the destruction of property, noting that the punishment could be steeper if he’s charged with a hate crime. The charge pertaining to the ammunition magazine carries a maximum of three years in prison.

Judge Raymond reportedly said during the hearing that “she did not believe that signs, banners, and other personal property in support of the Black Lives Matter movement around the city would be safe if Tarrio was permitted in the city.”

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“There are ‘Black Lives Matter’ banners, posters, placards, signs in front of people’s homes and the like throughout Washington, D.C.,” the judge said.

From The Daily Wire:

Tarrio, who is Afro-Cuban, serves as chief of staff of Latinos for Trump, USA Today reports.

Democratic Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has indicated that she’s evaluating an order of a curfew for the upcoming protests.

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