Proud Boys Leader Enrique Tarrio Arrested in DC

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Tarrio was taken into custody after performing acts of vandalism in December 2020 that allegedly included burning a Black Lives Matter flag taken from a historic Black church.

Attorneys for Metropolitan AME Church said in a press release that it "suffered from the defendants' coordinated acts of violence when Proud Boys members climbed over a fence surrounding the church, came on to church property, tore down and destroyed a large Black Lives Matter sign the church was proudly displaying in what constituted clear acts of trespass, theft, and destruction of property".

Washington, D.C. police and the FBI are investigating the buring of Black Lives Matter banners at Metropolitan AME and Asbury United Methodist Church-also on December 12-as possible hate crimes, although Tarrio claims he was unaware the churches are predominantly Black.

Several public demonstrations will take place throughout the day on January 6.

Mr Trump has encouraged his supporters to attend the rally in Washington DC on 6 January, describing the election as "the biggest SCAM in our nation's history".

Tarrio did not return CNN's calls or texts Monday.

Police stopped a vehicle Tarrio was in as it entered the city from the airport, Dustin Sternbeck, a MPDC spokesman, told The Washington Post.

The rallies held the weekend of December 12, in support of President Donald Trump's unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud, often devolved into violence and clashes between protesters, outlets reported. "Locational details to follow".

Far-right group Proud Boys' leader Enrique Tarrio was arrested Monday in Washington, DC, on charges of destruction of property.

The mostly peaceful demonstration ended in isolated scuffles as confrontations with counter-protesters broke out. The march later devolved into a violent scrum and resulted in four people being stabbed in the melee.

"I will be there", he said.

Washington police said on Monday they were anxious about potential violence, particularly from groups like the Proud Boys, and warned that people carrying firearms would be arrested.

Police have said four churches were vandalized the night of December 12 as the Proud Boys and other groups marched through downtown D.C. More than three dozen people were arrested.

"White supremacists, like the Proud Boys, would rather see the country burn than to see it united together under justice and freedom for all", Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said in a statement announcing the suit.

The lawsuit says the Proud Boys should be held responsible for their actions and calls them out for attempting to intimidate those who seek to eradicate racial injustice.

After the incident, in an opinion piece, Rev. William H. Lamar IV of Metropolitan AME said the church will replace its BLM banner but says America needs to address its issues with racism.

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