Jan. 4 (UPI) — Police in Washington, D.C., on Monday arrested Enrique Tarrio, the chief of the Proud Boys, a day earlier than such teams plan to protest the outcomes of the November presidential election within the metropolis.
A D.C. police spokesman stated Tarrio was arrested Monday afternoon on fees of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was taken from Asbury United Methodist Church throughout protests in assist of President Donald Trump final month.
Dustin Sternbeck, a D.C. Police spokesman, stated Tarrio, a 36-year-old Miami resident, was arrested throughout a visitors cease shortly after getting into the district after having landed on the airport.
On Dec. 12, 4 church buildings within the metropolis have been vandalized, together with two traditionally Black spiritual locations of worship, considered one of which was Asbury United.
Police stated Tarrio faces one rely of property destruction in connection to the burning of the banner and two felony counts of possession of high-capacity ammunition weapons, which have been discovered throughout the arrest.
The Anti-Defamation League describes the Proud Boys on its web site as “an unconventional pressure of American right-wing extremism” and is usually characterised as misogynistic with hyperlinks to White nationalism. Its members are additionally recognized to have interaction in violence with a number of convicted of violent crimes, the anti-hate group stated.
Earlier Monday, the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, the second of the 2 historic Black church buildings vandalized in December, filed a lawsuit towards the Proud Boys accusing the group of “participating in acts of terror and vandalizing church property in an effort to intimidate the church and silence its assist for racial justice.”
The lawsuit filed within the Superior Courtroom of the District of Columbia names Tarrio as chairman of the group and accuses him of conspiring with different members to commit violence.
“White supremacists, just like the Proud Boys, would relatively see the nation burn than to see it united collectively below justice and freedom for all,” Kristen Clarke, president and government director of the Legal professionals’ Committee for Civil Rights Below Legislation, stated in an announcement asserting the go well with. “Our lawsuit goals to carry those that interact in such motion accountable.”
The group, together with different related organizations, is planning a rally within the metropolis Tuesday and Wednesday in assist of Trump, who has but to concede defeat to President-elect Joe Biden and maintains he received the election whereas citing broadly debunked claims of voter fraud.
The Protection Division stated Monday it has permitted Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request from Thursday to deploy the D.C. Nationwide Guard forward of the protest.
Some 340 personnel might be deployed to the town from Tuesday by Thursday to supply crowd management assist at metro stations and help police with avenue closures in addition to assist D.C. hearth and emergency providers.
“On the request of Mayor Muriel Bowser, the District of Columbia Nationwide Guard is in a assist position to the Metropolitan Police Division, which can allow them to supply a secure surroundings for our fellow residents to train their first modification proper to show,” Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, commanding normal of the Washington, D.C. Nationwide Guard, stated in an announcement. “Our important mission is augmenting choose visitors management factors and metro stations recognized by MPD.”
Bowser had stated within the letter of request that no Nationwide Guard personnel can be armed nor will they interact in home surveillance, searches or seizures.
The mayor on Monday urged the general public in a press convention to keep away from downtown and “people who find themselves coming right here to search for confrontation” throughout the rallies.
“In fact, persons are allowed to return into our metropolis to take part in First Modification actions and they are going to be aware of the legal guidelines of the District of Columbia,” she stated. “We won’t enable folks to incite violence, intimidated our residents or trigger destruction in our metropolis.”
Lawyer Normal Karl Racine stated in an announcement Monday night time that teams, a few of which promote hate, might be touring to the district “to impress residents and wreak havoc” however that authorities might be carefully monitoring their actions to carry them accountable.
“Whereas we respect their proper to protest, we won’t tolerate legal conduct — and we should always deny them the chance to trigger chaos,” he stated. “Hate has no house within the District.”
A number of rallies have been deliberate for Washington, D.C. this week to coincide with Congress’ certification of Biden’s victory over Trump, who tweeted Monday that he might be at one occasion named Cease the Steal.
“I might be there,” he stated. “Historic Day!”
Bowser has directed district companies to create a public security response because of the rallies.