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Proud Boys leader freed from Washington jail, served time for burning banner at Black church

WorldJan 17, 2022 08:26AM ET
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5/5 © Reuters. Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio leaves the D.C. Central Detention Facility where he has been held since early 2021, in Washington, U.S., January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein 2/5

By Jan Wolfe

(Reuters) - A leader of the right-wing Proud Boys group, Enrique Tarrio, was released from jail on Friday after serving four months and a week for burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic African American church in Washington in December 2020.

Tarrio was among a group of Proud Boys who stole the banner during a demonstration in Washington on Dec. 12, 2020. Tarrio then set it on fire, according to comments he made afterward. He pled guilty in July, was sentenced in August and began serving his jail sentence in September.

Tarrio did not take part in the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol. He was arrested when he arrived in Washington two days before the failed bid to prevent Congress' certification of Democrat Joe Biden's November 2020 election win over then-President Donald Trump, a Republican.

The FBI has said his January 2021 arrest was to try to pre-empt the events of Jan. 6 when several other members of the Proud Boys were taken into custody.

Those members of the right-wing group face charges including obstruction of law enforcement, destruction of government property and conspiracy.

Proud Boys leader freed from Washington jail, served time for burning banner at Black church
 

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Ac Tektrader
Ac Tektrader Jan 17, 2022 3:53PM ET
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I see we have a number of supporters of white supremacists posting today.
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Co Gonz Jan 17, 2022 3:53PM ET
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The leader of miami proud bous is hispanic, im pretty sure the founder was also hispanic.. could be wrong though
Doug Roggow
Doug Roggow Jan 17, 2022 11:43AM ET
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Thank you Torrio
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Doug Roggow Jan 17, 2022 11:41AM ET
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So why isnt people serve jail time and arrested for burning our us national flag ?Double standards Thank you for serving standing up for america free speech and duty
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Me comment Jan 17, 2022 11:41AM ET
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Best you go back to school and read and study the constitutions first amendment. Also take some english classes as well!
pcg upstate
pcg upstate Jan 17, 2022 11:41AM ET
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Me comment best you read the constitution
Jamie Kent
Jamie Kent Jan 17, 2022 11:38AM ET
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The hispanic guy the left claims is a white supremacist....you can't make this stuff up, lol
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Ac Tektrader Jan 17, 2022 11:38AM ET
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jamie kent.... torrio thinks he's white....
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BigPoppa Jcamp Jan 17, 2022 9:31AM ET
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Is a church that hangs a communist group's banner really a Christian church?
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Joel Schwartz Jan 17, 2022 9:31AM ET
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Oh boy, move those goalposts
 
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