Leader of Proud Boys Far-Right Group Arrested in Washington

Leader of Proud Boys Far-Right Group Arrested in Washinton
Enrique Tarrio is the leader of America's infamous Proud Boys far-right group - Image Source: Twitter

THE LEADER of America’s infamous Proud Boys far-right group has been arrested in Washington DC ahead of planned protests in support of Donald Trump.

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Henry “Enrique” Tario was arrested by DC’s Metropolitan Police Department and stands accused of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn from a historic African-American church in the capital last month.

Alongside destruction of property charges, he has also being investigated for firearms offenses after officers arrested him with a pair of high-capacity ammunition magazines according to AP.

Online footage captured a group of suspected Proud Boys members dousing a Black Lives Matter matter in flammable liquid before setting it alight outside the Ashbury Methodist Church in Washington. Amid cheers of the far-right mob, the footage also captured someone extinguishing the flames minutes later.

Tarrio, the 36-year old leader of the infamous Proud Boys, has not yet faced charges of hate crimes although a DC police spokesperson has claimed that the force was looking into making possible charges of the offense.

The Proud Boys, established in 2016, are a far-right group comprised of exclusively male protesters who have been linked to violent political acts over the last few years. In 2019, two members were jailed for four years for a 2018 New York incident where they attacked individuals who prosecutors said were members of Antifa.

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