WASHINGTON – Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, 37, of Miami, Fla., pleaded responsible at the moment to costs in two instances, together with one involving the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a downtown Washington church, introduced Appearing U.S. Legal professional Channing D. Phillips and Robert J. Contee III, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Division (MPD).
Tarrio pleaded responsible within the Superior Court docket of the District of Columbia to at least one depend of destruction of property and one depend of tried possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding system. Every offense carries a most sentence of 180 days’ imprisonment and/or a $1,000 effective. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 23, 2021, earlier than the Honorable Harold L. Cushenberry, Jr. Whereas pending sentencing, Tarrio should proceed to abide by a court docket order to keep away from the District of Columbia.
In keeping with a proffer of info submitted at at the moment’s listening to, on the night of Dec. 12, 2020, a gaggle of people affiliated with the “Proud Boys,” together with Tarrio, have been within the space of 11th and Okay Streets NW, close to the placement of Asbury United Methodist Church. Unidentified members of the group stole the banner from the church’s property. The banner had lettering that learn “#BLACKLIVESMATTER.” The banner additionally contained the Church’s brand and web site handle.
The group then walked southbound on 11th Avenue NW and took the banner to the intersection of 11th and E Streets NW. On the intersection, the group burned the banner, utilizing lighter fluid and lighters. Quite a few unidentified people crouched down and utilized lighters to the sides of the banner. Tarrio posted an image to his “Parler” social media account depicting himself holding an unlit lighter, inches from the ignited lighters in two different people’ fingers.
Within the days that adopted, Tarrio admitted to burning the banner on social media and in feedback to quite a few media retailers.
Tarrio returned to the District of Columbia from Florida on Jan. 4, 2021, and he was arrested on a warrant charging him with the Dec. 12, 2020, destruction of property offense. In a search of his guide bag, carried out on the time of his arrest, police recovered two high-capacity firearm magazines. Every journal bars the insignia of the “Proud Boys.” In an interview with police, Tarrio instructed detectives that he had meant to switch the magazines to a buyer who was additionally going to be current within the District of Columbia.
In saying the plea, Appearing U.S. Legal professional Philips and Chief Contee counseled the work of those that investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Division, in addition to those that are prosecuting the matter from the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace.