Proud Boys leader indicted for Capitol riot – Reuters

Enrique Tarrio, who was not present during the Capitol riot, is accused of plotting the events of January 6

Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the right-wing organization Proud Boys, has been charged with conspiracy for allegedly preventing the Electoral College from certifying US President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

Tarrio was arrested in Miami on Tuesday for allegedly working with other Proud Boys executives calling themselves the “Ministry of Self-Defense” (MOSD) to plan the events of January 6. Tarrio and his colleagues reportedly amassed financial resources and tactical gear through fundraising sites, communicated their intentions through encrypted messaging apps, encouraged the Proud Boys to come to Washington that day, and toured the city themselves. same for reconnaissance purposes before the actual event.

The conspiracy charges extend to destroying property and assaulting law enforcement, although Tarrio was not present when it happened.

The 38-year-old Proud Boys frontman was absent from the riot itself, having been arrested two days prior for burning a stolen Black Lives Matter flag and possessing two high-capacity ammunition magazines the previous month. Released on January 5, he was ordered to stay away from Washington DC pending sentencing.

However, instead of leaving town immediately, Tarrio reportedly met the same evening with Oath Keepers militia founder Stewart Rhodes, also later charged with conspiracy, and several other people, including some of his MOSD colleagues. They would have discussed the activities that would take place the next day. During the meeting, according to the indictment, at least one participant made reference to the Capitol.

Prior to his arrest on the flag burning charges, Tarrio had met with several other Proud Boys members in December 2020 to create a new chapter tasked with “national rally planning,” which became the MOSD. The indictment alleges that January 6 was the “national rally” in question and mentions a nine-page planning document entitled “1776 Returns” Written by “a person whose identity is known to the grand jury”.

On Jan. 6, Tarrio had left DC for Baltimore, just in time to avoid the riot, which saw hundreds of former supporters of President Donald Trump descend on the Capitol grounds to protest what they thought was an election. faked.

Tarrio later pleaded guilty to the flag burning and firearms charges, was given a five-month sentence and won his release earlier this year.

A documented FBI informant since 2012, Tarrio had helped the agency file charges against more than a dozen people before the Jan. 6 riot.

Tarrio testified before the Jan. 6 committee earlier this month, though he primarily invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.


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