Report: Proud Boys Founder Confessed To Crime He Was Arrested For Online
Enrique Tarrio, leader of the far-right group the Proud Boys, reportedly confessed online last month to the crime he was arrested for on Monday.
Daily Dot reported that Tarrio admitted in a Parler post that he had burned a Black Lives Matter flag ripped from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C., during a pro-Trump rally on Dec. 12.
Tarrio was charged with misdemeanor destruction of property. When he was arrested, police also charged him with felony weapons possession for high-capacity magazines he had on him, according to the Washington Post.
Tarrio was most likely in D.C. for the upcoming election protest on Jan. 6. He is expected to appear in court this week, but he won't have much of a defense. On Parler last month, Tarrio admitted he'd taken the banner, boasting that police should come and get him.
"The FBI is currently investigating a supposed 'hate crime' perpetrated by the ProudBoys. They’re even offering a reward," Tarrio wrote in the Dec. 18 Parler post. "I’m here to tell you that there was no hate crime committed. The only hate there is in my heart is for communism and an authoritarian government. BLM is a Marxist movement. It isn’t about the color of someone’s skin."
"Against the wishes of my attorney I am here today to admit that I am the person responsible for the burning of this sign. And I am not ashamed of what I did because I didn’t do it out of hate...I did it out of love. Love for a country that has given my family SO MUCH. The burning of this banner wasn’t about race religion or political ideology it was about a racist movement that has terrorized the citizens of this country. I will not standby and watch them burn another city. So let me make this simple. I did it."
The Post reported that Tarrio also offered a confession to the newspaper:
Tarrio last month told The Post that he would plead guilty to destruction of property, pay the church the cost of the banner and surrender to authorities if a criminal charge were filed.
However, Tarrio said he would not admit to committing a hate crime.
“The banner that Tarrio said he participated in burning was taken from Asbury United Methodist, one of the oldest Black churches in the city, at 11th and K streets NW,” The Post reported.