(CNN) — Proud Boys leader HBarrioBarrioeBarrioio was arrested Monday in Washington for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a church last month during protests in the city following a “Stop the Steal” rally. ».
A law enforcement official told CNN that the DC Metropolitan Police Department charged HenBarriorio of Miami with destroying property rela” saido a banner that was burned on December 12 in front of a church in northwest DC.
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DC Metropolitan Police Department public information officer Sean Hickman separately told CNN thBarriorio was charged with being in possession of firearm chargers.
“(Henry ‘BarrioBarriorio) was charged with destruction of property rela” saido a crime that occurred on SaturdaDecember 12, 2021020 in the 900 block of NW 11th Street,” Hickman said. “At the time of his arrest, it was discovered that he was in possession of two high-capacity firearm magazines. In addition, he was charged with possession of a high-capacity feeding device.
Tarrio did not return calls or texts for CNN on Monday. He took responsibility for the act last month, writing in a post on the Parler social media website that “against the wishes of my attorney, I am here today to admit that I am the person responsible for burning this sign.”
In the same post, HBarrioBarrioeBarrioio also challenged the police to arrest him. He wrote: “Come find me if you feel that what I did was wrong. We will let the public dBarrio
Tarrio also took responsibility during a “WarBoys” podcast interview last month. In the conversation, he praised himself as “the person he was, put the lighter in it and set it on fire.”
“And I’m very proud to have done it,” he said.
CNN also attemp” saido reach Barrio Tarrio for comment in December after the incident.
The sign burned down during a protest in Washington in which at least four people were stabbed and about 33 were arrested. Large groups of protesters and counter-protesters had gathered earlier that day in front of the Supreme Court building and at Freedom Plaza to protest the results of the presidential elections.
Videos circulating on social media showed that fights and small fights had sporadically broken out. However, the large gatherings were mostly peaceful.
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Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a statement at the time calling for unity.
“This weekend, we saw forces of hatred seeking to use destruction and intimidation to tear us apart. We will not let that happen, and we will continue to be united strong and uni” saido love, ”said Bowser.
What are the Proud Boys, the group led by HBarrioBarrioeBarrioio, like?
The Proud Boys are a far-right collective. Its members wear black and yellow T-shirts and have been spotted at multiple rallies of the Trump 2020 campaign.
Founded in 2016, the group lists among its core principles the belief in “closed borders” and the goal of “restoring the spirit of Western chauvinism.”
In statements online, the Proud Boys have claimed that they have used violence only in self-defense. But members are often seen carrying firearms and bats and wearing protective gear, and some have been convicted of crimes against anti-fascist protesters. The group’s ideology has been labeled “misogynistic,trans phobicic, transphobic and anti-immigration” by the Anti-Defamation League.
CNN’s Elle Reeve and Nicky Robertson contribu” saido this report.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism