Ahead of protests of Presidential election results in DC this week, called for by President Trump, the leader of the Proud Boys was arrested and sued in separate actions in connection with an incident at an earlier protest in DC.
The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church filed a lawsuit against the Proud Boys and their leader, Enrique Tarrio, in D.C. Superior Court Monday, saying the group trespassed on its property and destroyed its Black Lives Matter banner.
Tarrio, chairman of the Proud Boys, was arrested and charged Monday with destroying the property of another church, Asbury United Methodist Church, D.C. police confirmed.
At the time of his arrest, he was found to be in possession of two high capacity firearm magazines. He was additionally charged with possession of high capacity feeding device,” D.C. police said.
On Dec. 12, pro-Trump protests shook downtown D.C. as demonstrators and counterprotesters clashed, leaving at least four people stabbed and another 33 arrested. Four churches were vandalized, and two of them, Metropolitan AME Church and Asbury United Methodist Church, had Black Lives Matter banners destroyed.
The Proud Boys say they are Christians.
Also in DC today, DC’s police chief warned Representative-elect Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado against carrying a gun in DC.
D.C.’s police chief issued a stern warning for a new member of Congress who tweeted a video of herself purportedly carrying a Glock handgun on the streets of D.C. and on the U.S. Capitol campus.
Let me tell you why I WILL carry my Glock to Congress.
Government does NOT get to tell me or my constituents how we are allowed to keep our families safe.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 4, 2021