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Proud Boys Leader Pleads Guilty to Burning BLM Banner

Henry Tarrio stole a Black Lives Matter banner before he burned it

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FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2020, file photo, a protester carries a Proud Boys banner, a right-wing group, while other members start to unfurl a large U.S. flag in front of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore. In its annual report set to be released Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the Southern Poverty Law Center said it identified 838 active hate groups operating across the U.S. in 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)
By Briasia Russ

According to the Department of Justice, a Proud Boys leader has pleaded guilty to vandalism after stealing a Black Lives Matter banner from the Asbury United Methodist Church.  

The Proud Boys are self-described “Western chauvinists” who adamantly deny any connection to the racist “alt-right.” They insist they are simply a fraternal group spreading an “anti-political correctness” and “anti-white guilt” agenda.  

 

As reported by The Hill, authorities said in a statement that Tarrio pleaded guilty to one count of destruction of property and one count of attempted possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device.  

The Proud Boys leader took the crime to social media by making a post of himself burning the BLM banner. Once arrested, authorities found two firearm magazines with the Proud Boys insignia.  

The Hill reported that Tarrio is facing a potential maximum 180-day sentence or a $1,000 fine for each offence and will be sentenced August 23rd