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.
BREAKING – Miami based Proud Boys leader, Enrique Tarrio, just plead guilty to burning a BLM banner from a church and carrying illegal high capacity AR magazines in Wash, DC.
— Miami Against Fascism (@MIAagainstFash) July 19, 2021
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.