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August 22, 2021

Justice Department seeks three months in jail for Proud Boy who burned BLM flag

The Justice Department told a federal judge that Proud Boys figurehead Enrique Tarrio deserves three months in jail for burning a Black Lives Matter flag and bringing high-capacity magazines to Washington, DC, ahead of the Capitol riot.

DOJ officials also told a judge they want Tarrio barred from DC during his probation to prevent future violence.

Prosecutors quoted a letter from Rev. Dr. Ianther M. Mills in their new court filings. Mills is the senior pastor at Asbury United Methodist, where the flag-burning incident occurred on December 12.

“Imagine the images conjured up in the minds of Asbury congregants as a result of these white men burning the BLM banner: visions of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, cross burnings, and the post-Civil War Jim Crow south,” Mills wrote. “Try, if you can, to imagine the stress, fear, anxiety, frustration, anger and terror this must create for them.”

Tarrio pled guilty to two misdemeanors in July. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday.

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