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Proud Boys leader released from Washington jail, served time for burning banner at black church

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Jan 14 (Reuters) – A leader of the right-wing group Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, was released from prison on Friday after serving four months and a week for burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic African-American church in Washington in Washington. December. 2020.

Tarrio was part of a group of Proud Boys who stole the banner during a protest in Washington on December 12, 2020. Tarrio then set it on fire, according to comments he made afterwards. He pleaded guilty in July, was sentenced in August and began serving his prison sentence in September.

Tarrio did not participate in the deadly January 6, 2021 riots at the United States Capitol. He was arrested upon arrival in Washington two days before a failed attempt to prevent Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s November 2020 election victory over then-President Donald Trump, a Republican .

The FBI said his arrest in January 2021 was in anticipation of the events of January 6 when several other members of the Proud Boys were arrested.

These members of the right-wing group are charged with obstructing law enforcement, destroying government property and conspiracy.

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Reporting by Jan Wolfe, additional reporting by Aram Roston; Editing by Scott Malone and Grant McCool

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