Enrique Tarrio Arrested
The leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that has vocally supported President Trump’s efforts to overturn the election results, was arrested on Monday in Washington as Mayor Muriel Bowser requested support from the Army National Guard before expected protests of the November vote in the nation’s capital.
Enrique Tarrio, the chairman of the Proud Boys, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of burning a Black Lives Matter banner that was torn from a historic Black church in Washington during protests last month that led to several violent clashes, including stabbings, around the city.
Enrique Tarrio Wiki
A far-right, neo-fascist and male-only political party, Enrique Tarrio is the chairman of the Proud Boys. In 2020, he was a candidate for Florida's 27th congressional district in the Republican primary election, but withdrew. Tarrio is the Florida state representative of the Latinos for Trump grassroots group.
Enrique Tarrio Bio
In Little Havana, a neighborhood in Miami, Florida, Tarrio was raised. He describes himself as an Afro-Cuban. He was divorced and married.
In 2004, Tarrio was accused of robbery when he was 20 years old. He was sentenced to three years of probation, work in the community, and ordered to pay restitution. Tarrio was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison in 2013 (of which he served 16) for rebranding and reselling stolen medical devices.
After 2004, Tarrio moved to operate a poultry farm in a small town in North Florida. He returned to Miami later on. He has also established an installation company for security equipment and another supplying businesses with GPS monitoring.
Tarrio operates a T-shirt company in Miami, branded as the 1776 Store, an online right-wing merchandise vendor. The 1776 shop was described by Slate as a "freewheeling online emporium for far-right merch" selling a range of Proud Boys equipment, including shirts saying "Pinochet did nothing wrong"
In May 2017, Tarrio volunteered for far-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos at a Miami event where he met a Proud Boys member who invited him to join the party. Tarrio participated in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Protesting against the demolition of Confederate monuments was his reported reason for his involvement.
After punching anyone who is said to be an antifa supporter in the face in June 2018, Tarrio became a fourth-degree member of the Proud Boys, a distinction reserved for those who get into a physical altercation. On November 29, 2018, he assumed the role of Chairman of the company, replacing Jason Lee Van Dyke, who held the position for two days, and Gavin McInnes, the predecessor of Van Dyke.
Tarrio helped coordinate the August 17, 2019, End Domestic Terrorism rally held in Portland, Oregon. Co-organized by Joe Biggs, the event was presented as a reaction to the attack on conservative blogger Andy Ngo in June 2019.
Tarrio was arrested by Washington, D.C. On January 4, 2021, police charged and charged one misdemeanor count of property damage. This was in reference to the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a church in D.C., according to a police spokesperson. On December 12, 2020, during a pro-Trump march. Tarrio was also charged with two felony counts of possession of magazines of high-capacity weapons found on Tarrio when he was arrested.
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The president of the Miami-Dade Republican Party apologised after Tarrio threatened and yelled expletives at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Coral Gables in late 2018, and Senator Rubio likened the disruptors to the "repudiation mobs Castro has long ago used in Cuba."
In 2018, among others related to the Proud Boys, Twitter deleted Tarrio's account, citing how site policy prohibited accounts related to violent terrorist groups. Another account created by Tarrio to evade the suspension was discovered the following year and suspended by Twitter from the website.
Tarrio is Roger Stone's close mate. Tarrio appeared outside the courthouse in a shirt emblazoned with the word "Roger Stone did nothing wrong" after Stone was arrested in January 2019.
In 2020, Tarrio launched a run for Congress for the 27th district of Florida, but withdrew before the Republican Party primary. Tarrio identified criminal justice reform, defense of the Second Amendment, combating domestic terrorism, ending the war on drugs, free expression on digital media, and immigration reform as some of his priorities in his campaign's answers to a Ballotpedia survey conducted in 2019.