Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the far-right Proud Boys group, was released Friday after serving simply over 4 months in jail for burning a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a historic black church in Washington late in 2020.
Tarrio, sporting denims and a black t-shirt with a photograph of Malcolm X brandishing a firearm together with the phrases, “@FREETHEPROUDBOYS … BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.”, was noticed greeting and hugging his fiancée as he left Washington, DC’s Central Detention Facility.
The 37-year-old was additionally carrying a white plastic bag that appeared to include his belongings.
After greeting his household, Tarrio instructed reporters he was feeling “great” about his launch, however famous that he was nonetheless anxious for a number of Capitol riot defendants who’re being held on the jail.
Last August, Tarrio was sentenced to greater than 5 months in jail after pleading responsible in July to torching the BLM banner. It was not instantly clear why Tarrio was released earlier than the tip of his sentence.
Department of Justice officers have stated unidentified members of the Proud Boys stole the banner from Asbury United Methodist Church on Dec. 12, 2020, and burned it after dousing it in lighter fluid. Tarrio uploaded a photograph of himself holding an unlit lighter to his Parler social media account.
In addition to the property injury, Tarrio was additionally charged with carrying two high-capacity firearm magazines to Washington forward of final yr’s riot. Authorities discovered the magazines upon his arrest for burning the banner.
Originally, Tarrio was sentenced to 90 days in jail for property injury and 150 days for ammunition offenses. However, a choose revised the sentence to 155 days and three years of probation. Tarrio was additionally ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and $347 in damages to the church.
Tarrio walked out of jail simply two months after he requested an early launch, citing inhumane residing circumstances, according to The Hill.
The request was denied on the time, with DC Superior Court Judge Jonathan Pittman saying Tarrio did not current “extraordinary and compelling reasons” to be released early.
It is unclear what position Tarrio holds within the Proud Boys upon his launch.
Shortly earlier than Tarrio began his jail time period in September, he posed for photos pretending to carry a flame to the US Capitol constructing.
In his closing hours of freedom, he posted the images to Telegram and urged his supporters to “keep protesting.”
“While it may be me today who is bearing the brunt of an over-politicized Biden Justice Department that caters to the Marxist mob, tomorrow it will be everyday Americans who they will set their sights on,” he stated.
“Make no mistake, they are coming after me in order to intimidate patriots into submission,” he added. “My message to them is simple: don’t give up the ship. Keep protesting, keep holding power to account and never back down. They want to kill you, our patriotism, and cause the total erasure of our culture.”