Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio has lost his appeal to be let back into Washington, D.C., where the leader of the controversial men’s group faces destruction of property and firearms charges.
Mr. Tarrio, the self-described chairman of the Proud Boys, was arrested in Washington on Jan. 4 for destruction of property stemming from the burning of a stolen “Black Lives Matter” sign in December.
Police have said that Mr. Tarrio was in possession of two empty but illegal high-capacity ammunition magazines at the time of his arrest and accordingly charged him with two related felony counts.
“Because the District is the capital of the United States, it is paramount that he be able to travel to the capital where his federal government sites,” defense lawyer Lucas I. Dansie said on appeal.
However, that argument and others raised on behalf of Mr. Tarrio were ultimately rejected when a three-judge panel from the D.C. appeals court ruled this week to leave the stay-away order in place.
“The record supports the trial court’s conclusion that appellant poses a unique danger within the District,” the appeals court judges wrote in part of their ruling.
“The evidence of appellant’s conduct and statements in this case evince an inability to appreciate the difference between lawful protest and criminal activity,” reads another part of their ruling.
Mr. Dansie did not immediately respond to a message seeking his reaction.
Other leading Proud Boys members were among the mobs who breached the Capitol building that day and have since been charged by the Justice Department with conspiracy and other counts.
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