If I had known that the banner came from a church, it wouldn't have been burned. I would never consider doing anything to a church myself. — Enrique Tarrio
If I had known that the banner came from a church, it wouldn't have been burned. I would never consider doing anything to a church myself. — Enrique Tarrio
https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/19/politics/tarrio-proud-boys-guilty-plea/index.html
The leader of the far-right Proud Boys pleaded guilty Monday to two misdemeanors stemming from his conduct in Washington, DC, amid violent pro-Donald Trump protests in December.

Enrique Tarrio appeared in DC Superior Court to plead guilty to property destruction for burning a Black Lives Matter banner that belonged to a historic Black church in DC. He also pleaded guilty to attempted possession of a high-capacity magazine, a violation of local gun control laws.

He will be sentenced next month and could face up to one year in jail, though defendants rarely get the maximum penalty. The charges were filed in local DC court and are separate from the sprawling federal investigation into the January 6 Capitol insurrection – during which dozens of Proud Boys stormed the building and have since been charged with conspiracy and other crimes.

... During a brief hearing on Monday, Tarrio claimed he didn’t know that the Black Lives Matter banner belonged to a church, the historic Asbury United Methodist Church in downtown DC.

“If I had known that the banner came from a church, it wouldn’t have been burned,” Tarrio told Judge Harold Cushenberry. “I would never consider doing anything to a church myself.”

He has previously said he was “damn proud” that he burned the Black Lives Matter banner.
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