Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the far-right Proud Boys group, previously worked as an informer for local and federal law enforcement, according to court records obtained by Reuters that indicate he helped authorities prosecute 13 individuals on federal charges.
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, who’s 36, has been arrested on destruction of property charges by Metropolitan Police, the New York Times reports. He was also hit with additional charges for being in “Possession of High Capacity Feeding Device,” according to USA Today. News of Tarrio’s arrest comes on the heels of the far-right group being sued by Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal.
“Proud Boys, stand back and stand by.”
These are the words President Donald Trump proclaimed when Chris Wallace asked him to condemn right wing militias and white supremacist groups during the first presidential debate Tuesday night. An extremist group with ties to white nationalism, the Proud Boys were elated to hear the statement during the televised dumpster fire which drew 73.1 million permanently scarred viewers. Continue reading Who Are the Proud Boys, and Why Is the FBI Taking Notice?