With racial unrest taking place across the United States amid the social justice movements, The Proud Boys have risen among hate groups wreaking havoc. According to CNN, the leader of Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 4.
In December 2020, BLACK ENTERPRISE reported that Black Lives Matter signs outside of several historic Black churches in Washington D.C. were burned and destroyed during a pro-Trump rally. When Tarrio appeared on a “WarBoys” podcast interview that month, he took responsibility and stated he was “the person that went ahead and put the lighter to it and engulfed it in flames. “I’m damn proud I did,” he said.
He also wrote in a post on the Parler website that “against the wishes of my attorney I am here today to admit that I am the person responsible for the burning of this sign.” Tarrio also dared police officers to arrest him, writing: “Come get me if you feel like what I did was wrong. We’ll let the public decide.”