css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} The leader of the far-right Proud Boys group was arrested in Washington DC on suspicion of burning a Black Lives Matter flag last month

He reportedly admitted lighting a banner from a black church during a rally in town in December

President Donald Trump has urged supporters to rally in the capital this week for another demonstration

On Wednesday, members of Congress will have to confirm Democratic President-elect Joe Biden’s election victory before his election on Jan. January takes office

Mr. Tarrio said in the social media app Parler that the Proud Boys “on 6 January will appear in record numbers “and describe its members as” the most notorious group of extraordinary gentlemen “

The National Guard was appointed by the Washington, DC Mayor to assist local authorities officials say the troops will not be armed and will be there to assist with crowd management and traffic control

A Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told the Washington Post on Monday that Mr. Tarrio was stopped in a vehicle shortly after he entered a vehicle

The 36-year-old was also in illegal possession of two devices that allow guns to pick up additional bullets during his arrest, a source told CBS News

The destruction of the property charge relates to a protest in Washington DC on Dec. December in support of the outgoing Republican president’s unsubstantiated claims of systemic electoral fraud

The mostly peaceful demonstration ended in isolated brawls when confrontations broke out with counter-protesters. According to the police, more than three dozen people were arrested and four churches were destroyed

Mr Tarrio, who lives in Miami, where he also reportedly runs a grassroots organization called Latinos for Trump, told the Washington Post at the time that he burned the Black Lives Matter flag

But he claimed he was unaware that the Asbury United Methodist Church, where the flag was allegedly hoisted, was mostly attended by African American believers

Mr Tarrio also said that Proud Boy members have stolen their flags and hats at previous demonstrations without anyone being arrested for these alleged incidents

The previous Monday, another black church that had been destroyed during the December protest sued Mr Tarrio and the Proud Boys

The Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church accused the group of climbing over a fence and tearing down a sign that read Black Lives Matter

Kristen Clarke, head of the Civil Rights Advocacy Committee, said in a statement: “Black churches and other religious institutions have a long and ugly history of being attacked by white supremacists in racist and violent attacks designed to intimidate and fear create

The city police department said last month it was considering a possible hate crime charge related to the incident

Two runoff elections in the state will determine whether President-elect Joe Biden controls the entire Congress

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Weltnachrichten – GB – Leader of the Proud Boys arrested by Black Lives Matter for burning flag

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