Proud Boys charged with seditious conspiracy in Capitol riot

6/6/2022 11:40:00 PM

The former top leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group and other members have been charged with seditious conspiracy.

The former top leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group and other members have been charged with seditious conspiracy.

The former top leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group and other members have been charged with seditious conspiracy for what federal prosecutors say was a coordinated attack on the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory.

Joe Biden FILE - Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys and smokes a cigarette at a rally in Delta Park on Sept.The Justice Department says that more than 800 defendants have been arrested related to the Capitol riot, including over 250 defendants charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement officers.The festival runs Saturday from 11 a..

26, 2020, in Portland, Ore.Tarrio, the former top leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group, and other members were indicted Monday, June 6, 2022, on seditious conspiracy charges for what federal prosecutors say was a coordinated attack on the U.S.S.m.Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden's 2020 electoral victory.“Their actions disrupted a joint session of the U.(AP Photo/Allison Dinner, File) (Allison Dinner) The former top leader of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group and other members have been charged with seditious conspiracy for what federal prosecutors say was a coordinated attack on the U.Sign up for our weekly shopping newsletter, The Get! The insider’s guide to what to shop and how to wear it.

S.Congress convened to ascertain and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.m.Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory, authorities said Monday.Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, the former Proud Boys chairman, and four others linked to the group are charged in the latest indictment against them.” Five of the members were hit with conspiracy charges.All five were previously charged with different conspiracy counts.Tarrio, the group’s top leader, wasn’t in Washington, D.DOJ added, “The purpose of the conspiracy was to oppose the lawful transfer of presidential power by force.

C., when the riot erupted on Jan.6, obtaining “paramilitary gear and supplies — including concealed tactical vests, protective equipment, and radio equipment” for the day, dressing “incognito” that day instead of in the usual black and yellow Proud Boys colors, “directing, mobilizing, and leading” members of the crowd onto Capitol grounds and into the Capitol, “storming past barricades, Capitol police, and other law enforcement officers” to “disrupt” the proceedings, and “assaulting law enforcement officers.6, 2021.Police arrested Tarrio in Washington two days before the riot and charged him with vandalizing a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Black church during a protest in December 2020.” Michael Sherwin, then the U.Tarrio was released from jail on Jan.

14 after serving his five-month sentence for that case.attorney for the District of Columbia, first mentioned potential sedition charges in early 2021.The new riot-related indictments against Proud Boys members are among the most serious filed so far, but they aren't the first of their kind.Ad Oath Keepers militia group , including its founder and leader Stewart Rhodes, were indicted in January on seditious conspiracy charges in the Capitol attack.The Justice Department announced in January that Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and 10 others had been charged with seditious conspiracy related to the Capitol riot.More than three dozen people charged in the Capitol siege have been identified by federal authorities as Proud Boys leaders, members or associates.A New York man pleaded guilty in December to storming the U.S.

S.Capitol with fellow Proud Boys members.He founded the right-wing group in 2009.Matthew Greene was the first Proud Boys member to publicly plead guilty to conspiring with other members to stop Congress from certifying the Electoral College vote.Greene agreed to cooperate with authorities.” Prosecutors contended that Rhodes “conspired with his co-defendants and others to oppose by force the execution of the laws governing the transfer of presidential power.On the morning of Jan.

6, Proud Boys members met at the Washington Monument and marched to the Capitol before then-President Donald Trump finished speaking to thousands of supporters near the White House.Ad Just before Congress convened a joint session to certify the election results, a group of Proud Boys followed a crowd of people who breached barriers at a pedestrian entrance to the Capitol grounds, an indictment says.Several Proud Boys also entered the Capitol building itself after the mob smashed windows and forced open doors.Prosecutors have said the Proud Boys arranged for members to communicate using specific frequencies on Baofeng radios.The Chinese-made devices can be programmed for use on hundreds of frequencies, making it difficult for outsiders to eavesdrop.

In December, a federal judge refused to dismiss an earlier indictment charging four alleged leaders of the far-right Proud Boys with conspiracy.U.S.District Judge Timothy Kelly rejected defense attorneys’ arguments that the four men — Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Charles Donohoe — were charged with conduct that is protected by the First Amendment right to free speech.Ad Nordean, of Auburn, Washington, was a Proud Boys chapter president and a member of the group’s national “Elders Council.

” Biggs, of Ormond Beach, Florida, is a self-described Proud Boys organizer.Rehl was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia.Donohoe, of Kernersville, North Carolina, also served as president of his local chapter, according to the indictment.Proud Boys members describe the group as a politically incorrect men’s club for “Western chauvinists.” Its members frequently have brawled with antifascist activists at rallies and protests.

Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, who founded the Proud Boys in 2016, sued the Southern Poverty Law Center for labeling it as a hate group.Copyright 2022 The Associated Press.All rights reserved.This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission..

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