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OPINION – The controversial leader of the ultra-conservative, western-chauvinist, ‘Proud Boys’ group, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, is currently serving a five-month sentence at the decrepit and foul DC central jail. His crime wasn’t participating in the Capital riot because Tarrio wasn’t even in DC on January 6.

He was arrested in Washington on an inane misdemeanor warrant two days before the riot and ordered to stay out of the nation’s capital.


So, what was his crime?

Burning a BLM flag taken from the property of a DC church much earlier. Yup. Burning a flag. That’s it. This would be laughable if not so concerning.

He also had two EMPTY pistol magazines with him when finally arrested. Since any magazine that can hold over 10 rounds is considered ‘high capacity” in DC, he was charged with that as well. NBC News reported:

Tarrio pleaded guilty to destruction of property and attempted possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device. Police said officers found two unloaded firearm magazines emblazoned with the Proud Boys logo in Tarrio’s bag when they arrested him on Jan. 4.

Whatever anyone may think of Tarrio or the Proud Boys (far left groups call it ‘far right,’ ‘extremist’ and a ‘hate’ group), his crime here was as minor as it gets, especially considering the violence and mayhem caused by both BLM/Antifa rioters in the summer of 2020, and those rioting at the Capitol on January 6.

This appears to be another case of selective political persecution rather than any type of reasonable justice or prosecution.

However, along with defendants also charged with minor crimes from the January 6 riot, Tarrio claims he has endured “serious abuses of his rights on a daily basis” while being held in a segregation unit at the DC jail.

According to Tarrio, jail employees have ignored his requests for medical treatment, thrown cold, often inedible meals into his cell and denied him access to running water in his cell.

“Mr. Tarrio has been intimidated and antagonized by correctional staff to dissuade him from making complaints about the horrendous conditions,” wrote Tarrio’s attorney, Lucas Dansie.

NBC reports that:

Several Jan. 6 defendants have filed suits about the D.C. jail facility. One of those cases led to a surprise U.S. Marshals Service inspection last month, which found systemic abuse and unsanitary conditions.

A federal judge later found both the jail’s warden and the director of the corrections department in contempt of court…

The Justice Department announced plans to transfer 400 federal prisoners from a total population of about 1,500 to another facility in Pennsylvania. However, Tarrio and the other Jan. 6 defendants were not set to be part of that transfer.

Tarrio on Monday cited the federal prisoner transfer as proof that the D.C. jail was simple unfit to continue operating.

He told the judge, “They don’t move 400 prisoners for nothing.”

Tarrio has asked that his sentence be reduced to 90-days or that he be allowed to finish it under house arrest because of the harassment by correctional officers and inhumane jail conditions.

But my question is – Why is anyone serving five months for burning a BLM?  And — when will Tarrio be released early for this travesty?

Considering the lack of prosecution for hundreds of violent BLM/Antifa rioters in DC, this is not equal justice under the law. This is yet another example of selective, political persecution.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com




Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Ruth
Ruth
8 months ago

And the BLM and other criminals get nothing – not even a slap on the wrist for burning the American Flag – What hypocrisy!

Jim B
Jim B
8 months ago
Reply to  Ruth

True. “Burning a BLM flag taken from the property of a DC church much earlier. ” Who took the flag? Not that it is that big of a deal but that would be theft if he did it.

Susanna
Susanna
8 months ago
Reply to  Jim B

Who gets thrown in jail for stealing a political sign? Ridiculous.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith
8 months ago
Reply to  Ruth

That’s considered free speech, but SHOULD be at least a misdemeanor, and if I had it my way a felony for making it a public display! Not sure what burning the BLiMp’s flag is considered..

Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
8 months ago
Reply to  Ruth

Burning the American flag has been upheld by the scotus. A damned shame

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
8 months ago

BIDEN UNFIT TO MENTALLY SERVE AS PRESIDENT IT’S NOT A FXXXIN GAME JOE. THIS CAN’T BE HIDDEN FROM THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. NO DOCTOR WILL SIGN OFF ON HIS MENTAL STATE TO SERVE AS PRESIDENT.The examination revealed that the president of the United States suffers from a “number of health issues”, but even more concerning, perhaps, was the fact that “Biden refused cognitive testing” – “despite showing obvious signs of diminished cognitive function”. Biden’s physical was completed by Kevin C. O’Connor, D.O., and included consultation with several of the Presidential Specialty Consultants from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, including specialists in optometry, otolaryngology (ENT), dentistry, orthopedics (foot and ankle), orthopedics (spine), physical therapy, neurology, cardiology, radiology, dermatology, anesthesiology, and gastroenterology. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta was asked on air if Biden underwent any tests “that measured mental acuity” like former President Donald Trump did. “It doesn’t seem like it. I read pretty carefully through the doctor’s report, and there was, they mentioned “neurological exam, but that was more in terms of testing motor strength and sensation and things like that”,”Gupta responded. “President Trump had something known as the Montreal cognitive assessment. It’s sort of a screening test for dementia. And, you know, that there was no mention of that sort of thing here. It is a constant point of discussion. I can tell you within the geriatrics community, I wrote this book last year about brain health, and one of the things that kept coming up was, should sort of these types of screening tests, cognitive screening tests, be more commonly done? And there’s many in that community who believe starting at age 65, there should be some sort of screening that’s done. Dr. Ronald Peterson, who runs the Alzheimer’s clinic at Mayo has been somebody who talked about that.” “But as far as we know, for President Biden, we didn’t see any kind of tests like that performed.” O’Connor concluded by claiming that Biden“remains fit for duty, and fully executes all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations,”though without testing for what appears to be the most obvious threat to “Biden’s ability to perform his job, his mental fitness”, O’Connor’s stamp of approval is anything but reassuring for those skeptical of the president’s ability to lead.

Daisydukes
Daisydukes
8 months ago

Why does biden get to refuse cognitive testing? I thought he was required to take the necessary testing to remain as illegitimate president.

Robert Smith
Robert Smith
8 months ago
Reply to  Daisydukes

Exactly, since when is a fitness exam, dictated by the person being examined!

Alanator
Alanator
8 months ago

Josef Stolen is just a puppet. I dont think he has a clue, whats even going on! I believe Globalist`s are running the show.

Bemused Berserker
Bemused Berserker
8 months ago

OK to burn the US Flag, but not the BLM Rag? There’s the double standard the Media’s always pissin’ & moanin’ like a little biyatch with a skinned knee about.