Proscribing the Capitol Protesters, the Proud Boys, and the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2015: Evidence of a Planned Anti-Fascist March
Federal prosecutors intend to present evidence that the four leaders of the Proud Boys plotted and encouraged violence prior to January 6.
The riot was instigated by a member of the Proud Boys and the four defendants stood back while others took action.
Attorneys for the five defendants have claimed that they were protesting and that the government was overcharging them. In court hearings, defense attorneys have also said the group had no real, cohesive plan to attack the Capitol that day.
A Proud Boys leader is from Washington state. A video of a man who goes by the name Rufio Panman hitting an anti-fascist protester went viral.
Joseph Biggs, 38, is an Army veteran and Proud Boys leader from Florida. Biggs previously worked as a correspondent for Infowars, a far-right outlet that peddles false conspiracy theories.
When Joe Biden became a President, the Proud Boys marched to Washington, DC, on January 4, 2020, and they went to the Capitol
The Proud Boys will be political prisoners if Biden is elected. We won’t go quietly…I promise,” Tarrio allegedly posted online in the days after the election was called for Joe Biden.
By December, members of Proud Boys had started attending Washington, DC, rallies en masse. Some of the protests broke out in violence and the Proud Boys, who are known for street fighting, were in the middle.
Tarrio allegedly informed new members of the top down structure of the MOSD. He, Biggs and Nordean were viewed as the MOSD leaders, prosecutors say. Rehl was part of the MOSD leadership.
Tarrio was arrested in Washington, DC, on January 4, 2021, for burning a DC church’s Black Lives Matter banner in December and bringing high-capacity rifle magazines into the district. A judge ordered him to leave the city. In encrypted leadership chats, Tarrio allegedly told other members he hoped his arrest could inspire people to lash out violently against police.
Prosecutors say that a group of Proud Boys met at the Washington Monument the morning of January 6. Several of the members, including Biggs and Rehl, allegedly had walkie-talkie style radios, and Nordean and Biggs both used a bullhorn to direct the group as they marched to the Capitol.
The group arrived at the Capitol around 15 minutes before Congress was set to start the joint proceeding to certify the 2020 election, according to videos from that day, and walked to an access point on the west side of the building. A Proud Boy, named Ryan Samsel, was the first to break the barriers at the Capitol and spoke to a friend just a minute before taking action.
Pezzola smashed a window with a stolen police riot shield as the mob arrived at the Capitol. The first mob members to get into the Capitol building were Pezzola and Biggs. The Senate halted its session moments later.
Why did Stewart Rhodes and the Proud Boys Interfere with the Joint House Investigation of the March 7 Proath Keepers?
The seditious conspiracy case against the leaders of the Oath Keepers could serve as a example for prosecutors as they turn to the Proud Boys.
Prosecutors argued that Stewart Rhodes acted in a way that was reminiscent of a general when he oversaw his troops on January 6.
In previous court filings, prosecutors have said that Tarrio, Biggs, Nordean, Rehl and other Proud Boys leaders encouraged their followers to “turn your brains off a little bit,” and used those followers as “tools” to achieve their larger plan to interfere with the joint congressional proceeding.
The group will continue if Tarrio and other Proud Boys are convicted, according to Rachel Rivas, an analyst at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Rivas says the group is meant to lead fewer people to speak up against them, because they are focused on creating chaos, making fear and not feeling safe.
There were other messages between Lamond and Tarrio where the officer gave Tarrio several warnings including that the Proud Boys might have a leak, and that they “need to switch to transponders”, because of posts on the social media platformParler.
Lamond was on administrative leave for over a year, and was still on leave as of the end of the year. On Wednesday, the MPD did not respond to a request for comment regarding the reasons why Lamond was placed on leave.
“Lt. Lamond’s duties as the commander of the MPD Intelligence Branch required him to establish lines of communications with every group that came to protest or march in Washington, DC,” Lamond’s attorney Mark Schamel, a partner at Venable LLP, told CNN. Schamel said Lamond was “only communicating with these individuals because the mission required it. The arrest of the person who burned the BLM flag was done by Lieutenant Lamond and he is the one who knows the facts of the case.
According to messages shown by the government, Lamond told Tarrio he would “check with our [investigative] people to see if they have you on video” and told Tarrio which law enforcement agencies were investigating the flag burning.
Tarrio’s lawyer accused prosecutors of trying to make Lamond look like a dirty cop to discourage him from testifying for the defense. He pointed to the fact that Lamond sent useful information to the director of the Capitol Police intelligence unit and his superiors at the time.
The Proud Boys – When FBI Agents Accept Us About Their CP Violation – Disturb Them
Dubrowski testified that the people who participated in the January 6 attack were not persuaded by FBI agents to do so.
According to recorded video calls and messages between group members, the Proud Boys were paranoid about what they called feds making inroads into their organization.
The group ousted someone they believed to be a confidential source, according to chat records. Tarrio sent a message to other leaders that an individual need to be removed from all chats. ASAP.”