The Justice Department has indicted the prominent leader of the far-right extremist group Proud Boys and its top members. The group is facing seditious conspiracy charges for their role in the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The New York Times reported that the Justice Department charged Enrique Tarrio, the former chairman of the Proud Boys, and four other members on Monday. .
Sedition, by definition, is the crime of causing an uprising, disturbance or violence against the lawful civil authority with intent to cause its overthrow or destruction. The four men charged in the indictment alongside Tarrio are Ethan Nordean, the Proud Boys’ sergeant at arms and chairman of his local branch; Joseph Biggs, an organizer of Proud Boys events; Zachary Rehl, who heads the Proud Boys’ Philadelphia division; and Dominic Pezzola, a proud New York boy who goes through “Spaz”.
The allegations allege that between December 2020 and January 2021, group members had “meetings and encrypted communications” to plan an uprising that prevented Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory over former President Trump. Prosecutors say the five defendants collaborated to intimidate members of Congress and law enforcement officials and get them to flee, preventing them from performing their official duties.
Text messages from proud boys are evidence in indictment
Prosecutors revealed Tarrio’s Jan. 6 text messages in which he ostensibly compared the attack on the United States Capitol to “The Winter Palace.” This event is when the house of the Russian Emperor was stormed during the Russian Revolution in 1917. Reportedly in the lyrics, Tarrio comments on Congress being evacuated from the chambers, unable to certify the vote of the Electoral College.
An unnamed person texts Tarrio, “Dude. Did we just influence history?”
Tarrio replied, “Let’s see how this plays out first,” before the Senate resumed the presidential election. The unnamed person writes back: “They MUST get certified today! Or it is invalid.” More than 800 people have been arrested for their alleged involvement in nearly all 50 states since the January 6 riots. The suspects will appear in court later this week.
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