Alieutenant for the Metropolitan Police has been accused of colluding with Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio before his arrest before the Jan. 6 riots.
According to evidence presented in federal court on Wednesday, Metropolitan Police Lt. Shane Lamond allegedly warned Tarrio about the warrant that had been signed for his arrest.
During the sedition trial for the Proud Boys, prosecutors presented text messages between Lt. Lamond and Tarrio that implied Lamond kept Tarrio in the know about police activity surrounding their investigation into the Proud Boys.
On Dec. 18, 2020, Lamond asked Tarrio if he called in an anonymous tip claiming responsibility for burning a Black Lives Matter Flag taken from a historic Black church.
Tarrio responded that he did “more than that” and had posted it on his social media.
“They may be submitting an arrest warrant to the U.S. Attorney’s office,”
Lamond wrote to Tarrio
A week later, Lamond informed Tarrio that MPD’s criminal investigation department had its sights set on the Proud Boys leader after he was identified in a photo he posted to Parler, which showed Tarrio kneeling next to a Black Lives Matter flag he had just burned.
On Jan. 4, 2021, two days before the Capitol Riots, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio was arrested.
According to court documents, on the same day of the arrest, settings had been changed in the message log between Tarrio and Lamond so that messages would self-destruct.
During a December 2020 Million MAGA march, Lamond asked Tarrio if he should “let our uniformed officers know” where “Antifa” was staying during the march.
Five Proud Boys, including Tarrio, face sedition as well as other charges in connection with the Capitol riots Jan. 6.