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Proud Boys leader asks for early release due to bad conditions in jail

19:54, 17 November 2021
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The far-right group’s chairman Henry “Enrique” Tarrio has asked a judge to end his five-month term beforehand because of the inhumane conditions he lives in.

Head of the far-right extremist movement Proud Boys Henry “Enrique” Tarrio has asked Judge Jonathan Pittman to reduce his 155-day term to 90 days or replace it with house arrest due to unacceptable living conditions he is experiencing in jail.

The Proud Boys leader convicted of burning a Black Lives Matter banner stolen from a historic Black church in Washington D.C. filed a complaint and testified during an online conference from prison. The D.C. Superior Court Judge has promised to consider the request but did it in a rather skeptical tone.

Tarrio has claimed that he has been harassed by correctional officers several times. He has also complained that his cell was occasionally flooded with dirty toilet water coming from an adjoining cell, as well as about constantly smoke-smelling rooms and insufficient medical care. Apart from it, he said that he was often deprived of running water and hot edible meals.

“I’ve been to jail before and what I’ve seen here, I’ve never seen anywhere else. This place needs to be shut down immediately,” the main Proud Boy said.

The federal lawyers admitted that there were problems in the prison, highlighting, however, that they were being solved and denied Tarrio’s claims. According to them, the floods were made by the neighboring inmate in protest against Tarrio and he was transferred to another cell adding that he was being treated like any other ordinary prisoner.

“I come back to the same question: How is Mr. Tarrio’s condition any different than any other inmate at the jail?” Jonathan Pittman asked.

The Proud Boys head was arrested on January 4, two days before the Capital riot. He did not participate in the action but was accused of destruction of property and attempted possession of a large-capacity ammunition feeding device.