Judge awards a Black church $1M over BLM banner burned by Proud Boys during protest

A Washington D.C. judge has awarded more than $1 million in damages to a Black church after its Black Lives Matter banner was burned by the Proud Boys during a 2020 protest.

Order details: Superior Court Associate Judge Neal A. Kravitz barred the extremist group and its leaders from coming near the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church or making defamatory remarks for five years.
* The ruling was issued as a default judgment after the defendants failed to appear in court.

Background: The church’s two Black Lives Matter banners were destroyed and burned during clashes between pro-Trump supporters and counterdemonstrators in December 2020.
* The Metropolitan AME Church had sued the Proud Boys and their leaders for trespassing and destroying religious property related to bias conspiracy.

Key player: Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio publicly accepted he set fire to one of the banners.
* Tarrio pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor criminal charges of property destruction and attempted possession of a high-capacity magazine in July 2021.
* He was later sentenced to more than five months in jail.
* Tarrio and other members of the Proud Boys faced separate convictions for seditious conspiracy charges related to the U.S. Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.

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