Now, two local judges from the Washington, DC, Superior Court have ordered Tarrio to attend a court hearing on February 22 to explain why his bail shouldn’t be revoked, following a dispute over whether Tarrio has stayed in touch with DC court officials while awaiting trial.
One judge said Tarrio allegedly “violated conditions of release,” while a separate judge said he “has not reported by phone as required, and is deemed a loss of contact,” per court filings.
Federal investigators said Tarrio’s arrest was timed to keep him out of DC on January 6, but many Proud Boys were among the rioters who stormed the Capitol.
Tarrio took responsibility for the burning of the Black Lives Matter banner in December in a post on the social media website Parler. He also took responsibility in a podcast interview in December, referring to himself as the “person that went ahead and put the lighter to it and engulfed it in flames.”
The Proud Boys, known for their aggressive men’s rights philosophy and clashes with Antifa, have become a central target for prosecutors in Washington as they piece together the extent of coordinated activity at the Capitol.
Investigators have built out charges related to their fundraising efforts ahead of the insurrection.