On Friday, a police officer was arrested on charges that he lied about giving private information to the leader of the far-right extremist group Proud Boys and tried to stop an investigation into what happened when members of the group destroyed a Black Lives Matter sign in the nation’s capital.
An indictment says that Lt. Shane Lamond, 47, of the Metropolitan Police Department in Stafford, Virginia, told former Proud Boys national leader Enrique Tarrio that there was a warrant out for his arrest because of the destruction of the banner.
Tarrio was arrested in Washington, DC, two days before members of the Proud Boys joined a mob on January 6, 2021, to storm the Capitol. This month, Tarrio and three other members of the group were found guilty of plotting to overthrow the government and keep then-President Donald Trump in office after he lost the 2020 election.
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Lamond was charged with one count of obstructing justice and three counts of making fake statements by a federal grand jury in Washington. He is supposed to go to court for the first time on Friday.
Jurors who found Tarrio guilty heard that Lamond told the leader of the Proud Boys a lot of inside information about how law enforcement worked in the weeks before the Capitol raid.
Less than three weeks before the Jan. 6 riot, Lamond told Tarrio that the FBI and U.S. Secret Service were “all spun up” because of a claim on an Infowars internet show that the Proud Boys were going to dress up as fans of President Joe Biden on the day of the inauguration.
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Lamond told Tarrio in a message on December 25, 2020, that police investigators had asked him to name Tarrio from a photo. Lamond told Tarrio that the cops might try to get a warrant to arrest him.
Later, on the day he was arrested, Tarrio sent a message to other Proud Boys leaders that said, “The warrant was just signed.”
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