DC Police lieutenant arrested and charged for tipping off Proud Boys leader about arrest warrant

A D.C. Metropolitan Police lieutenant was charged this week with tipping off former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio about a warrant for his arrest just before the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, NBC News reported.

Shane Lamond, 47, who oversaw the intelligence branch of the D.C. Police, was indicted on one count of obstruction of justice and three counts of making false statements. He was charged by a federal grand jury with obstructing the investigation into the burning of a Black Lives Matter banner on the streets of D.C. back in 2020 by Tarrio.

Tarrio and Lamond communicated “at least 500 times” between July 2019 and January 2021 “using cloud-based messaging services, including Google Voice, Apple iMessages, and Telegram, an encrypted messaging application,” the indictment said. They sent approximately 145 messages using a disappearing message function on Telegram.

After Jan. 6, Lamond and Tarrio continued communicating, with Tarrio telling Lamond he thought he “could have stopped” the riot.

“Of course I can’t say it officially, but personally I support you all and don’t want to see your group’s name or reputation dragged through the mud,” he Tarrio in a message.

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Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.