More than $100,000 has been raised on GiveSendGo, a free Christian fundraising site, for the legal defense of Henry "Enrique" Tarrio, who was arrested Monday after burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic Washington, D.C., church.
Tarrio, the 36-year-old Afro-Cuban international chairman of the far-right Proud Boys group, was banned from entering the District of Columbia. Since the court order prevented Tarrio from participating in the pro-Trump events on Wednesday, he took to the social networking site Parler and promised legal support to any member of his group who gets arrested for their role in the riots.
"To those that are currently being hunted by the tyrannical government and media...Unless you destroyed property or assaulted an officer... (Which is serious but they've dropped those charges for anarcho-Communists)…they can only charge you with trespassing. Do not let them scare you with anything else. This is the time to say F**K THE SYSTEM," said Tarrio in a written statement to his members. "We will find attorneys to represent you if needed. We will help raise you money for your legal defense. You are not alone. All of you helped when I needed it the most. So I am forever in your gratitude and I will always be here for you."
Tarrio allegedly burned a banner that was stolen from Asbury United Methodist Church during a December rally and then challenged authorities to arrest him for doing so.
Tarrio said in a message on the fundraising campaign that he was arrested on January 4 and that "this fund has been created to fund my legal defense and counter suit against the city of Washington DC [sic]."
As of Friday, more than $113,000 has been raised out of the $200,000 goal.