Accused Proud Boys leader wants D.C. police officer to testify in his defense

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Attorneys for Proud Boys leader Henry “Enrique” Tarrio and his co-defendants on Friday said federal prosecutors threatened to charge a D.C. police lieutenant with obstruction of justice to prevent him from testifying as a key defense witness at their upcoming seditious conspiracy trial in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

D.C. police Lt. Shane Lamond could provide “very important” and exculpatory testimony indicating Tarrio and the Proud Boys “told police exactly where they were going to be” before their events in Washington, including the Jan. 6 demonstrations supporting President Donald Trump, Tarrio’s attorneys Sabino Jauregui and Nayib Hassan said at a pretrial hearing. There can be no conspiracy to overthrow the government, pertaining to the charges against Tarrio and others, if they were openly telling police their plans, Jauregui said.

The lieutenant, a 22-year veteran in the intelligence branch, was put on leave in February…

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This article was written by Spencer S. Hsu and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com