The Proud Boys have been ordered to pay a $1 million fine for damaging a Black church.

Proud Boys face $1 million fine for vandalizing Black church in D.C., stemming from their December 2020 rally that turned violent.

July 2nd 2023.

The Proud Boys have been forced to pay a hefty $1 million fine for their abhorrent actions that resulted in the vandalization of a "Black Lives Matter" sign in front of a historically Black church in Washington, D.C. The incident happened in December 2020 when the far-right, neo-fascist group held a rally which escalated into racially-motivated violence.

The case was presided over by DC Superior Court Judge Kravitz who determined that the incident at Metropolitan AME Church was an "attack" brought on after Former President Trump's re-election loss. Four members, including leader Enrique Tarrio, Joseph R. Biggs, Jeremy Bertino and John Turano, were named and charged in the conviction against the entire group.

Judge Kravitz saw no possible justification for their actions and stated that it “resulted from a highly orchestrated set of events focused on the Proud Boys’s guiding principles: white supremacy and violence.“ The punishment went beyond the hefty fine, as the judge detailed the full parameters in a 34-page ruling. All of the members were forbidden to be near the property and were banned from making any threats or hateful comments publicly towards Metropolitan AME Church for the next five years.

Metropolitan AME Church stood by their decision to seek justice and sued the Proud Boys for the attack. Not only did they seek damages to fix the sign, but they also requested additional security to ensure the safety of the members and future activities.

On the winning verdict, Metropolitan AME Church Pastor Rev. William H. Lamar IV said in a statement to The Hill that their church remained resilient in proving to hate groups that they cannot be intimidated. He went on to say that the case was important in stopping acts of “political violence” from occurring again.

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