Top DC cop charged with tipping off Proud Boys leader about his arrest

Washington DC cop is charged with tipping off Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio about his arrest – saying he ‘personally supports’ the group and doesn’t want their ‘name or reputation dragged through the mud’

  • Lt Shane Lamond, 47, is charged with obstructing an investigation while working as an intelligence officer 
  • He was responsible for monitoring extremist groups – including the Proud Boys – when they came to Washington for protests
  • Tarrio was being investigated over claims that he had destroyed a Black Lives Matter banner in December 2020  

A senior police officer has been charged after he tipped off Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio about his arrest in the weeks before the January 6 Capitol riots.

Metropolitan Police Lt. Shane Lamond exchanged several messages before the attack in 2021, even telling him that he ‘personally supports’ the extremist group

Lamond was responsible for monitoring groups like the Proud Boys when they came to Washington for protests, and had been serving as an intelligence officer for the city’s police department.

He is charged with obstructing an investigation into the destruction of a Black Lives Matter banner by Tarrio in December 2020.

The top officer is accused of making false and misleading statements to federal law enforcement regarding the investigation.

Metropolitan Police Lt. Shane Lamond exchanged several messages with Tarrio (pictured) before the attack in 2021, even telling him that he ‘personally supports’ the extremist group

Authorities say Lamond tipped  Tarrio  off after he stole a banner that read #BLACKLIVESMATTER from the Asbury United Methodist Church  and then set it ablaze

Lamond was indicted by a grand jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on one count of obstruction of justice and three counts of making false statements.

He worked as the supervisor of the Intelligence Branch of MPD’s Homeland Security Bureau and was in regular contact with Tarrio from July 2019 to January 2021.

The indictment claims that Lamond started using Telegram in July 2020 to leak information to Tarrio about police activity surrounding the Proud Boys.

Messages released in the indictment show Lamond and Tarrio discussing January 6 riots, with the Lt saying: ‘Of course, I can’t say it officially, but personally I support you all and don’t want to see you group’s name or reputation dragged through the mud. ‘

On the day of his arrest, Tarrio posted a message to other Proud Boys leaders that said: ‘The warrant was just signed’ after being informed by Lamond. 

Lamond went on to confirm that those who were at the riot would be charged with a felony and told several law enforcement officers that it was common for Tarrio to ‘fish’ for information.

He claimed that it was ‘more one-sided’ with Tarrio informing Lamond about the plans and movements of the Proud Boys.

When being interviewed by the FBI, Lamond claimed that he ‘didn’t inform him that he had an arrest warrant’.

Two days after the siege Lamond messages Tarrio to say: ‘Looks like the feds are locking people up for rioting at the Capitol. I hope none of your guys were among them.’

Tarrio was arrested on January 4 on the warrant for vandalizing the sign, and officers found two unloaded magazines emblazoned with the Proud Boys logo in his bag

Earlier this month, Tarrio and three other leaders were convicted of seditious conspiracy charges for what prosecutors said was a plot to keep then-President Donald Trump in the White House after he lost the 2020 election. 

Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl and Tarrio were all found guilty of the charges after they broke into the Capitol following the 2020 election.

The jury in Washington D.C. could not reach a verdict against a fifth man, Dominic Pezzola, with the others facing a maximum of 20 years in prison.

All four men face a range of charges, including three separate conspiracy charges, obstructing the Electoral College vote and tampering with evidence.

The case is one of the most serious brought in the unprecedented attack, which unfolded on January 6, 2021.

Tarrio, from Miami, was a top target of the Justice Department, which has now secured seditious conspiracy convictions against the leaders of two major extremist groups.

He was also convicted of obstructing Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s electoral victory and obstructing law enforcement as well as two other conspiracy charges.

The Proud Boys leader was cleared of an assault charge stemming from a co-defendant who stole an officer’s riot shield.

Tarrio has been behind bars since his arrest in March 2022, and led the neo-fascist group — known for street fights with left-wing activists — when Trump infamously told the Proud Boys to ‘stand back and stand by’ during his first debate with Biden.

He was jailed to 155 days in prison for burning the BLM banner torn down from a historic black church in DC and bringing two high-capacity firearm magazines to the nation’s capital shortly before the January 6 riot. 

Lamond is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Friday. He was placed on administrative leave by the police force in February 2022. 

His lawyer Mark Schamel told The Associated Press in December that Lamond is a ‘decorated veteran’ of the police department and ‘doesn’t share any of the indefensible positions’ of extremist groups.