A Washington, D.C., police officer was arrested and charged Friday for allegedly obstructing an investigation into former Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio, according to the Justice Department, after the officer leaked confidential information to Tarrio and other members of the far-right group.
Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Shane Lamond was charged Friday with one count of obstruction and three counts of making false statements, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Lamond, 47, allegedly told Tarrio that law enforcement had issued an arrest warrant for him, after Tarrio—who was later sentenced to 155 days in jail—burned a Black Lives Matter during a protest in December 2020.
Lamond also allegedly lied about his relationship with Tarrio during an interview with federal investigators in June 2021, according to the indictment, which cites messages sent between the two starting in July 2019.
In the weeks before the January 6 riot, Lamond told Tarrio the FBI and U.S. Secret Service were “all spun up” after an Infowars segment suggested Proud Boys members were planning to dress as supporters of President Joe Biden during his inauguration and asked Tarrio whether the group would be present during a rally held by Trump supporters.
The Metropolitan Police Department will conduct an internal investigation into the incident after Lamond’s court proceedings have concluded, spokesperson Paris Lewbel told CNN.
Two days after the January 6 riot, Lamond said in a Telegram message to Tarrio: “Of course I can’t say it officially, but personally I support you all and don’t want to see your group’s reputation dragged through the mud.”
Tarrio and three other Proud Boys members were convicted last month of seditious conspiracy, following four months of court proceedings. Prosecutors argued Tarrio organized and directed an attack on the Capitol and cited messages that indicated the group would keep former President Donald Trump in power “by any means necessary, including force.” Tarrio’s attorneys unsuccessfully called for Lamond to testify in Tarrio’s defense, suggesting Lamond was attempting to prevent Tarrio and the Proud Boys from causing violence, according to the Associated Press.
Lamond was placed on administrative leave in February 2022 after an investigation linked him with Tarrio and the Proud Boys, a group formed in 2016 by Vice cofounder Gavin McInnis, according to the Washington Post. The group was described by McInnis as an all-male club for “Western Chauvinists,” and became known for their involvement in street brawls and face-offs with left-leaning protestors in recent years. When Trump was asked about far-right extremist groups and the Proud Boys during a debate in September 2020, he responded, “Proud Boys, stand back and stand by,” and added, “Somebody’s got to do something about antifa and the left.” Lamond, who supervised the intelligence branch of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau, served with the department for 24 years. Mark Schamel, Lamond’s attorney, previously suggested Lamond’s relationship and communication with Tarrio was never inappropriate, adding he was a “decorated veteran” and “doesn’t share any of the indefensible positions” of the Proud Boys or other extremist groups.
Four Proud Boys Found Guilty Of Seditious Conspiracy Over January 6 (Forbes)
D.C. Police Lieutenant Suspended Over Alleged Ties To Right-Wing Group (Washington Post)
On February 12th, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that Justin Windon, an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, was charged with leaking confidential information about people involved in a Peaceful Protest to a leader of the Proud Boys organization.
The announcement was made in tandem with an indictment that was issued on February 5th for the leader of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio. According to reports, Tarrio is accused of leading a “Reconnaissance Mission” in Washington, D.C., to gather information to interfere in the 2020 election.
While investigating Tarrio’s activities, Justice Department Officials reportedly discovered that Justin Windon, a current officer of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, had illegally provided Tarrio with confidential police documents. These documents allegedly contained the personal information of people involved in a Peaceful Protest on August 16th of 2020.
After reviewing the evidence, Windon, a four-year veteran of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, was charged with one count of “accessory after the fact”. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
The U.S. Department of Justice is urging anyone with knowledge of disrupted activities that may have been conducted during the Peaceful Protest to contact their local Federal Bureau of Investigation office.
These disturbing events bring to light the possibility of officers of the law being complicit in attempts to disrupt the will of the American People. The U.S. Department of Justice has made it clear that they will not tolerate any officers of the law protecting, attempting to enable, or collaborating with those who wish to undermine our democracy.
The United States will continue to ensure that the safety of the American People is of the utmost importance, and that those who threaten it will be held accountable.