Ethan Nordean, pictured, has been arrested by the FBI over his participation within the Capitol siege
Seattle Proud Boys chief Ethan Nordean, 30, has been charged by the FBI for his participation within the lethal storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6.
Nordean, who additionally goes by the identify Rufio Panman, is the self-described ‘Sergeant of Arms’ of the Seattle Chapter of the Proud Boys and urged supporters to ‘deliver again 1776’ forward of the violent siege, in accordance with a complaint filed by the FBI.
He has been charged in federal courtroom within the District of Columbia with obstructing or impeding an official continuing, which carries a most penalty of 20 years in jail, and aiding and abetting, which carries a penalty of as much as 10 years in jail.
Nordean, who uploaded a video on Parler encouraging his fellow members to ‘Allow them to bear in mind the day they determined to make battle with us’, within the days earlier than the siege, has additionally been charged with knowingly getting into or remaining in restricted constructing or grounds and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, which every carry a most penalty of 1 yr in jail.
Nordean, proven circled contained in the Capitol, is the self-described ‘Sergeant of Arms’ of the Seattle Chapter
Nordean admitted to being a ‘violent extremist’ in a put up made to Parler two days after the siege
Nordean, pictured, posted a video to Parler on January 4 titled ‘Allow them to bear in mind the day they determined to make battle with us’
Prosecutors allege that Nordean was ‘close to the entrance of the gang of rioters’ and was amongst those that breached the Capitol.
Nordean was seen in pictures and movies marching on the entrance of the group with Joseph Biggs, the self-described chief of the Proud Boys and an infamous conspiracy theorist.
Biggs has additionally been arrested, together with Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola – who was pictured smoking a cigar within the Capitol and talked about killing former Vice President Mike Pence.
Ethan Nordean, left, is pictured with Robert Gieswein, proper, who was one of many first to enter the Capitol
Gieswein, circled left, was one of many first rioters to enter the Capitol after a window was damaged by Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola, circled proper
The FBI recognized Nordean, circled, contained in the Capitol via pictures and movies posted on-line
Photographs and movies from January 6 present Nordean on the entrance of the road of rioters going through off with Capitol police
Nordean, proper, posted a photograph to Parler wearing paramilitary gear two days earlier than the siege
Photographs and screenshots of movies included with the grievance present that Nordean ‘was amongst those that entered the U.S. Capitol constructing after rioters compelled entry and pushed previous Capitol Law enforcement officials.’
‘Nordean was an energetic poster on the social media website Parler, the place he recognized himself as ‘Rufio Panman’ and utilized the username @REBELRUFIO,’ the grievance reads.
Posts Nordean made to Parler point out that he and different Proud Boys deliberate to try ‘to overwhelm police barricades and enter america Capitol constructing,’ the grievance reads.
Nordean posted to Parler seeking to get hold of paramilitary gear for the group to put on in the course of the violent siege.
Nordean indicated he was prepared to ‘battle’ in a put up shared to Parler, in accordance with the FBI
Nordean, who glided by the identify Rufio Panman on Parler, recognized as a Proud Boy on his account
Nordean, circled, is seen sporting yellow, the colour of the Proud Boys, on this proof picture
Gavin McInnes, heart, is the founding father of the Proud Boys group – which has now been designated a terrorist group by the Canadian authorities
‘Anybody seeking to assist us with security/protecting gear, or communications gear it might be a lot appreciated, issues have gotten extra harmful for us this previous yr, something helps,’ he posted to Parler on December 27.
WHO ARE THE PROUD BOYS?
Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes began the all-male Proud Boys in 2016. McInnes and the Proud Boys have described the group as a politically incorrect males’s membership for ‘Western chauvinists’ and deny affiliations with far-right extremist teams that overtly espouse racist and anti-Semitic views.
The Alabama-based Southern Poverty Legislation Heart designated the Proud Boys as a hate group, saying that its members usually unfold ‘outright bigotry’ and ‘anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric’ over the web, and have posted social media photos of themselves with distinguished Holocaust deniers, white nationalists and ‘identified neo-Nazis.’
Present nationwide chief of the Proud Boys, Enrique Tarrio, marched within the notorious Charlottesville Unite the Proper rally in 2017.
Proud Boys have been concerned in a sequence of high-profile violent clashes at political occasions.
In New York Metropolis in October 2018, police arrested a number of Proud Boys members who brawled with anti-fascist protesters following a speech by McInnes at a Manhattan Republican membership.
Proud Boys members even have incessantly clashed with counterprotesters at rallies in California and Oregon.
Most just lately, the group took half within the siege on the Capitol on January 6, the place some members have been seen breaking into the constructing.
In February, they have been designated a terrorist group by Canada.
Nordean later uploaded a video to Parler on January 4 titled ‘Allow them to bear in mind the day they determined to make battle with us.’
The video present Nordean and different Proud Boys wearing tactical gear together with the phrase Again the YELLOW, which is usually used to point out assist for the group, the grievance reads.
In one other video posted January 4, Nordean stated that Proud Boys have been ‘by no means going to look good [protecting the community], as a result of violence would not look good.’
Nordean added that the Proud Boys have been going to ‘deliver again that unique spirit of 1776 of what actually established the character of what America is.’
Two days after the Capitol siege, Nordean posted an image of himself with the caption ‘Violent extremist’ which the FBI lambasted ‘as an effort to make gentle of the general public condemnation of Nordean’s and others’ participation within the riot.’
Nordean additionally posted an image on January 8 of a Capitol Police officer deploying pepper spray ‘with a caption celebrating disparaging law enforcement officials,’ the grievance reads.
‘If you happen to really feel dangerous for the police, you might be part of the issue,’ Nordean wrote.
‘They care extra about federal property than defending and serving the individuals.’
The Proud Boys have been designated a hate group by the watchdog group Southern Poverty Legislation Heart.
‘Their disavowals of bigotry are belied by their actions: rank-and-file Proud Boys and leaders usually spout white nationalist memes and keep affiliations with identified extremists. They’re identified for anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric,’ reads a story from the watchdog.
On Wednesday, the Canadian authorities added the Proud Boys to its listing of terrorist organizations, USA Immediately reported.
‘Canada is not going to tolerate ideological, spiritual or politically motivated acts of violence,’ Public Security Minister Invoice Blair stated.
A authorities official instructed the outlet that if a member engages in violent acts, they might face terrorism fees.
Giving cash to the Proud Boys or shopping for the group’s merchandise would even be against the law, the outlet reported.