A leader of the Proud Boys has asked a judge to release him early from a Washington DC jail based on the fact that the living conditions are inhumane.
He cited cold food and water turned off as some of his reasons.
What are the details?
During a court appearance on Monday, Henry "Enrique" Tarrio stated that he has faced inedible food, lack of medical attention, and unsanitary living conditions while he was at Washington DC's Central Detention Facility, as reported by The Washington Post and Associated Press.
"I've been in jail before, but what I've seen here, I've never seen before,” Tarrio let Judge Jonathan H. Pittman know via a video call from jail, according to Insider.
Tarrio has spent 70 days in jail out of his five-month sentence after burning a Black Lives Matter flag that was taken from a church while a Washington DC protest was going on.
Tarrio asked for an early release and to serve the rest of his sentence either at home or to have the sentence reduced to 90 days.
Lucas I. Dansie, Tarrio’s lawyer, revealed in court that his client’s food was “thrown” into his cell and that it was cold and couldn’t be eaten. He added that Tarrio’s water was shut off at one time as “punishment” and that toilet water from a different cell also flooded Tarrio’s cell.
Assistant US Attorney Paul Courtney, together with a lawyer representing the DC Department of Corrections, disputed these claims and stated that Tarrio should file a lawsuit instead.
Judge Pittman will be issuing a ruling, expected toward the end of the week.
"It's obviously distressing to hear of these conditions,” Pittman stated, pointing out that Tarrio is certainly not the only prisoner who has to deal with such conditions.
So, in his opinion, if Tarrio should be released, “why isn’t everyone else?”