Proud Boys Member Claims Government Threatening his Defense Witnesses

Established in 2016, Proud Boys is a far-right and entirely male group that promotes white nationalism as well as neo-fascism. The group of men is remarkably known for its political violence and involvement in the 6th January Capitol attack in Washington, D.C. in 2021.

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Following the attack, the group was charged with the allegations of seditious conspiracy against the government. Nevertheless, one of the members of the group, Ethan Nordean, has accused the Government of intimidating his defense witnesses.

Proud Boys member accuses the Government

In one of the recent court sessions last Thursday, Ethan Nordean’s lawyer David B. Smith mentioned a deliberate endeavor of the government to intimidate and threaten the defense witnesses of his client. Smith described an incident that happened to the chief witness of Nordean, Adrienna DiCioccio.

As per the report, DiCioccio knows the Proud Boys member closely and both were present at the Airbnb residence in Washington, D.C. a day before the Capitol attack. She stated that the group had no plans for violent circumstances during her first interview with the authorities.

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However, the court sought a second interview from DiCioccio. It was taken in her residence by two prosecutors and FBI agents, which was quite surprising for her. The interviewers didn’t seem satisfied with DiCioccio’s responses. Furthermore, they pointed at her son and indirectly told her that life without him would be tough for her.

Highlighting this incident, Nordean’s lawyer David B. Smith asserted that the defense witnesses of the Proud Boys member have been getting threatened by the authorities.

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What did the Proud Boys group do?

The Proud Boys group is known for its violent involvement in politics. It is also known as a street gang that conducts terrorist activities. It carried out the attack on the Capitol building on 6th January 2021 in support of the previous US President, Donald Trump.

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The Justice Department of the USA charged the male extremist group with allegations of seditious conspiracy. The department also mentioned that the group tried to go against the presidential transfer of power by force. All the core members of the group were arrested afterward, including the group’s leader, Enrique Tarrio, and other members, namely Ethan Nordean, Joseph Biggs, Zachary Rehl, and Dominic Pezzola.