Members of the Proud Boys have been ordered to pay the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church $1.03 million for vandalizing and burning a “Black Lives Matter” sign in 2020 during protests in Washington , DC .
On Saturday, Washington, D.C., judge Neal Kravitz ordered leaders of the Proud Boys to pay more than $1 million in damages to the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. The judgment resulted from a lawsuit filed against named and unnamed members of the extremist street gang by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, on behalf of the church.
The judge issued a default judgment, since none of the defendants in the action appeared in court. Several are currently incarcerated, having been found guilty for their roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection.
The Proud Boys is a white supremacist group that aligns itself with former President Donald Trump. The organization was formed in 2016 during Trump’s first presidential election.
The senior pastor of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Rev. William Lamar IV, praised the decision in a statement.
“Our church is rooted in the theological vision that humankind is one family. Institutions like ours must continue to lead the way toward a new narrative and white supremacist institutions must be an erased element,” he said.