DC police lieutenant charged with obstructing probe into Proud Boys leader
A D.C. police lieutenant was arrested and charged Friday with obstruction of justice and making false statements over allegations that he leaked information to then-Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio, who was convicted of seditious conspiracy last month for his role in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.
The Justice Department announced Friday that Shane Lamond, 47, was indicted by a grand jury in D.C. with one count of obstruction of justice and three counts of making false statements.
Lamond was repeatedly mentioned throughout the course of the nearly four month seditious conspiracy trial over his ties to Tarrio.
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The indictment unsealed Friday alleges he obstructed the government's investigation into Tarrio for his burning of a Black Lives Matter flag in December 2020 by telling the Proud Boys leader law enforcement had a warrant out for his arrest.
Lamond is further alleged to have given confidential law enforcement information to Tarrio that in turn passed along to other Proud Boys members.
When Lamond was interviewed in June 2021 by law enforcement, he allegedly lied about his contacts with Tarrio multiple times, the indictment alleges.
Lamond's alleged conduct is "not consistent of our values and our commitment to the community," the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement Friday.
A 24-year veteran of the department, Lamond was put on administrative leave in February 2022.
The department is also conducting an internal investigation.
Lamond pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon to all four counts and walked out of the courtroom with restrictions on his travel pending trial.
He will be forced to surrender his passport and report his travel to the court.
His defense attorney did not object to the conditions of his release and Lamond said he would "absolutely" follow those rules.
"We need to get this case to trial," defense attorney Mark Schamel told the court. Adding that "every news organization in the world" is interested in the case.
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