D.C. police officer arrested, accused of leaking info to Proud Boys leader

May 22, 2023

A Washington, D.C., police lieutenant was arrested on Friday, May 19, after he was accused of telling the leader of the far-right Proud Boys, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, that he would be arrested for his actions before, during, and after the January 6, 2021, Capitol attack, reports The Washington Post.

Shane Lamond, a 24-year veteran of the D.C. police and then the department’s head of Intelligence, was indicted on one count of obstruction of justice and three counts of making false statements—and was scheduled to be arraigned later Friday in U.S. District Court in Washington, prosecutors said.

Lamond, 47, of Stafford, Virginia, was in touch with Tarrio, who was arrested on January 4, 2021, for his part in burning a Black Lives Matter flag stolen from an historic African American church weeks earlier. Tarrio and three other Proud Boys leaders were convicted of seditious conspiracy in the Capitol riot earlier this month.

In his trial, Tarrio’s defense argued that his communications with Lamond showed the Proud Boys did not conspire to commit violence and that the group had shared its plans with law enforcement.

But Tarrio’s prosecutors and Friday’s indictment cited other messages showing how much Lamond was sharing with Tarrio during the weeks leading up to the attack. Prosecutors alleged in Tarrio’s trial that Proud Boys’ anger at police deepened when they received advance word that Tarrio would be arrested in Washington and that it contributed to their planning for violence in opposing federal authority—a key element of their convictions.

Lamond, who was suspended with pay from the D.C. police a year ago, could not immediately be reached for comment.

His attorney, Mark E. Schamel, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the indictment. Schamel has described his client’s contacts with Tarrio as professional and part of his work to obtain intelligence and prevent clashes between the Proud Boys and other groups. Lamond’s wife had posted on social media that her husband was being criticized for doing his job.

In a statement in February, Schamel said his client did nothing to aid January 6 rioters and “was only communicating with these individuals because the mission required it.” He added that Lamond “was instrumental” to Tarrio’s arrest and that “there is no legitimate law enforcement officer who is familiar with the facts of this case who would opine otherwise.”

The indictment is a black mark against the D.C. police department, which has otherwise been lauded for rescuing the understaffed and unprepared Capitol Police force during the siege. D.C. officers—many in riot gear and many of whom were injured—became the face of the fight to defend the Capitol and lawmakers from the mob.

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