Proud Boys to pay church $1 million for destroyed ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign and threatening church with violence

June 30, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Proud Boys organization must pay more than $1.03 million to the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in D.C., after a judge determined that members of the group damaged a Black Lives Matter sign displayed on the building’s front lawn and subsequently left threatening messages on the church’s voicemail back in 2020.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Neal E. Kravitz ruled that the December 12, 2020, rally by hundreds of Proud Boys members and supporters was an “attack” on Metropolitan AME Church that “resulted from a highly orchestrated set of events focused on the Proud Boys’s guiding principles: white supremacy and violence.”

Impact Trial worked alongside the outstanding attorneys from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to prepare and support their pro-bono client, Metropolitan AME Church, throughout this trial.

The case is Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church v. Proud Boys International, L.L.C. et al., case number 2021-CA-000004-B, in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia.