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Ethan Nordean Biography
Seattle Proud Boys leader Ethan Nordean, 30, has been indicted by the FBI for his role in the deadly assault on the United States Capitol on January 6.
Nordean, who also goes by the name Rufio Panman, is the self-described ‘Sergeant at Arms’ of the Seattle Chapter of the Proud Boys and urged his followers to ‘bring back 1776’ before the violent siege, according to a complaint filed by the FBI.
He has been charged in a federal court in the District of Columbia with obstructing or preventing official proceedings, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and complicity, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Nordean, who uploaded a video about Parler encouraging his companions to ‘Remember the day they decided to wage war with us’, in the days leading up to the siege, has also been accused of knowingly entering or staying in a restricted building or terrain and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, each of which carries a maximum penalty of one year in prison.
Nordean was ‘near the front of the crowd of rioters’ and was among those who breached the Capitol.
Nordean was seen in photos and videos marching at the head of the group with Joseph Biggs, the leader of the Proud Boys and an infamous conspiracy theorist.
Biggs was also arrested, along with Proud Boys member Dominic Pezzola, who was photographed smoking a cigar on Capitol Hill and spoke about the murder of former Vice President Mike Pence.
Nordean later uploaded a video to Parler on January 4 titled
Nordean then uploaded a video to Parler on January 4 titled ‘Remember the day you decided to wage war with us.’
The video shows Nordean and other Proud Boys dressed in tactical gear along with the phrase Back the YELLOW, which is commonly used to show support for the group, reads the complaint.
In another video posted on January 4, Nordean said the Proud Boys “would never look good [protecting the community], because violence doesn’t look good.”
Nordean added that the Proud Boys were going to “bring back that original 1776 spirit of what really established the character of what America is.”
Two days after the Capitol siege, Nordean posted a photo of himself captioned ‘Violent Extremist’ that the FBI criticized ‘as an effort to make light of public condemnation of Nordean and others’ involvement in the riot.’
Nordean also posted a photo on January 8 of a Capitol Police officer using pepper spray “with a caption celebrating derogatory police officers,” the complaint says.
“If you feel bad for the police, you are part of the problem,” Nordean wrote.
“Federal property matters more to them than protecting and serving the people.”
The Proud Boys have been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center watchdog organization.
Their actions belie their rejection of bigotry: Grassroots Proud Boys and leaders often spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists. They are known for their anti-Muslim and misogynistic rhetoric, ‘says a watchdog account.
On Wednesday, the Canadian government added the Proud Boys to its list of terrorist organizations, USA Today reported.
“Canada will not tolerate acts of ideological, religious or political violence,” said Public Security Minister Bill Blair.
A government official told the outlet that if a member engages in violence, he could face terrorism charges.
Giving money to the Proud Boys or buying merchandise from the organization would also be a crime, the outlet reported.