NYPD to Bring Charges Against 9 Proud Boys Members

3 Arrested in New York Violence After Far-Right Speech

The fight, which was caught on surveillance video, occurred near the Metropolitan Republican Club around 8:23 p.m. following a speech by Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes.

Photojournalist Shay Horse, who was there, told Buzzfeed News Proud Boys members ganged up on Antifa demonstrators.

The Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that monitors extremist activity, classifies the Proud Boys as a hate group due to its alleged use of anti-Muslim and white nationalist rhetoric.

The three arrested face assault charges and were awaiting arraignment Saturday in Manhattan criminal court.

The video (below) seems to confirm NYPD's account, with Antifa members initially throwing objects and punches and the right-wing group quickly responding in kind. That led to speculation the department did not have the resources it needed to respond to the violence.

Police say the NYPD is reviewing YouTube video of the incident and that more arrests are possible. "Any and all information on those individuals, we continue to seek information".

But the only arrests that were made that night were in connection to another incident, involving three protesters who allegedly assaulted a New Jersey man as he left the talk.

The Republican Club had been vandalized ahead of the speech, with officials saying the damage included smashed windows, a spray-painted door and a keypad lock covered in glue.

Molinaro tweeted photos showing that the NY state Republican headquarters had had windows smashed, door locks filled with glue, and "anarchy" symbols spray-painted on the entrance.

The comments were blasted by some Democrats as well as Republicans. Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, called on Cuomo to condemn the vandalism and "call for calm on the political left". "We do invite speakers to the Club with differing political points of view - some we agree with and some which we do not". It ended with 30 proud boys pummeling a guy on the ground screaming "ARE YOU BRAVE NOW FAGGOT?!"

Another brawl, also connected to McInnes' speech, broke out nearby a short time later, Shea said.

"The state Republican Party organized this". Police didn't immediately make clear if those in custody were affiliated with the Proud Boys or the group of protesters.

Members of the City Council and the state Assembly went a step further, calling on State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox to step down.

"You can not be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about", said Clinton during an interview with CNN. "You have proven yourself to be unworthy of your responsibilities".

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