3 arrested after NY street brawls following far-right event

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2018

The Democratic governor on Sunday called the invitation to Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to speak at the Metropolitan Republican Club a political tactic to fire up the Republican base ahead of the midterm elections.

Proud Boys describes itself as a "pro-Western fraternal organization". No serious injuries were reported, however, and police said the victims refused medical attention.

Following the speech at the club, a longtime gathering place for Republicans, more than a dozen members of the Proud Boys reportedly roamed the streets and clashed with counter-protesters. Video from both events spread like wildfire across the internet, but while there have yet to be any charges in the Portland incident, NYPD arrested three men over the weekend and announced additional charges on Monday.

The campaign for Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for NY governor, says vandals also spray-painted a door, put glue in a lock and left a note behind warning the damage is "just the beginning".

Cuomo has asked the New York State Police and the FBI to assist the NYPD in its investigation of the incident.

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'It is revolting to see white supremacists commit a hate crime on the streets of New York City - in full view of the NYPD - and for none of them to be arrested or prosecuted, ' Lancman said.

"The NYPD is fully investigating last night's attack involving the Proud Boys", de Blasio tweeted Saturday.

During a trip to Israel in 2017, McInnes said that his visit was making him anti-Semitic, that Israelis have a "whiny paranoid fear of Nazis", and that Jews were ultimately responsible for World War II.

The Upper East Side Republican Club where McInnes spoke was vandalized before Friday's event.

The damage was discovered Friday.

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