Police Looking For 'Proud Boys,' Antifa After Brutal Manhattan Brawl


The event headlined by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes led to a clash between members of the group and anti-fascist protesters near the Metropolitan Republican Club.

After a brutal brawl that broke out when left-wing Antifa members "intercept [ed]" a group of right-wing "Proud Boys" in Manhattan Friday night, police say they are looking for a total of twelve people caught on video resorting to violence, including three Antifa and nine Proud Boys. Later on, however, the NYPD said that "several police officers leaving the event observed an assault happening blocks away at 84th Street and 3rd Avenue" and "immediately engaged the group". Video footage of the encounter shows more than a dozen members of the group either beating up protesters or screaming slurs at them.

Before McInnes had spoken at the event, New York Republicans, including Chairman Ed Cox and Republican gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro, called on Cuomo to condemn vandalism at the building in protest to McInnes's visit.

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.

Right-wing media such as Fox News ignored the aggression of the Proud Boys and characterized the brawl exclusively as left-wing violence.

No bottle was recovered at the scene, according to Chief Monahan, who also said that everyone involved quickly dispersed.

The incident followed a speech at the Metropolitan Republican Club by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, where he reenacted the samurai sword assassination of Japanese socialist leader Inejiro Asanuma, calling it an "inspiring moment."

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Police say the NYPD is reviewing YouTube video of the incident and that more arrests are possible. "New York will not become the next Charlottesville, and we refuse to let the actions of a hateful few define out City".

"Why would the Republican Party at their main club invite the Proud Boys?"

The NYPD is asking anyone with information on the fights to come forward, and said it was investigating if the attacks were hate crimes. If you see these, feel free to take them down.

For example, the New York Police Department on Monday announced plans to arrest nine members of the Proud Boys for their role in starting a brawl last Friday outside the Metropolitan Republican Club. It is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-extremism watchdog.

"If you know anything, the NYPD wants your help", he tweeted Saturday night.

Two of the men were seen on video kicking a man lying on the sidewalk, and the other was seen punching someone as they tried to leave the area.

The NYPD said that no one has filed a complaint with the department in connection with this violent incident.