"It's approximately 38 seconds between when six dressed in black with masks throw bottle to the uniformed officers arrive on scene with the scooters". The video shows one of the protesters tossing something at Proud Boys members, who then whale on them, kicking and punching them and calling them "f--ts". Hate has no place in NY. "Anyone, from any group, who wishes to take part in violence. will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted". Police said there were no serious injuries in the fights and that they were reviewing footage to determine if other crimes were committed.
So far the NYPD has made three arrests connected to the brawl that erupted a few blocks from the Metropolitan Republican Club.
The Proud Boys even waited to do a group photo after the fights.
Vandals spray-painted the doors of the Metropolitan Republican Club in NY, seen in this photo from Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
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. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the Proud Boys and their leaders "regularly spout white nationalist memes and maintain affiliations with known extremists". The club's Facebook event for the speech described him as the "rebel of the right" and "banned from Twitter - this Godfather of the Hipster Movement has taken on and exposed the Deep State Socialists and stood up for Western Values".
New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Democrat) declared in a statement Saturday that the city has no tolerance for the Proud Boys. "Not in a Republican Party that is very close to Trump", said Cuomo. "I called for, and I repeat today, for every Republican elected official to repudiate the Proud Boys".
Cuomo has asked the New York State Police and the FBI to assist the NYPD in its investigation of the incident.