Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

NYPD to Bring Charges Against 9 Proud Boys Members

NYPD to Bring Charges Against 9 Proud Boys Members

He urged the public to come forward with information that could help identify those involved.

"We have nine individuals. that we feel confident we can sustain charges of riot or attempted assault", NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told a Monday news conference.

It remained unclear Monday if the three arrested were part of the protests or the pro-Trump group.

Cuomo, a Democrat, 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. Anti-fascist protesters had gathered outside the building, prompting police to escort some of those inside the club in the opposite direction following the event. An altercation broke out about a block away around 8:30 p.m. ET.

Proud Boys members dressed in black polo shirts yelled homophobic slurs as they attacked at least three protesters. Police had been called in by the club to investigate, they said. 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. "Here's a message from a Queens boy to the so-called "proud boys" - NY has zero tolerance for your BS". Statewide Republican officials said the damage included smashed windows, a spray-painted door and a keypad lock covered in glue.

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The Proud Boys pummel an Antifa protester. It is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-extremism watchdog.

McInnes, who co-founded Vice Media in 2008 and left the company in 2008, created the Proud Boys in 2016.

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has directed the State Police Hate Crimes Unit to coordinate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and NYPD on the attack.

The note left at the club did not mention McInnes specifically, but accused Republicans of inviting "a hipster-fascist clown to dance for them, content to revel in their treachery against humanity". The NYPD contested that and said 48 officers were on the scene Friday with the primary mission to keep the two sides apart, arguing the police presence was more than adequate.

Councilman Rory Lancman said in a statement that he was outraged that no Proud Boys members ended up in handcuffs despite being seen fighting while police stood nearby.

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