NYPD Searching for 12 After Brawls Near Right-Wing Speech

New York AG pushing for investigation into rightwing mob’s attack in Manhattan and looking for witnesses

New York AG pushing for investigation into rightwing mob’s attack in Manhattan and looking for witnesses

Three people were arrested in New York City following violent clashes after a speech by the founder of a far-right group, and police said Saturday they were reviewing video of the clashes and could make additional arrests. Hate has no place in NY.

The brawl happened after Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club in the Upper East Side, which had been vandalized prior to his appearance, the New York Post reports.

In total, nine members of the "Proud Boys", a right-wing, men-only activist group founded by Gavin McInnes, now of CRTV, could face charges.

"We believe we have valid [reason for the] arrests for those nine individuals to include charges of riot and attempted assault", NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a press conference, adding that the raps could be upgraded. "Here's a message from a Queens boy to the so-called "proud boys" - NY has zero tolerance for your BS".

"So the president is on the stump today saying 'the Democrats are a mob, the Democrats will bring chaos, they are leftists, ' and then coincidentally, the Republican Party in the State of NY invites a group known for violence and for hate speech".

City Councilman Rory Lancman, also a Democrat, said video shows police officers were at the scene of an assault by Proud Boys members but did not arrest anyone from the group. Police did not say which group started the altercation, but members of both groups were reluctant to talk with police about the incidents.

Damage included smashed windows, a spray-painted door and a keypad lock covered in glue, according to state party officials.

In the wake of the melee, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blamed Republicans and President Trump for the violence. A note was reportedly left saying the attack "is merely a beginning".

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