Three Members Of Alt-Right ‘Proud Boys’ Arrested On Assault, Robbery Charges After Violent Clash: Report
Three white supremacists were arrested on assault and robbery charges in New York City on Friday following a violent clash after a speech by the founder of the “Proud Boys,” a male-only, far-right group.
Kai Russo, Caleb Perkins, and Finbarr Slonim were arrested late Friday following clashes after a speech from “Proud Boys” founder and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes at the Metropolitan Republican Club. Perkins was also charged with resisting arrest, according to The Hill.
Police said the department is reviewing additional video “and other evidence” to determine whether any other crimes were committed. If so, investigators said, they would identify perpetrators and make further arrests “as warranted.”
Multiple videos posted on YouTube and Twitter show altercations between the Proud Boys and groups that were demonstrating against McInnes’s speech.
“The NYPD is fully investigating last night’s attack involving the Proud Boys. If you know anything, the NYPD wants your help. Hate is never welcome in NYC and we will punish those responsible — whether they threw punches or incited violence — to the fullest extent of the law,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Saturday.
New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood tweeted, “I’m disturbed and disgusted by last night’s attacks involving the so-called ‘Proud Boys.'”
“Hate has no place in New York. This warrants immediate and thorough investigation by the NYPD to bring the perpetrators to justice,” she added.
New York’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) also issued a statement Saturday night, warning the “Proud Boys” organization against future acts of violence.
“Authorities must view these videos immediately and make arrests and prosecute as appropriate,” Cuomo said in the statement according to the report. “Here’s a message from a Queens boy to the so-called ‘proud boys’ — New York has zero tolerance for your BS.”