Cuomo blames Trump, Republicans over protest clash

Minnie Murray
October 19, 2018

It was not clear whether the three arrested men were supporters or protesters of the Proud Boys, whose members have been accused of white supremacy and anti-Semitism.

Just before this fight, The Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes was speaking at the Metropolitan Republican Club. Three people have been arrested, but elected officials were outraged over videos posted online of the violence, saying they showed Proud Boys members were involved and should face consequences.

The Proud Boys have attracted media attention for vowing to fight back against Antifa, the pro-communist group that often appears at free speech and pro-President Donald Trump rallies to shut them down and attack people. Police did not say which group started the altercation, but members of both groups were reluctant to talk with police about the incidents.

What happened outside the Metropolitan Republican Club on Friday?

"It is revolting to see white supremacists commit a hate crime on the streets of New York City - in full view of the NYPD - and for none of them to be arrested or prosecuted", Lancman said. Police didn't immediately make clear if those in custody were affiliated with the Proud Boys or the group of protesters.

After the McInnes event at Manhattan's upper-crust Republican Party mainstay, the Proud Boys went to work attacking various passersby who they believed to be anti-fascist protesters. 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. A note was allegedly left attributing the vandalism to McInnes's upcoming appearance.

"There was an honorable Republican Party in New York", Cuomo said.

Cuomo has asked the New York State Police and the FBI to assist the NYPD in its investigation of the incident.

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

NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Monday police recovered multiple videos of the incident, and have spoken to witnesses and sources as they work to put together what took place in the moments after Proud Boys and associates left the Manhattan club.

However, BuzzFeed News reported that McInnes was not present for Friday night's attack, having been escorted out of the Metropolitan Republican Club earlier with a samurai sword in hand. It is also seeking information regarding persons-of-interest seen in video already reviewed.

"The NYPD will continue to work with our federal and and state law enforcement partners to keep New York City the safest big city in the nation". "No complaints have been filed".

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