Cuomo Slams 'Proud Boys,' GOP After NYC Brawl

'NY has zero tolerance for your bs'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2018 1:53 AM CDT
Governor Slams GOP, 'Proud Boys' After NYC Brawl
A counter-protestor from Proud Boys --a pro-gun, extreme-right group based in New York City-- hold a sign opposed to gun control, while marching along with demonstrators at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Fla..   (Cliff Grassmick/Daily Camera via AP)

The NYPD wants to speak to at least three people in connection with a violent clash between members of the "Proud Boys" far-right group and counter-protesters Friday night. 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. The NYPD tweeted photos of the "persons-of-interest" Sunday after complaints that police had failed to arrest Proud Boys members caught on video attacking counterprotesters, the Washington Post reports.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for police to review the videos and make arrests. He said he had requested assistance from the FBI. "Hate cannot and will not be tolerated in New York," he tweeted. "Here's a message from a Queens boy to the so-called 'proud boys' – NY has zero tolerance for your bs." He blamed Republicans for the clashes, accusing them of inviting McInnes to speak at their club to "fire up the base," the AP reports. There were also clashes between far-right protesters from the Patriot Prayer group and "antifa" counterprotesters in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, the Oregonian reports. Police broke up the clashes by firing pepper balls at brawlers, but no arrests were made. (Read more New York City stories.)

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