Violence during a New York City Proud Boys gathering made its way online. After going viral, video of the Proud Boys assaulting various protesters caused public outrage. To make matters worse, some of the video clearly shows law enforcement officials standing by without attempting to stop the situation.
Gavin McInnes, the founder of the group, has already been banned from posting to Twitter from his personal account and the groups account for repeatedly violating the social media website’s terms and policies. He was speaking to a crowd of Proud Boys members before the now viral video shows three of the members leaving the event.
The members immediately began assaulting at least three protesters who had been near the club. The Proud Boys can be heard yelling slurs and threats towards the protesters after throwing them to the ground. One photojournalist who was present during the assault told media outlets that the Proud Boys were kicking the protester in the head and beating him. One Proud Boy had his foot planted directly on the victim’s neck. The photojournalist, Shay Horse, explained, “It wasn’t really a fight because the three people never really got a chance to even stand up.”
The New York Police Department was criticized for not arresting anyone after the brawl. Instead, they arrested three “anti-racist” protesters. After much public outcry, the NYPD began reviewing the videos of the night. On October 18, they arrested Geoffrey Young for attempted assault and charges of rioting. He is the first member of the Proud Boys to be charged in connection to the event.
The three protesters who were arrested were all charged with multiple crimes including harassment, attempted assault, larceny, resisting arrest, assault and aggravated harassment.