NYPD Release Footage of Proud Boys, Antifa Confrontation

3 Arrested in New York Violence After Far-Right Speech

He says he had directed the state police to assist the New York Police Department in a probe of the violence that took place Friday night between the Proud Boys and those protesting the speech.

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes hosted an event at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side on Friday.

The Proud Boys are often described as part of the far right or so-called alt-right by detractors, but others note their core tenents are a mix of libertarian and conservative principles and their founder has urged members to be careful not to let people in who are suspected of being part of the alt-right.

Following the speech at the club, a longtime gathering place for Republicans, more than a dozen members of the Proud Boys reportedly roamed the streets and clashed with counter-protesters. A note left at the scene claimed that the damage was "just the beginning".

McInnes acknowledged that some of his Proud Boys had been involved in the vicious attack afterward. Video shows a group of men dressed in black fighting with another group of men who appear to be Proud Boys members.

Three protestors from left wing militant group Antifa - Finbarr Slonim, 20, and Caleb Perkins, 35, of Manhattan and Kai Russo, 20, of Brooklyn - were arrested on assault charges following brawls after the event.

Both Democrats and Republicans in NY have seized on the incidents, each blaming the other for the events.

Cuomo, as he did on Sunday in a similar call, accused Republicans of seeking to use the event as a way to excite the GOP base ahead of the November general election. The governor wants the FBI to investigate, and he has asked the State Police hate crimes unit to look into the matter. "Hate speech is not protected as free speech".

The state Republican Party calls the comments "outrageous".

"The bottom line is that I hold the President responsible for demonizing differences, fanning the flames of racism and division and creating a fire of hatred and violence", Cuomo said. "He is about polarizing people".

Police are considering hate crime charges against supporters of a white nationalist group who were filmed attacking people and shouting homophobic slurs.

The campaign for Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for NY governor, says vandals also spray-painted a door, put glue in a lock and left a note behind warning the damage is "just the beginning".

State Republicans, in a statement, said they are the victims and were subject to vandalism and threats simply because they invited a controversial figure to give a talk at their club.

The campaign office of Marc Molinaro, the Republican candidate for governor, is located in the building. Cox says Cuomo is "all politics all the time", and that the governor has "cravenly politicized" the events.

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