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NYPD “stand and watch” right-wing group film savage beating

Members of the far-right “Proud Boys” clashed with demonstrators, culminating in a savage beating. The NYPD arrived and did nothing. Now New Yorkers are wondering why.

 

 

Members of a far-right group were filmed not only beating up a protester, but also bragging about it afterwards. The NYPD arrived on the scene, but made no arrests, and now many New Yorkers are wondering why.

The video shows around a dozen men repeatedly kicking the man who is lying on the sidewalk. Police arrive on the scene, but the khaki pants-wearing assailants slip out of frame. One man can be heard shouting, “Look at my MAGA hat.”

 

 

This all took place outside the Metropolitan Republican Club, the venue for a speech made by Gavin McInnes, founder the Proud Boys, a Potemkin collective of self-described “Western chauvinists”. Former Proud Boys member Jason Kessler helped organise the infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.

In analysing the clip, the anti-extremism watchdog, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) identified three of the attackers as Proud Boys members.

 

 

Three men were also arrested in what seems to be a separate incident after McInnes’s talk, according to the NYPD. The SPLC believes that those three assailants were left-wing protesters.

In another video, Proud Boys members are shown bragging about the assault. “Dude, I had one of their fucking heads, and I was just fucking smashing it in the pavement!” one person says. Others shout the Proud Boys motto, “Fuck around, find out.”

Photojournalist Shay Horse, who documented one attack, said police were “standing there and watching while doing absolutely nothing.”

The chair of the New York City council’s justice committee, Rory Lancman, criticised the NYPD in the New York Times: “How could we not arrest and prosecute white supremacists committing hate crimes in Manhattan…the police rolled up and didn’t arrest anyone.”

 

 

The NYPD didn’t answer questions about the videotaped beating.

On a video posted to the Proud Boys’ Facebook page, McInnes is carrying a sword, holding aloft a mask which he says they stole from anti-fascist protesters. Another Proud Boy member ends the video saying, “we’re all right, no cuts no bruises, just Antifa loses.”

 

 

 

 

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