After almost a week, Proud Boys members finally arrested for brutal attack on protestors in NYC
Members of Proud Boys, a far-right men’s group that the Southern Poverty Law Center qualifies as a hate group, were recorded on video brutally attacking protestors on October 12, after an event where the group’s founder, Gavin McInnes, spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club. The video, captured by Shay Horse, a photojournalist from Brooklyn, went viral on social media.
Almost immediately, arrests were made. Shocking many, those arrested were not part of the Proud Boys group.
Instead, the New York Police Department arrested protestors. Now, the NYPD has finally arrested two Proud Boys members. The first to be arrested was Geoffrey Young, who was charged with rioting and attempted assault on Thursday.
The second arrest came Friday morning. John Kinsman was charged with attempted gang assault, attempted assault, riot, and criminal possession of a weapon.
The New York Post reports that at an arraignment on Friday night, prosecutors referred to Kinsman as the “single most vicious” Proud Boys member.
In an episode of his podcast, Get Off My Lawn, McInnes gloated about his alleged law enforcement connections. He basically defended the assault on protesters, saying they created a “climate of fear.”
Disturbingly, he went on to claim that he has “a lot of support in the NYPD.”
In response, the NYPD tweeted this: