NYPD seeks suspects in brawl between Proud Boys and protesters

3 arrested in NYC clashes following speech by leader of far-right Proud Boys group

3 arrested after New York street brawls following far-right event

Proud Boy members beat some of the protesters, according to videos from the scene.

'Hateful and violent behavior has no place in New York City, and those responsible must be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law'.

The incident took place outside the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan, following a speech from Proud Boys leader Gavin McInnes. "They were beating the shit out of him and kicking him in the head".

Several elected officials expressed outrage over the violence and blamed the Proud Boys, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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.

"The NYPD is also now reviewing additional video and other evidence from events last night to determine if other crimes were committed and, if so, identify those perpetrators and make further arrests as warranted", the NYPD told Bustle in a statement.

Later on Monday afternoon, the NYPD's top uniformed officer, Chief of Department Terence Monahan, and its chief of detectives, Dermot Shea, held a news conference in which they explained in greater detail what had happened late last week, and what the department was trying to do about it now.

When asked why police officers did not make arrests on the spot at one of the fights, officials said everyone involved in the brawl dispersed when two to three officers on scooters arrived.

Ahead of that event, the Metropolitan Republican Club was vandalized, the New York Times reported, with anarchist symbols over the doors and windows broken. "We do invite speakers to the Club with differing political points of view - some we agree with and some which we do not".

State Republicans, in a statement, say that 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.

"I heard them screaming and swearing at some guy on the ground", Horse told BuzzFeed.

"The state Republican Party organized this".

Molinaro-who along with other top Republicans were criticized by Gov. Cuomo for remaining silent on the issue - also expressed regret that he didn't speak out sooner, saying he didn't realize just what the Proud Boys were and that his role as the top of the state Republican ticket cried out for him to say something. Police didn't immediately make clear if those in custody were affiliated with the Proud Boys or the group of protesters. "You have proven yourself to be unworthy of your responsibilities".

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