Geoffrey Young, 38, of New City, New York, was arrested at his home Thursday night for rioting and attempted assaults, police told BuzzFeed News.
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The incident occurred on Friday after an event at the Metropolitan Republican Club that recruited Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to reenact the samurai sword assassination attempt on Japanese socialist leader Inejiro Asanuma
"Banned before Twitter – This godfather of the hipster movement has taken over and debunked the Deep State Socialists and championed Western Values, "the club said in an ad for the event on its Facebook page.
McInnes, co-founder of Vice Media, was suspended by Twitter in August, along with the group's main account, @ProudBoysUSA, for violating his policy against "violent extremist groups".
After McInneine's speech, a large group of Proud Guys who left the event were filmed, forcing two or three apparent demonstrators near the club and yelling at them with threats and denigrations.
"I heard her scream and sweat Ringing a guy on the floor," said Shay Horse, a photojournalist who witnessed the incident, on Saturday opposite BuzzFeed News. "They blew the shit out of him and kicked him in the head – a guy had his foot on the guy's neck."
"It was just a blow – it was not really a fight, because the three people never really got it Chance to even get up, "Horse said.
Officers present at the scene did not arrest members of the Proud Boys immediately after the beatings, and police did not tell BuzzFeed News Why
The NYPD previously told BuzzFeed News that police officers had been ordered to oversee the protest at the Metropolitan Republican Club on East 83rd Street and that there had been no incidents at this location.
The beating took place about two blocks away
In a separate nighttime incident, the police arrested three people who were called "anti-racist protesters" by a senior lawyer from the Legal Aid Society for attacking an event participant ,
The Persons – identified as Caleb Perkins, 35; Kai Russo, 20; and Finbarr Slonim, 20 – were charged on Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court.
All three are charged in two cases for assault and charges of theft, harassment, attempted harassment and harassment. Perkins also has to resist arrest.
NYPD ignored several emails from BuzzFeed News on Saturday and asked why the Proud Boys members were not arrested for the attack. In a phone call following emails on Saturday, the police said they were "researching an answer."
The department later said in a statement that it is reviewing videos and evidence to determine if further crimes have been committed
There is nowhere in New York City where there is no violence, and the NYPD will do everything in its power to do so to ensure public safety. "
Several New York-elected representatives – all Democrats – spoke out about the violence and called the New York Police and New York City District Attorney's Office to challenge the Proud Boys, who were hated by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the FBI to investigate the group's incidents and also led the Hate Crimes Unit to coordinate with the FBI and NYPD "and any additional acts of violence or discrimination "by the proud boys throughout the state.
"Authorities must immediately review these videos and make arrests and prosecutions accordingly," Cuomo said in a statement. "Hatred can not be tolerated in New York."
Cuomo asked why the club invited a "hate group with a history of incitement to violence." He also blamed President Trump for "demonizing differences, fueling the flames of racism and division, and fueling a fire of hatred and violence."
New York public advocate Letitia James called on the NYPD to arrest all Proud Boys involved in the violence ,
"I'm disturbed and disgusted by the videos I've seen of members of the neo-fascist, white supremacist group, Proud Boys, who deal with hate-filled mafia violence in the streets of New York City," she said James: "New York will not be the next Charlottesville, and we refuse to have the deeds of a hateful couple define our city."
James said she would also press the prosecutor for "the clear homophobic and immigrant Feelings, expressed in the videos. "
New York Justice Minister Barbara Underwood repeated the feelings and said on Twitter that" hatred in New York has no place. "
" This justifies an immediate and thorough investigation by the NYPD to bring the perpetrators to justice, "said Underwood, whose bureau declined to comment.