NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Three people were arrested in New York City following violent clashes after a speech by the founder of a far-right group, and police say they are reviewing video and may make additional arrests.

According to authorities, Finbarr Slonim, Kai Russo, and Caleb Perkins were taken into custody after police arrived at the Metropolitan Republican Club around 8 p.m. on Friday.

The violence erupted following a speech by Gavin McInnes, the founder of the male-only far-right group the Proud Boys, who describe themselves as “western chauvinists.”

Videos posted on YouTube show clashes between the Proud Boys and groups that were protesting McInnes’ speech.

New York City Public Advocate Tish James called for additional arrests in connection to the melee, and encouraged Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance to pursue hate crime charges.

“I am disturbed and disgusted by the videos I’ve seen of members of the neo-fascist, white supremacist Proud Boys group in hate-fueled mob violence in the streets of New York City,” James said in a statement posted to Twitter. “New York will not become the next Charlottesville, and we refuse to let the actions of a hateful few define out City.”

Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement calling for further investigation into the violence.

“Hate cannot and will not be tolerated in New York,” the statement read. “Here’s a message from a Queens boy to the so-called ‘proud boys’ – New York has zero tolerance for your BS.”

The NYPD says it’s unclear if the three men arrested were affiliated with either group, and added the department is reviewing video and will make other arrests “as warranted.”

Earlier in the day, police began a search for vandals who damaged and spray painted anarchist symbols outside the same Upper East Side club.

Two men were spotted at around 1:45 a.m. breaking windows at the club, which is located at 83rd Street between Park and Lexington Avenues.

Vandals damaged the Metropolitan Republican Club on Oct. 12, 2018. (credit: CBS2)

The vandals sprayed anarchist graffiti on the door, glued locks shut and damaged a keypad entrance system before running away.

Vandals damaged the Metropolitan Republican Club on Oct. 12, 2018. (credit: CBS2)

They also left a message at the scene promising more acts of violence.

Vandals left a note after vandalizing the Metropolitan Republican Club. (credit: CBS2)

“Our attack is merely a beginning. We are not passive, we are not civil, and we will not apologize,” the message read.

It also denounced the conservative founder of a right-wing men’s organization – who appeared at the club last night.

“This is an act of political violence done by cowards in the middle of the night,” said New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox. “There’s no doubt what they intended to do.”

Vandals damaged the Metropolitan Republican Club on Oct. 12, 2018. (credit: CBS2)

Cox said attacks on buildings can lead to attacks on people, and some of the same words in the statement – “we will not be civil” – were used by Hillary Clinton recently.

“We call upon Mrs. Clinton, we call upon Governor Cuomo, we call upon Senator Schumer, and we call upon Senator Gillibrand and all Democratic officials, whether elected or otherwise, to condemn this act of violence,” Cox added.

Anyone with information or video of either incident is asked to call NYPD Tips at 1-800-577-TIPS.

(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (95)
  1. Christian Martyr says:

    NY thanks to the corrupt dictators Cuomo and Wilhelm is now the Northeast North Korea and must be labeled a terror state. Appropriate travel bans and warnings by the State Department are in order

  2. Andrew Russell says:

    I don’t think that some of the folks who support Antifa even know what it means. If you look at the original Anti-Fascist movement, it emerged within the Slovene minority in Italy (1920–1947) when the original Fascists (the Italian Government) attempted to deprive the anti-fascists of their culture, language and ethnicity.

    Those were the good, honorable, and justified anti-fascists.

    With the Allied nations defeated most of Europe’s fascist governments in world war 2, anti-fascism changed. Both conservative historians (like Norman Davies) and libertarian left writers (like Loren Goldner) have argued, “anti-fascism” became the official ideology of anarchists and Stalinist parties.

    What are those?

    Anarchy is a rebellion against any authority, established order, or ruling power with no intention to establishing any other system of order in the place of the order which is destroyed.

    Stalinism promoted the escalation of class conflict, utilizing violence to forcibly purge society of claimed supporters of the bourgeoisie (the conventional middle class). Stalinism regards the middle class as a threat to the pursuit of the communist revolution, and Stalinism resulted in substantial political violence and persecution of members of the Middle Class.

    So, what’s a communist revolution?

    A communist revolution is a proletarian revolution that aims to replace capitalism with communism, typically with socialism as an intermediate stage.

    And, what is a proletarian revolution?

    A proletarian revolution is a social revolution in which the working class attempts to overthrow the bourgeoisie (Middle Class).

    And, what is Communism and that socialism as the middle step?

    Communism is a political theory derived from Karl Marx, advocating class war and leading to a society in which all property is publicly owned and each person works and is paid according to their abilities and needs.

    Socialism is a political and economic theory of social organization that advocates that all means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

    Capitalism is an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.

    The odd thing in the USA is that much of the Antifa movement seems targeted to the “Non-working Low to middle Class”.

    Traditionally, most of the movements above targeted the “Working Class”, but the working middle class is relatively content today as far as day-to-day life (politics aside).

    Most of the new antifa appeals seem to be aimed at students, academics, professors, government workers, non-working spouses, unemployed, and those dependent on government.

    And, in most of the protests… you simply have to throw in a few Anarchists and rabble raisers suggesting that conservative speech is a form of violence that should be met with Physical Violence… and things devolve.

    That is (in my own words) why I think that many Democrats may be blind (or at least short sighted). I pulled those definitions straight from dictionaries… so I’m not trying to be provocative. I’m just chaining together history and terms that are commonly and openly used.

    Folks use those words, but I don’t think they understand the meanings. That’s what I mean by misguided.

  3. Cuomo and de Blasio, both Democrats, want a big investigation. Where were you during the 2016 election when many Trump Republicans were assaulted by Antifa? The same group that was in front of the NY Republican GOP headquarters?

    The Democrats only tolerate violence when they do it.

  4. Dave Head says:

    I wonder what hate-filled speech was given. Maybe the guy said something like, “I support the Constitution of the United State of America.”

  5. Keith Warden says:

    BAHAHHAHA Gavin Mcinnis is part a a “Far Right” group now? BAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Get your facts straight sir.

  6. Clegg Jensen says:

    We have the right to peacefully assemble. We DO NOT have the right to vandalize, assail, stalk, harass, block traffic, or bang on the doors of the Supreme Court. WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE.

  7. Mike France says:

    Democrats behaving badly

  8. Terrie Lawson says:

    New York City Public Advocate Tish James should review who she is slandering/supporting.

    “… neo-fascist, white supremacist Proud Boys …” um, proud boys are anti fascism, free speech activists, open to any race, group group of men who proud of being men, hunting, camping, working, providing, etc…. and since antifa usually, in most of the videos I’ve seen, starts the fights she is showing her bias towards supporting the anti free speech, violent, criminal group antifa.

  9. Django Campos says:

    We’re going to stop all this hate by…hating you?

  10. Antifa is far whiter than Proud boys yet the latter is labeled ”white supremacist.” ”Neo Fascist” would more aptly apply to the commies as well.

  11. full of crap news report as usual for the msm!

  12. Jamie Irwin says:

    Antifa and the radical leftists are the true fascists. This is another in a string of Kristallnachts they have perpetrated recently. And the fascists (Antifa) are correct: this isn’t the last. They are just getting organized now, like their brothers in Nazi Germany going on a century ago.

    This is the face of the radical left, which has taken over the DemoRat Party and so now is considered mainstream, and receives cover by the media and prominent ‘Rat politicians. To every decent American still out there, I ask, like what you see? This is what you’ll have, only on steroids at a national level, if you vote power to the ‘Rat Party.

  13. Vox Veritas says:

    This is who Democrats are. This is what they do. Stop pretending you didn’t know.

    See Hillary ‘Mrs. Stainmaker’ Clinton, Maxine Waters, Eric Holder, B. Hussein Obama, and James T. Hodgkinson.

  14. Fat chance NYPD and DA will do anything about this attack. Bet the cops are just going through the motions, filing the reports, as directed by the Mayors Office, this will die. As for those arrested bet their already out on bail and will not be around for trial if their is one!. Hate crime prosecution against “White Victims” that’s a real laugh.

  15. Pro Trump Right wing nazis are creating are creating chaos , then blaming a mythical group called “ANTIFA” – this is a FALSE FLAG from the FAR RIGHT.
    Do not be fooled. FAR right Pro Trump Nazis MUST BE DEFEATED.

    I support all media that is willing to destroy the Proud boys, esp. individual members. Expose and destroy them. this is the only method that works on Nazis.

    These violent “Proud boys” just need to come out. It is okay to be gay in 2018.

  16. Paul Clayton says:

    Antifa, New York Governor Cuomo, and the newz media, all in cahoots to intimidate and silence their political opposition. Who the hell does Cuomo think he is? The King of New York? Are most New York state folks okay with this commie turd setting up his own commie fiefdom?

  17. Laurie Burnell says:

    I am against violence. I am also against a clearly biased news piece who declares The Proud Boys to be the violent group, when Antifa, a proven and repeatedly violent group destroyed property and probably instigated the violence. There are people that are getting sick of not fighting back. This is just what Antifa and the far leftists want. Really stupid to give in to violence.

  18. Baby Mario decries the “right wing hate groups” who did NOTHING but exercise their free speech meanwhile Baby Mario mentions nothing of the Anarchists, terrorists and vandals.

  19. noseitall says:

    Does anyone know how to get rid of the stupid video popping up on the right side of the screen?

    1. Among mainstream destinations, the CBS family of websites is the absolute worst ‒
      I’ve had to reload this page three or four times just to respond.

      And two or three videos playing simultaneously?

      If it wasn’t for Drudge, I’d never come here at all (I hope he’s getting a sizable paycheck for all the referrals.) Someone at CBS needs to be FIRED.

      And this is to say nothing of the atrocious, embarrassingly biased journalism.

  20. noseitall says:

    This is exactly why we must keep voting out these leftists.

  21. Matthew Dunnyveg says:

    Yep, anybody smart and sophisticated enough to be a liberal knows that we Americans hit these post-American liberals first after they hit us back.

    If this makes no sense to you, count your blessings that you’re not a liberal.

  22. Leonard Wood says:

    Why the hell is this group labeled far right?? I can guarantee that if these people really label themselves “western chauvinists” that us that are really conservatives (the real right) do not claim them and will not claim them because we don’t think that way. Or do they just label them far right because Antifa attacked them?? Either way this article is complete B.S. judgmental crap before any real investigation has been completed.

  23. H.d. Rennerfeldt says:

    THESE SOROS ANTIFA HAS ONE SERIOUS FLAW
    Soros is using this OLD Communist hate group to
    mimic 1930’s hatred for the Naziis as fascists.
    Their tactics is the definition of Fascism themselves.
    The Fascist plan for Dividing the country continues
    under his direction.

    WE MAY WELL GET TO USE THOSE BRAND NEW GUNS
    we bought under the Obama regime to fight the enemies within.
    ~

  24. Not a single comment here indicating support for this agitprop masquerading as straight news.

    CBS, take a hint.

  25. These virtue-signalling Democrats all need to be sued for libel and slander ‒ most of all, the oafish Son of Spachim, who somehow became governor of the once-great state of New York.

  26. Public advocate? This parasitic sweathog is a cheerleader for criminals…

  27. Anarchists = no authority, no government rule, lawlessness.
    Leftists = all-powerful state, big government rule, fascism.
    Strange bedfellows; Can any of these brain-dead losers square that circle for the rest of us?

    1. When you understand that, regardless of the labels they give themselves, they’re all actually communists, it becomes obvious.

  28. Emilio Juarez-Soto says:

    This article is purposely devoid of facts (or it is just atrocious reporting) because Antifa most likely are the aggressors. The media has to follow their BS narrative. Good job CBS.

  29. anitfa…..”STOP RESISTING! STOP RESISTING!…….

    see b.s…………fah white! fah white……..

    everything we’re seeing here is astro-turfing/larping and propaganda. stop buying into it.

  30. Gary Arpon says:

    The Democrat Party cannot tolerate free speech.

  31. “Civil War here we come, doo, dah, doo,dah”. I know what side I am on. Whether or not it is the right side,don’t know, don’t care. That is the beauty of war, whoever wins is by definition the right side. All of these liberal fools and GOP cowards think they are in charge but when anarchy actually hits, and I’m convinced it is coming, only real warriors and leaders are in charge and all of these fools we have “leading” us now we’ll be running for cover. Trump 2020.

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