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NYPD says three more arrests were made in connection with a street brawl after a speech Oct. 12 by the founder of a right-wing group
Two other men were arrested last week; it's not clear if they were Proud Boys members. Three protesters were arrested the night of the brawl
The NYPD has said it is also looking into the Proud Boys organization itself; the Southern Poverty Law Center lists it as a hate group
Three more people have been arrested in connection with a Manhattan street brawl involving members of a far-right group and protesters, the NYPD said Monday.
Police made the arrests after combing through photos and videos posted on YouTube that showed the violent clash a week and a half ago after Proud Boys' founder Gavin McInnes' speech at an Upper East Side Republican club.
The fight started when a masked protester threw a bottle, leading kicks and sidewalk punches. No serious injuries were reported.
The NYPD arrested three protesters the night of the brawl, Oct. 12, and said at the time said it was looking for a dozen more suspects -- nine Proud Boys members and three protesters. Two additional people were later arrested. Though it wasn't clear if they were Proud Boys members, McInnes had told The New York Times he had been arranging for the people from his group wanted for questioning to surrender to authorities.
On Monday, the NYPD said it had charged three more people -- 41-year-old Irvin Antillon, of Queens, 40-year-old Douglas Lennan, of Northport and 26-year-old Maxwell Hare, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania -- with riot and assault. Hare also faces charges of gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon.
The charges are similar to the ones the two people arrested last week -- Geoffrey Young and John Kinsman -- face. The NYPD hasn't said whether any of the most recent five arrests are Proud Boys members or protesters.
Attorney information for the men wasn't immediately available. Court records listed none for Young and Kinsman; they were arraigned Friday.
The NYPD says it is also looking into the Proud Boys group itself.
In a statement Monday, Queens councilman Daniel Dromm said of Antillon, "It is sickening to learn that an alleged member of the Proud Boys is a resident of Jackson Heights, a neighborhood known worldwide for its acceptance of diversity."
Dromm said the Proud Boys and their "fascist, sexist far-right" agenda have no place in the neighborhood. "As an out gay elected official, I will stand up to protect our neighborhood from the destruction that this organization is attempting to impose on our country and our community," he said. "Jackson Heights residents value our long tradition of being a place that is welcoming of everyone."
The male-only Proud Boys describe themselves as "western chauvinists." The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated them as a hate group.
The Republican club was vandalized ahead of McInnes' appearance. Damage included smashed windows, a spray-painted door and a keypad lock covered in glue.
A note left at the scene claimed that the damage was "just the beginning."