The brawl happened after Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes spoke at the Metropolitan Republican Club in the Upper East Side, which had been vandalized prior to his appearance, the New York Post reports. Shea said police are also pursuing charges against three anti-fascist protesters for their role in the altercation.
NY cops arrested three people on the scene for "taking a backpack" and after the fight the Proud Boys reportedly posed for a group photo giving the "OK" sign.
Shea said the security camera video shows one of the masked men throw something, possibly a bottle, at the Proud Boys.
Ahead of the speech, vandals smashed windows, filled a keypad lock with glue and spray-painted the doors of the Metropolitan Republican Club.
In total, nine members of the "Proud Boys," a right-wing, men-only activist group founded by Gavin McInnes, now of CRTV, could face charges.
A video by filmed by photojournalist Sandi Bachom shows Proud Boys beating people on the street while shouting homophobic slurs at several men as they kicked and punched people who laid on the ground.
Some of McInnes' supporters were heard chanting "I like beer", referencing comments made by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh during the United States Senate Judiciary Committee hearings regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegations. Police didn't immediately make clear if those in custody were affiliated with the Proud Boys or the group of protesters.
McInnes, who co-founded Vice Media in 2008 and left the company in 2008, created the Proud Boys in 2016. "Not in a Republican Party that is very close to Trump", said Cuomo.
Right-wing media such as Fox News ignored the aggression of the Proud Boys and characterized the brawl exclusively as left-wing violence.
'It is revolting to see white supremacists commit a hate crime on the streets of New York City - in full view of the NYPD - and for none of them to be arrested or prosecuted, ' Lancman said.