New York City police on Thursday night made its first arrest of a member of the violent far-right group the Proud Boys for his involvement in a violent clash with anti-racist protesters outside a Manhattan Republican club last Friday.
The New York Police Department announced that Geoffrey Young, 38, was arrested at his home in the suburb of New City. He was charged with misdemeanor rioting and attempted assault.
After a speech at the Upper East Side’s Metropolitan Republican Club last week by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, members of the group brawled with protesters on the sidewalk outside. The fist-fights were caught on surveillance video from multiple angles, leaving observers questioning why no Proud Boys were arrested at the scene.
Three anti-racist protesters were taken into custody that night on assault, petit larceny and harassment charges.
Besides Young, the NYPD is still working to identify and arrest eight more Proud Boys and three protesters. They have asked for the public’s help in identifying these individuals.
The Proud Boys are a “Western chauvinist” men’s group founded in 2016 by McInnes. Their members are known for fraternizing with avowed neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and for engaging in violent street fights with opponents.