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Two members of the far-right extremist group the Proud Boys were convicted of attempted gang assault, attempted assault, and riot for their part in a fight with anti-fascist protestors in New York City last October, The New York Times reports.

Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman were accused of beating four antifa protestors reportedly tied outside the Metropolitan Republican Club in New York City last October, following a speech by founder Gavin McInnes (McInnes resigned from the group last year). Hare and Kinsman both claimed they were acting in self defense, but the jury in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan ruled against them.

Hare and Kinsman will return to court October 11th to face sentencing. They both face a maximum sentence of up to 15 years for the most serious count, attempted gang assault.





In a statement, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said, “As violent extremism rises in America, a Manhattan jury has declared in one voice that New Yorkers will not tolerate mob violence in our own backyard. These defendants transformed a quiet, residential street into the site of a battle-royale, kicking and beating four individuals in a brutal act of political violence.”



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Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman arrive for their trial at the State Supreme Court Building in Manhattan, Aug. 14, 2019.



Hare and Kinsman’s trial was centered around video of the altercation, as none of their alleged victims took the stand because they declined to speak with police after the incident. And while the protestors would have also been subject to arrest for their role in the fight, charges were never brought because authorities were never able to identify them (in documents, they were referred to as “Shaved Head,” “Ponytail,” “Khaki,” and “Spike Belt”). As a result of their unwillingness to come forward, though, prosecutors were only able to pursue attempted assault charges against Hare and Kinsman, as regular assault charges require evidence of injury.

Hare and Kinsman’s attorneys spent much of the trial trying shore up their clients’ self-defense claims by putting the blame for the fight on antifa (at one point Kinsman’s lawyer even suggested that the loose-knit organization was secretly working with the New York DA’s office). In turn, prosecutors argued that the Proud Boys were an inherently violent group and focused on video footage in which Hare and Kinsman could be seen taunting protestors and bragging about their exploits during the brawl.
 

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God damn how hard is it to get away with beating the fuck out of these black hooded fuckers?
The problem is that these guys were all leaving some big conference, everyone had seen their faces, they were on cameras. The antifags were hooded up and hadn't started the evening making a public appearance. If they'd had a bit more 'trigger discipline' they wouldn't be in the situation they are.
 

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I don't like the Proud Boys either and it appears these two guys were being stupid as fuck, but let's be real here. This was in Manhattan, and if the sides were reversed, how likely would the Antifa members get the exact same sentence?

While New York City isn't quite as bad as Portland or certain parts of California, it's still a very deep blue city with a lot of hipsters who openly support Antifa and wealthy liberals who see them as useful idiots, and Manhattan is both the most left-leaning part of the city and the most wealthy.

If the exact same situation happened in a right-leaning area where the Proud Boys had a lot of support and two Antifa guys got an excessively harsh sentence, I'd still be fairly pissed.
 
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