Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman, two members of the far-right group Proud Boys have been convicted of attempted gang assault, attempted assault, and riot for a fight that occured in New York City with Antifa members.
The group is known for not starting fights, but finishing them.
According to The New York Times,
That brawl mirrored clashes in other cities that had pitted far-right groups, calling for “free speech” or chanting nationalist and racist slogans, against leftists, including Antifa, who have physically confronted those they deem to be fascists or Nazis.
Although members of the male-only Proud Boys have battled leftists across the country, the trial in Manhattan appeared to mark the first time people connected to the group had been before a jury in connection to these incidents.
The jury deliberated for a day and a half before delivering its verdict. Mr. Hare was found guilty of attempted gang assault, riot and three counts of attempted assault. Mr. Kinsman was found guilty of attempted gang assault, riot and two counts of attempted assault. The jury also found that Mr. Kinsman’s actions were “justified” with respect to the lowest counts of attempted assault.
“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,” the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said in a statement following the verdict.
Mr. Hare and Mr. Kinsman face a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison on the top count, attempted gang assault. They are scheduled to be sentenced in October.
The bulk of the trial focused on video footage of the brawl which showed the minute-long fight from multiple angles.
Here’s the thing, none of the victims took the stand. If their accusers are not coming forward then these men shouldn’t be charged with any crime.
It’s not the job of the state to be the victim. They can’t be a vicarious victim for Antifa, and why would they even want to be?
There were a total of four Antifa members who were involved in the fight. The indictment refers to them only as Shaved Head, Ponytail, Khaki, and Spike Belt because no one was ever able to determine their names.
Even though the Antifa members should be arrested they never were because they couldn’t find out who they really were.
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