"There is no tolerance for violence anywhere in New York City, and the NYPD will do everything in its power to ensure public safety."Police told The New York Times that the Metropolitan Republican Club had been vandalized with anarchist symbols hours ahead of McInnes" appearance there on Friday".
But some of the far-right supporters' stragglers were met by masked protesters, sparking a brawl that spilled on the the streets, police said. Nobody from the Proud Boys was taken into custody then, even though video that was posted - and later removed - by one of their own members showed Proud Boys openly admitting to having committed crimes at the scene.
A spokeswoman for the state Republican Party called Cuomo's comments "outrageous".
State Republicans, in a statement, say that they are the victims and were subject to vandalism and threats simply because they invited a controversial figure to give a talk at their club. However, BuzzFeed News reported that none of those arrested were Proud Boys members.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is also speaking out about the incidents that took place, asking the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into it as well as the state police Hate Crimes Unit.
District 24 Councilmember and Queens district attorney candidate Rory Lancman said it was "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".
The NYPD is defending its preparedness for Friday night's event before violence between a far-right group and anti-fascist activists broke out, reports CBS2's Alice Gainer. Three people were arrested.
"New York City is tougher than the Proud Boys", tweeted City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
Police spokesman J. Peter Donald said the department was reviewing video and would make other arrests as warranted.
"Why would the Republican Party at their main club invite the Proud Boys?" If you see these, feel free to take them down.
The NYPD released photos of three men they want to question in connection with the Friday night violence.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said Monday that police recovered multiple videos of the incident and have spoken to witnesses and sources as they piece together what took place in the moments after Proud Boys and associates left the the Metropolitan Republican Club in Manhattan.
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. Cuomo asked, pointing out that they have been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.