The three arrested face assault charges and were awaiting arraignment Saturday in Manhattan criminal court.
The Metropolitan Republican Club's decision to invite the far-right Proud Boys to an event last week may have crossed a risky line that puts America one step closer to embracing fascism, according to historian Robert Paxton.
The Daily Beast reports the NYPD determined there's enough to charge nine Proud Boys and three protesters with counts of rioting and attempted assault.
The incident followed a speech at the Metropolitan Republican Club by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes, where he reenacted the samurai sword assassination of Japanese socialist leader Inejiro Asanuma, calling it an "inspiring moment."
NYPD have released footage of a October 12 fight between members of far-right group, the Proud Boys, and anti-fascist Antifa activists. No serious injuries were reported, however, and police said the victims refused medical attention.
Though the group denies any connection to the alt-right, its members have spread white nationalist memes, partook in the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia and aligned themselves with neo-Nazis.
Gavin Mc Innes in Tel Aviv March 2017
"There is no tolerance for violence anywhere in New York City, and the NYPD will do everything in its power to ensure public safety", the statement said.
The clashes appeared to be between the Proud Boys and groups that were protesting McInnes' speech.
The club had invited McInnes as part of its speaker series, but the building also has served as headquarters for New York Republicans since 1902. The NYPD contested that and said 48 officers were on the scene Friday with the primary mission to keep the two sides apart, arguing the police presence was more than adequate.
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.
"This is not about the First Amendment", Cuomo said. The vandals also left a threatening note, saying, "This is only the beginning".
Proud Boys, a misogynistic and anti-Muslim fraternity known for acts of political violence, has been characterized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Following the violent encounter, which took place after a Republican event in New York City, BuzzFeed News reported that the Proud Boys were not arrested, but the protesters were. "If you know anything, the NYPD wants your help", De Blasio said in a statement. "Hate can not and will not be tolerated in NY".More news: How to watch Sixers vs. Celtics