2 members of Proud Boys convicted in brawl with Antifa protesters near UES GOP club

David Caplan
August 19, 2019 - 2:43 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Two members of the far-right group Proud Boys were convicted on Monday of attempted gang assault, attempted assault and riot for their part in a violent confrontation with Antifa protesters last October following an appearance by the founder of the Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes,  at the Metropolitan Republican Club on the Upper East Side. 

The jurors in State Supreme Court in Manhattan deliberated for a day and a half before delivering its verdict and rejecting claims by the two defendants, Maxwell Hare and John Kinsman, that they were acting in self-defense last fall when they beat four protesters. 

Hare and Kinsman were among 10 Proud Boys members who were charged in connection to brawl. With the verdict, all but one — who will be tried at a later date — have been convicted. All but three pleaded guilty.

Much of the trial focused on video of the incident from several sources, which showed the minute-long brawl from various angles.

None of the victims took the stand.