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Proud Boys March on Long Island

Radicalized violent hate group taunts two diverse suburban communities

Brian Young's picture
Oct 19, 2021

On a sunny afternoon on the South Shore of Long Island, diner’s tranquil afternoon was broken by a street protest of far-right extremists. Walking down Main Street like Nazis in the 1930s, yelling into a bull horn and throwing up gang signs at the stunned members of the community, were members of the extremist organizations known as the Proud Boys and the Three Percenters.

In recent years both groups have gained attention from the public for their violent acts. Both groups took part in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, where their members teamed up with other far-right extremist groups to march with tiki torches while chanting Jews will not replace us. Their violence led to the death of one person, Heather Heyer who was run over by a car driven by neo-Nazi James Fields. Fields is currently in prison after being found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Heyer.

The Proud Boys were also present at the January 6th attack on the US Capitol. As of September, at least 15 Proud Boys have been arrested and are facing charges related to the January 6th attack. Three of the Proud Boys who were arrested, Christopher John Worrell from Long Island, Dominic Pezzola from Rochester, and William Pepe who worked for Metro-North, had ties to New York. In total 600 people have been arrested, including members of other far-right groups like the Oathkeepers.

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According to a video taken from the march on Long Island about 19 people took part as they marched through Bay Shore, New York.

After Bay Shore, the group appears to have moved about 20 minutes east to Patchogue where the Proud Boys were seen marching in the street behind a yellow truck emblazoned in Proud Boy symbols. In both instances, the group was blocking traffic in the street as they marched and yelled through a bull horn. Of course, this was all done without a permit to amplify sound or parade. Flags from both the Proud Boys and the 3%ers, another far-right militia group, were seen flying at the marches.

Sources tell UCOMM that the Proud Boys were seen at a community gathering before the march in an attempt to recruit new members to their organization, which appears to have formed in 2018. UCOMM can also report that numerous stickers were found throughout the Bay Shore downtown area that were advertising the Long Island chapter of the Proud Boys.

Spectators have said that while the march was going on, local police failed to respond to ensure the safety of the local residents. As anyone who has ever attended a union rally knows, the police are usually the first ones there once they get a whiff that there might be a protest, so it was a little jarring to hear that no police responded. However, UCOMM reached out to the Suffolk County Police who issued a statement saying

“The Department monitored demonstrations in Patchogue, and Bay Shore as well as a caravan of vehicles that traveled from Seaford to Montauk over the weekend, and there were no issues reported. The department remains committed to keeping protestors, residents and their fellow officers safe.”

Although the Proud Boys have been steeped in controversy since the January 6th attack, they have resurfaced over the summer. They have used anti-mask and anti-vaccine mandate rallies to recruit new members under the guise of defending freedom. The group also has a penchant for violence, with NPR reporting that over half of their rallies have turned violent. While the United States has not classified the group as a terrorist organization, likely because of their ties to Trump, the Canadian government announced on February 3 that the group of “western chauvinists” would be classified as a terrorist organization.

The Proud Boys were formed in 2016 by Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, the group is best known for its member Jason Kessler, who organized the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville last year. The group has also engaged in riots in a number of West Coast cities like Portland and Berkeley. In 2018, a McInnes speech in New York turned into a violent brawl outside of the Manhattan Republicans Club, where the group was hitting up stodgy old Republicans for donations to keep their group well-funded.

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While many of the Proud Boys wore masks to cover their identity, some were willing to show their faces. Below are pictures of the Proud Boys we have been able to unmask. If you can identify these men, please let us know by emailing desk@ucommblog.com.

 

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