Op-ed | Proud Boys shouldn’t get a free ride from the NYPD

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On the websites of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League you will find terms such as right-wing extremist, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, misogynistic, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist used describe the Proud Boys and their affiliates. The group is known for hate based violence. Members have been convicted of being leaders and co-conspirators in the deadly insurrection that took place on Jan. 6, 2021.

This begs the question of Why the NYPD would escort this hate group onto the subway for free, as shown after a recent anti-drag queen hour rally in Queens during which the Proud Boys participated. What truly offends the targets of the Proud Boys hate is that the mayor defended the police and didn’t condemn the group.

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