Talk about a double standard…
A member of the far-left group Antifa was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Wednesday for the brutal attack of a Trump supporter, while a pair of members of the far-right group Proud Boys were handed down a sentence of 4 years each for a similar incident.
Here’s the kicker: the attack on the Trump supporter was unprovoked, while the Proud Boys members maintain that they acted in self-defense.
Why the major difference for the punishments if they were both similar crimes?
Let’s dive in.
32-year-old David Campbell pleaded guilty to two counts of felony assault in September after he was caught brutally beating a Trump supporter who was leaving a political event in a Manhattan club.
Lot of media outlets dedicating coverage to Proud Boys verdict today were dead silent when an ANTIFA member plead guilty to felony assault for his role in a brawl last year and got 18 monthshttps://t.co/JQbh959gzM
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) October 22, 2019
Prosecutors say that a 56-year-old man was leaving the ‘Night for Freedom’ party in January of 2018 when a member of Antifa began following him through the streets of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Campbell was one of approximately 80 masked members of the group protesting outside of the venue.
During the attack, prosecutors said that Campbell choked and punched the man.
Mike Cernovitz, the original organizer of the event, said that now that the case is closed he plans on launching an investigation into the group.
“Now that the criminal case is closed, I will also be taking legal action against Mr. Campbell and his confederates. It is time to find out who is funding Antifa,” Cernovitz said to the New York Post.
Campbell took a plea deal in the case and was sentenced to 18 months behind bars for the attack.
So, Campbell went to the event and then followed his victim, targeting him and beating him. Let’s look at the next situation.
The Proud Boys, a self-declared free speech group, didn’t get so lucky with their punishment. Following a brawl between group members and Antifa protesters on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in October of 2018, two Proud Boys are now facing sentences of four years in jail each.
Thank you those who’ve submitted info regarding the violent incident which took place on 10-12-18 in the UES. As we further the investigation, we urge additional victims/complainants/witnesses to come forward. If you have info, call CrimeStoppers, 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/amUhGvCJLg
— Chief Rodney Harrison (@NYPDDetectives) October 15, 2018
Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 40, were sentenced by a New York City judge on Tuesday, with the sentences coming in at six-months over the minimum sentence for alleged gang assault, attempted assault and riot.
The altercation took place after group founder Gavin McInnes gave a speech at the Metropolitan Republican Club. When attendees were leaving the venue, Antifa members gathered to protest. Instead of releasing the groups into the streets to clash, members of the NYPD instead diverted the Proud Boys members toward a different street while directing the opposing group another way.
As the Proud Boys walked down Park Avenue, they told authorities that they saw a group of masked Antifa members walking toward them. Instead of walking away, the group said they ran toward each other and began fighting. While prosecutors argued that the Proud Boys started the fight, they maintained that they were acting out of self-defense.
A video captured outside the scene of the fight seems to show masked members throwing a bottle before the fight ensued.
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The bloody battle ended as quickly as it began as a total of 10 Proud Boys members were arrested in connection with the incident.
Regardless of the way the fight started, how is it that they’ve managed to get more than twice the punishment for nearly the exact same crime?
“This was not a schoolyard brawl,” the prosecutor said. “These are adults who should know better.”
We’re not arguing for either side, but it sure seems like a double standard, considering Campbell was also an adult who should have known better.
Police did comment that if they would have been able to identify the Antifa members involved in the fight, they would have also charged them, but they were never brought in. And even in they had faced charges, they probably wouldn’t have faced as stiff a punishment. Those that were contacted by authorities reportedly refused to cooperate in the investigation.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 22, 2019
The judge commented on his ruling.
“I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the ’30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead,” Judge Dwyer said. “We don’t want that to happen in New York.”
Both Proud Boys members apologized for their actions, saying they regretted their mistakes.
“I’m sorry about the whole mess. I regret the entire incident,” one said. “I made a mistake.”
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