NEW YORK CITY: Neo-Nazi Gang Attacks Brothers After Noticing “Anti-Fascist” Sticker On Their Cell Phone

The New York Post reports:

A group of “Neo-Nazis” beat up two twin brothers and menaced them with a knife in front of a Lower East Side bar Saturday morning when they took offense to an “anti-fascist” sticker on one of the men’s cell phone cases, police said. The beat down happened when the brothers, both 27-year-old Columbia graduate students noticed the large group of “skinheads” hanging inside one of their usual haunts called Clockwork on Essex Street and decided to head for the exits around 12:30 a.m.

The brothers were pummeled by about six or seven men — some who were using brass knuckles — and dressed in matching vests with “211 Crew” patches, a white supremacy gang, police said. The brothers tried to run away from their attackers but were chased down Essex Street and then Hester Street before the group caught up to them and continued the beating, cops said. “One of the guys pulled a knife on my brother first and starts slashing at him. Then the guy with the knife starts coming over to me… His buddy grabs him and I guess at that point they all decide to run off.”

A passing NYPD car noticed the bloodied pair as they were dialing 911 and were able to apprehend one of the assailants. The 211 Crew apparently recruits entirely in prisons around the country.

  • MBear

    They took offense at a sticker? Such snowflakes

    • Daveed_WOW

      Well, they were triggered. Someone thinks they’re wrong. Must be rough to handle. Emotionally, I mean.

    • Jerry Kott

      It doesn’t take much.

    • Silver Badger

      They didn’t take offence. This was a blatant power display.

  • Rex

    Not working so well, is it?

    • Tawreos

      That depends on your definition of great

      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        And who you deem to be an American

    • SunsetGay

      HEIL PEPE!

      (sees offensive image)


      • Silver Badger


        • Nowhereman


          • Silver Badger

            Offensive troll.

          • SunsetGay

            Dude. I was mocking the trolls. Relax.

          • Silver Badger

            So I misunderstood you. At least we can discuss it rather than resorting to brass knuckles.

          • Nowhereman

            Brass knuckles? Good grief!

          • Natty Enquirer

            Are you insensitive to satire?

          • Silver Badger

            Never said I was god.

          • Nowhereman

            Nobody here suggested that you did.

          • Acronym Jim

            To be fair, “Poe’s Law” has now become the rule rather than the exception.

          • Chris

            Offensive to whom? Since fascists are the target of his post, many of us aren’t so worried about offending Neo-Nazi groups.

          • Silver Badger

            I found it offensive. I am not a moderator. Just because I found it offensive doesn’t mean anyone else does.

          • SunsetGay hasn’t been around as much lately but he is a regular Joe ;-))

          • Nowhereman

            I guess you don’t come here often.

          • Silver Badger

            Every day.

          • Nowhereman

            It’s called snark.

        • AW

          I think you might have overreacted here.. SunsetGay seems to be replaying the what happens when the right sees something they don’t like… They are all bluster and might unitl they see a desenting opinion and they cry.

          • Silver Badger

            I may have.

      • Pilot Nozzle

        You misspelled White House.

    • Snarkaholic

      Only if it means: Massive Angry Gang Assaults.

    • johnnybc

      Probably working just as intended

  • bkmn

    I hope they got the cell phone of the guy they arrested. It could probably lead to the rest.

  • Gustav2

    …waiting for the grammar nazis.

    “two” twin brothers.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Pick your battles, honey.

      • Bj Lincoln

        That’s why I left it alone. It should have been ‘twin brothers’. We all understand it means 2 people.

        • Gustav2

          Trump’s Official Inauguration Portrait Merch Had A Glaring Typo

          The official inauguration portrait of President Donald Trump sold by the Library of Congress had a glaring typo in the very first sentence.

          The quote on the original print read: “No dream is too big, no challenge is to great. Nothing we want for the future is beyond our reach.”

          Unfortunately the second instance of “too” was replaced with its homonym “to,” rendering the sentence unintelligible.

          The original webpage for the product was taken down around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to a report by the Washington Post. The original page, complete with misspelling, remains accessible via the Internet Archive.

          • Daveed_WOW

            Well, that’s an example of a battle worth fighting. We can then assure ourselves of their general stupidity and incompetence.

    • RaygunsGoZap

      Exactly! And yet they leave it unclear – are they each other’s twin or each one-half of a set? 🙂

      • Gustav2

        You really have to watch out for that third twin.

    • Igby

      I was mulling that over as well. Should they have written, both twin brothers?

      • Gustav2

        Just “twin brothers”

        • Igby


  • Jmdintpa

    looks like this bar needs a dose of protest and internet attacks. put a little sunshine on this cockroach hangout.

    • David Walker

      But the story said it was one of the brothers’ favorite haunts, so maybe more vigilance is needed re: security.

    • Daveed_WOW

      No, this place was ATTACKED by the gang. It’s not a gang hideout.

  • justme

    Ahh tRumperica….
    Home of the …
    Land of the …….


  • tbj5

    “But let’s be reasonable and hear what the violent, genocidal Nazis want to say!”

    • Nowhereman

      Yeah–give Trump and his storm troopers a chance!…

    • hudson11

      we should know whats in their hearts before judging them….. /s

  • Richard

    MAGA for bigots and thugs. Hopefully the cops can find them all and put them in jail where they belong.

  • crewman

    These kind of violent attacks are literally terrorism. They are intended to strike fear in a broad segment of society and to cower them into submission.

    Pressure should be put on Trump to respond to these kind of attacks. He has encouraged hostility towards opponents throughout his campaign, and his deafening lack of response to white supremacist terrorism, such as the recent attack in Quebec by a Trump fan, sends the message that he supports these attacks. The real problem is I’m afraid he actually does support these attacks.

    • Nowhereman

      Trump just had white supremacists and nazi wannabe groups removed from the terrorist watch list. See, they are on HIS side, so they’re all good…

    • Wynter Marie Starr

      Not only does he support these attacks, I’m pretty sure they get him hard.

      • karmanot

        pencil erasers get hard?

    • Rex

      I’m literally more terrified by the terrorists that are US citizens than the ones that aren’t.

      • Bad Tom

        They get a wink and a nod from this administration.

    • Charlie Mock

      But it wasn’t terrorism at UC Berkeley or on Inauguration day, huh? You advocate punching people for their political views, you have no reason to complain when you get punched yourself.

      • NancyP

        Yes I will punch BACK, if cornered. Being a woman, I am used to the idea that a surprisingly large percentage of the population views me as meat for the taking.
        And I call STRAW MAN. No one here advocated throwing the first punch at a peaceful individual – that is, no one except yourself.

      • Cranky Squirrel

        Your mistake is thinking that Nazism is merely a different political view. It isn’t. It’s a call to fascism and genocide, using the principles of democracy against itself in order to eradicate them. Wold War II taught us that the proper treatment of Nazis is to shoot them. Punching them is treating them much better than they deserve.

      • PeedeResistance

        Straw man; false equivalency; outright lies–and all in two sentences.
        I’d expect no less from a Rethug, particularly one odious enough to cheer on Nazi thugs and ignore the hiring of provocateurs at Berkeley.

      • gwhiz007

        Advocating at worst genocide and at least segregation is in fact threat to the sorts of people considered worthy of being rounded up.

      • Clive Johnson

        You seem not to have noticed that Milo has virtually nothing of substance to say. Where is his constructive critique? Nowhere in sight. Stylistic prejudice, narcissistic posturing, semi-eloquent nothingness, anti-rational reaction–that’s all that Milo brings to the table.

        His self-defined role is troll and cheerleader for vicious racist online harassment. If really your only social and political function is to reinforce bigotry, and generate threats against individuals and groups you don’t like, then don’t be surprised when–surprise!–people don’t like that. In fact, they’re justified in demanding that they live in a society in which the kind of mindless and needless bigotries spouted by Milo have no place. Milo wants to use the right of free speech to undermine the rights of others to theirs. Adolescent provocation designed to stir up hatred is Milo’s game. No one else is entitled to play it.

      • Mike French

        Your Nazi buddies would beat the fuck out of that peroxided slime boy if given the chance.

    • NancyP

      Yes. On all counts.

    • Prixator

      I suspect 45 now sees these types as essential supporters and he needs them against all of the protests of his presidency by sane and patriotic citizens, so he probably won’t denounce them entirely. He may mildly ask them to use less violence, but he needs ’em.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    It’s always a group against just one or 2 people isn’t it.
    These people need to be squished hard back into the cracks they crawled out of.

    • Jerry Kott

      They are COWARDS and always will be.

    • Oh, Parker

      My high school years in a nutshell.

  • gaymex1

    …just the beginning. Misfits have been empowered by Trump and gang.

  • Silver Badger

    Terrorism is Nazi SOP. This must be slammed down hard. These people need to be sent back to prison.

  • j.martindale
    • David Walker

      I hope they don’t expect to get the deposit back.

      • Earl

        Squat houses like that don’t ask for deposits.

        I used to visit the one that SNFU lived at. It was torn down when they were evicted.

        But the artistic vandalism was much nicer in their home. And the pot was awesome.

        • David Walker

          I hadn’t realized you were a connoisseur of toilets. Oh…pot! Sorry. It’s been so long…

    • Capritaur

      I can’t even with the multiple swastika fails.

    • Nowhereman

      I’m trying to sort out whose legs are whose.

  • JustDucky

    Why Punching Nazis Is Not Only Ethical, But Imperative

    “The vulnerability of Nazis cannot be revealed through debate — many thinkers who lived through the Second World War, from Karl Popper, to Hannah Arendt, to Jean Paul Sartre, have been quite clear about why dispassionate discourse with men like Richard Spencer is not only pointless, but actively dangerous.

    The use of force, by contrast, does reveal the shared humanity that Nazis deny. Our vulnerability is one of the things that links us all, seven billion strong, in a humane fragility. These are essential aspects of our humanity that both Nazi mythology and channer troll culture deny. Punching a Nazi, by contrast, reveals it. It reveals they are no masters, but quite eminently capable of fear, of pain, of vulnerability. And that takes the shine off; it eliminates their mystique, and it puts the lie to the idea that their ideology is an armor against the pains of modernity.”

  • Tomcat

    I guess Trump will be sending the feds to New York to defend the innocent people there now ,,, REICH. Probably not since the perps were his peeps.

  • SunsetGay

    Hey! How do you circumcise a member of the 211 gang? Kick his sister in the teeth!

    What does the 211 stand for? 2 men in front, one in the middle, one in the back?

    Hey 211 gang, KNOCK KNOCK! Whose there? Nazi. Nazi who? You did NAZI those cops coming!

    How many white supremacists does it take to screw in a lightbulb? I don’t know, but it definitely takes 211 to screw their sisters in a family reunion.

    (Got any more?)

    • Paula

      Why did Hitler put his hand in his pocket? He wanted to make contact with his nutzis.

      • Daveed_WOW

        Needs work. Meow.

  • Martin
  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    OT: Does anyone know if the Spicey Show is going to be on today?

  • Bj Lincoln

    So sad that a sticker gets them so angry. Touchy little snowflakes.
    Drumpf opened the door for these creatures and has done nothing to stop it. He will probably not say a word any more than he said about Canada. White terrorists are not the problem apparently even though they are the ones responsible for most of the terrorist acts within our boarders.

    • Charlie Mock

      It’s borders, honey, not boarders. A boarder refers to someone like the exchange student whom you helped mutilate because you concluded that her messy room made her a boy.

      • Bad Tom

        Typos are the best argument you can summon.

    • I don’t think that it was a sticker that made them angry, that was already in play, the sticker gave them permission to attack, identifying the “enemy”…frightening, the Brownshirts are not taking long to slink out of the shadows.

  • Neo-nazis hang out in the Lower East Side? Wow, has New York City changed. It was not that long ago that anyone who looked anything like a neo-Nazi could not walk down a street of that neighborhood without having their teeth kicked in. I would expect Neo-Nazis to hang out in some of the darker depths of Queens, not Manhattan. Maybe its time to bring back a chapter of Murder, Inc. to patrol the streets of the famed old neighborhood.

  • FAEN

    Will Conjob mention this? Of course not because in her mind this never happened.

    • Lakeview Bob

      That is a very good point.

  • Henry Auvil

    Remember the “jack-booted thugs” Obama was going to recruit from inner cities to go out and take away everyone’s guns and freedoms? They’re finally here.

  • stevenma

    Does this remind anyone of ‘A Clockwork Orange’? Watch Steve Bannon reach out and give them a job in the Trump regime.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Just lovely. And republi-thugs say liberals are violent. And they would never consider this act violent. They would only rationalize that the brothers deserved it

    • Friday

      Because Republicans, like other fascists, lie and project as standard fricking procedure.

  • Max_1
  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I see stickers and car bumpers that I don’t agree with all the time. Like everyday. Never once would it cross my mind to get violent because I don’t agree. I worry about the very opposite as my car id’s me as an uber liberal.

    • Rex

      I’ve thought about putting bumper stickers on my car to support the causes I agree with, but I fear what would happen. Not worth the risk.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        You are likely right, Rex, but I won’t back down.

        BTW, I’ve never told you this, but if that is your pic, you are smokin’ hot. (Sorry, even straight women can be pigs at times.)

        • Rex

          It’s me. And thank you. You made my day.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Glad I could make someone’s day.

        • At TIMES? Girl, I have overheard women many a time talking just as raunchy as men! ;-))

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            LOL, I can’t speak for all women, but I’m a pig only sometimes. And, yes, we can be a raunchy, rowdy bunch. But, would you have us any other way?

      • Schlukitz

        Smart decision, Rex.

        No point in making a GPS target of yourself with all the loonies out there these days. 🙁

      • Trevor Brown
        • That_Looks_Delicious

          That’s your NEIGHBOR?! Ugh.

          So glad I’m in California during all this. I’ve only seen one vehicle that even had a Trump sticker. It was a very old pickup truck with an even older driver.

      • NancyP

        I have thought about putting a window sticker of the Stars and Stripes upside down on my car window, along with a label “National Security Imperiled by Trump”, but I need to find a better sticker than the one I had used in the upright position. I live in the city, but I do travel into Trumpsville for the state parks. Some KKK subgroup’s leader was found shot to death about 2 counties south – drug deal gone bad? Not all rural people are Trump supporters or violent meth-heads or crazed racists, though.

  • Oh, Parker

    Yet liberals are the thugs and criminals. Recruiting in prisons? KKKlassy.

  • Stephen Elliot Phillips

    jeff beauregard sessions will get right to prosecuting this hate crime with the greatest of speed

  • Halou

    This is what happens when the government orders counter-terrorist agencies reassess their priorities and to entirely ignore white and/or christian extremists. They take it as permission to act knowing that they wont get caught unless by unlucky circumstance a police officer is on the scene at the very time they carry out an attack.

    • Schlukitz

      With a President who alluded to violence against Hilary, we can expect to see much more of these horrible actions during the next four years. 🙁

  • Bomer

    Be careful out there everyone.

    • Schlukitz

      We also need to be careful whom we confront on the Internet as well.

      There are many violence-prone crackpots and fascists lurking on various sites who are just aching for an excuse/opportunity to strike out at someone.

  • edrex

    I would have thought that the neonazis would be spending time hanging at “Cuckwork”, not “Clockwork.”

  • Lars Littlefield

    At least the police were able to apprehend one of the gang members.

  • greenmanTN
    • peterparker

      So, you’re posting this because this is the sticker on the back of the phone, right? When I look at it, it seems because of the ‘so much for the tolerant left’ to criticize liberals who are critical of fascists. Does anyone else see it that way?

      • greenmanTN

        I certainly didn’t take it that way and I hope others didn’t either. It’s a guy with a skull for a head wearing Nazi insignia. To me it’s more a commentary on how about how the right gets their panties in a wad when someone fights back. How very dare you be intolerant of my intolerance!

        • peterparker

          You have completely misunderstood me, in part because my thoughts were not clearly communicated in my original post and, it would seem, in part because you are jumping to conclusions about me.

          I spent the first 18 years of my life in south Georgia in a town of 300 people, an hour’s drive from the nearest movie theater or supermarket. I’m not calling people from the South prejudiced because I realize the American South does not own prejudice. It’s everywhere.

          What I am saying is that I am aware that the image is an anti-fascist symbol ONLY because I googled it and found that, like Pepe the Frog has been adopted by Neo-Nazis, this image has been adopted by anti-fascists. So I get that. But only because I researched it.

          If someone showed it to me cold and asked me what my takeaway was, I would almost certainly say that it seems like it would be a right-wing, fascist commentary on ‘the intolerant left’.

          I was wondering if that was just me or if it had confused others as well. That is all.

          • greenmanTN

            It was the furtherest thing fro. My mind to hurt or offend you or anyone else at JMG. That said, I often make smart ass jokes, which I think of as playful but others think of as playful.

            It was never my intent to hurt or insult you.

          • Tread

            Stop. Fucking. Apologizing.


          • greenmanTN

            Make no mistake, apologizing is reflexive, it doesn’t actually mean I’m sorry.


          • greenmanTN


          • peterparker

            There is no need to apologize. My feelings are not that easily injured, but thank you for the gesture.

            If that dialogue bubble weren’t there, I would think it a great image because sexy Captain America is punching a Nazi. That’s awesome. But once the dialogue gets dropped in there it confuses the issue for me. As they say on automotive blogs, YMMV.

          • greenmanTN

            No harm, no foul. The written word is open to many interpretations since you don’t have tone or expression to put them into context. I get things wrong frequently due to that.

            That’s what emojis and /s are for, though I don’t always use them, assuming it’s obvious that I’m joking. The lime green venom dripping from my fangs can throw people off. 😉

      • greenmanTN

        Need I remind you this event took place in Manhattan, not some hick flyover town, but you’re busting my chops about how prejudiced people are in the South?

  • Schlukitz
    • Halou

      “On the night of February 27-28, 1933, a mentally disabled Dutch citizen set fire to the German parliament building….”

      Oh, so that’s why the Congress this month voted 235-180 to abolish the requirement that all people with mental illness be put through a background check when buying a firearm? If the government isn’t directly involved in arranging such an incident they’re happily taking away all the means by which such an attack can be identified ahead of time and prevented.

  • Charlie Mock

    That’s not fair! We only support punching people when we do it to others, not when it is done to us!

  • Adonisus

    “Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we
    extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are
    not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the
    intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with
    them.” – Karl Popper

  • Daniel Jenkins

    6 on 2, the cowards way.

  • leo77

    Not that I’m looking to blame the bar for this, but I am curious if the staff was cognizant of who this group of guys were?

    As a rule of thumb most NYC bars/clubs are always very leery when a group of men sans women enter a place because they’re usually the source of behavior problems. Most of the larger, bigger clubs won’t let a group of stag men through the door much less a group that are clearly tricked out with gang identification.

    • leo77

      Gothamist has little more context. This group may not be connected to the Colorado group? The bar has clearly denounced the group.

    • FatNance

      Yeah, that happens at The Eagle all the time. Large groups of men not allowed entry. And they never let in men with shaved or buzzed heads.


  • Michael

    The Putin/Trump brownshirts are getting angrier.

  • gwhiz007

    Congrats on all that “greatness”. Number one in hate crimes is sure something to aspire to.

  • JCF

    Arrest –> Convict –> Lock Up –> Throw Away Key