FBI declares Proud Boys extremist group, says they're recruiting in Northwest

The Patriot Prayer group gathered Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Terry Schrunk Plaza in Portland for the “Freedom and Courage” rally. Across the street, Antifa members protested. Department of Homeland Security officers surrounded the plaza to keep the two groups separate. After the rally, Patriot Prayer marched, but the march turned violent and police declared it a riot after projectiles were used and people were injured. Photo by Amanda Butt

PORTLAND, Ore. – The FBI is declaring the far-right Proud Boys an extremist group and says they are currently recruiting in the Pacific Northwest.

On their website, Proud Boys says they’re the “greatest fraternal organization in the world,” calling themselves “western chauvinists,” not alt-right.

But, the FBI says otherwise, declaring them an extremist group with ties to white nationalism, according to a Clark County Sheriff’s Office internal affairs report obtained by watch-dog groups by KATU’s news partners at The Columbian.

The Proud Boys chapter page says there are no official chapters in Oregon or Washington, but according to those documents, the FBI is now warning the group is recruiting in the Northwest.

The Columbian is reporting the FBI says, “Some Proud Boy members have contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies held on college campuses, and in cities like Charlottesville, Va.; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle, Wash.”

The Columbian cites two incidents of Proud Boys members committing violence.

In the first, Proud Boys members are accused of attacking a black teen in Vancouver after he allegedly swore at them.

The second incidence was in Portland and The Columbian says Proud Boys members assaulted a man, again, after he swore at them.

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