Proud Boys attack UC Davis students before right-wing Turning Point USA event

On Tuesday evening, before a scheduled appearance by far-right Turning Point USA activist Stephen Davis at the University of California, Davis, members of the Proud Boys militia attacked students, community members and anti-fascist protesters.

Masked Proud Boys stand at a protest in Raleigh, North Carolina in November 2020. [Photo by Anthony Crider / CC BY 4.0]

The brawl between around 100 students and right-wing elements lasted for more than 20 minutes, with no police or security forces intervening to stop the chaos.

Video footage shows students suffering the effects of pepper spray and men dressed in black and yellow, the traditional colors of the far-right militia, throwing metal barricades at the students. It is unclear how many people were injured. However, at the time of writing, no arrests have been made.

California anti-fascists and local media identified one of the Proud Boys involved in the attack as Jeffrey Perrine. Perrine, 38, previously lost a bid for the California state assembly and is currently running for a Sacramento-area school board seat.

In a video posted online during the attack, Perrine, speaking to a co-worker, admits that the Proud Boys are on campus and that the police will not intervene unless called upon by the Proud Boys.

Referring to the police, Perrine says, “They won’t come because they know we’re here. They want us to fight them.”

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In an interview with local NBC affiliate KCRA3, Will Alpers, a recent UC Davis graduate who was pepper-sprayed by fascists on Tuesday, said the violence began when the Proud Boys showed up.

“The Proud Boys came in and incited fights and hurt people with maces and fistfights and fights and throwing things,” Alpers said. “So at some point it crosses the line from speech to violence.”

Freelance photojournalist @pinknightpress, reporting to the scene Tuesday night, said the Proud Boys waited until after dark to attack the counter-protesters. A photojournalist reported that the Proud Boys used their “fists, baton and bear mace”.

The statement continued: “The fascists fired at the students, who were distracted by their chemical irritants. A man in a black Proud Boys shirt punched a… student in the head, knocking them to the ground where they fell silent…”

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