Manha-ttan D-A Made Go-ogle Give Up Information on Everyone in Area as They Hunted for An-t-ifa

Albert Fox Cahn

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When Gavin McInnes—founder of the violent, far-rig-ht group The Proud Boys—spoke to a Man-hattan Rep-ublican club last October, the neighborhood response was less than welcoming. Prote-sters took to the normally sedate Upp-er East Side block with chants and spray paint. The Pro-ud Bo-ys responded with fists and kicks. Nearly a year later, as the assault and riot charges against four Pr-oud Bo-ys go to trial, prosecutors revealed that they had turned to an alarming new surveillance tool in this case: a reverse search warrant.

The Manha-ttan Di-strict A-ttorney’s Office admitted it demanded G-oogle hand over account information for all devices used in parts of the Up-per East Side. They didn’t do this to find the Pro-ud Boys; they did it to find Ant-if-a members….

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