ATWATER VILLAGE (CBSLA) — A conflict at an Atwater Village bar has gone viral. One of the groups involved has been identified as a hate group.

The entire incident is causing quite a stir both online and in Atwater Village where people were even driving by screaming out their windows they want The Griffin shut down.

The video that’s now going viral shows a group of men wearing Make America Great Again hats arguing with other bar patrons outside of the bar.

People in the neighborhood identified the group as the Proud Boys. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, it’s a hate group. Neighbors say they complained to management, but the Proud Boys were allowed to stay.

Twitter has since exploded with posts about the incident. This tweet from Justin Caffier, a writer with Vice has been retweeted thousands of times over:

Actor/comedian Kumail Nanjiani adding “Do not go to The Griffin in Atwater.”

The Proud Boys responded on Twitter saying “we were hanging out having beers. Josh and his friends showed up looking to start a problem. They did. Then they cried online. The end.”

It wasn’t long before the owners of The Griffin also responded saying in part:

“Neither I nor my business partner support any Nazi or white supremacist groups and this is not a Nazi bar. I advised that we use a tactic that I’ve used in the past with gang members or people that are obviously in there to cause problems — kill them with kindness and they’ll get bored and go away. It’s my bar and I’m ultimately responsible for what happened last night and I feel terrible and actually sick to my stomach.”

Now thousands of people have taken to Yelp, posting one star reviews, urging people to avoid The Griffin.

“I think it’s a little frightening if this becomes a gathering point for this type of festering movement,” said Gregory Schoon.

LAPD said they were called around 10:30 Saturday night for a large fight. They say they asked both sides to leave and they cooperated.

Comments (13)
  1. the guys were hanging out having fun until some moron ran up on them and told them they can’t wear a maga hat. this is BS news. Who is anyone to tell anyone what they can wear. The little victims were the aggressor and now they are crying. They are the real nazis and mentally ill on top of it.

  2. Proud Boys are not Nazis or White Nationalists. They are a multicultural group as you can see in the video.

  3. Josh Wayne says:

    you should check out the tweets by Antifa members. Antifa showed up with the sole intention of instigating. everything was peaceful until they showed up. also of note: who gave the SPLC any kind of authority? their self-imposed expertise is purely arbitrary.

  4. Our country is in big trouble. We have the Southern Poverty Law Center, who profits on hate, who now defines every group as a hate group if those groups dare express any sort of self preservation or even conservative views. It’s real simple – leave people alone – it’s called freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Respect people’s views on both sides of the political fence. And for some groups which incite violence, like Antifa, or even worse radical Islamists, they are likely to get hate, or even worse, violence in return.

  5. Ahhh, the ever so “Tolerant” Antifa….do we really need to say more? Are we really still caring about these laughable snowflakes? The Proud Boys may not be held in the highest reguard by many but if you look at who they are and what they stand for (beyond what the media covers) the group is actually pretty respectable.

  6. David Curtis says:

    wow, cbsla, not only did you take away my 1st amendment right by deleting my post, but also blocked me from posting factual info on the proud boys and the hate group splc. you would think a news station would support the 1st, but guess not in california

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