An “anti-fascist” protester who violently assaulted a supporter of President Trump last year was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Two weeks after pleading guilty in the attack, 32-year-old David Campbell was sentenced during a hearing at Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday for the 2018 incident outside of the Night for Freedom party in New York City.
The Antifa protester was led away in handcuffs after the sentence was delivered, according to Daily Mail, which reported that he “appeared shocked when the judge read out the sentence.”
Campbell was one of about 80 protesters at the event last January and admitted that he followed a 56-year-old Trump supporter out of the Manhattan venue that night, then brutally punched and choked him. The man, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital and witnesses said they thought he had hit his head on the curb in the fall.
Campbell, who was arrested at the scene, was charged with assault for strangulation, possession of a weapon, assault of a police officer, resisting arrest and loitering.
Campbell viciously attacked a 56-year-old man outside the Night for Freedom party organized by right-wing activist Mike Cernovich
Witnesses at the time said the man appeared to strike his head on the curb on his way down and suffered a heart attack https://t.co/lUOrXkpyvP
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) October 24, 2019
The party had been organized by political activist and commentator Mike Cernovich, who spoke about what he saw as a double standard in the punishment for right-wing versus left-wing protesters.
“When the Proud Boys [a far-right fraternal organization] got into a street fight with Antifa members, it was a nationwide story. The Mayor and AG tweeted about the street fight. When Antifa attacked a 56-year-old man, silence from the press,” Cernovich told the New York Post earlier this month when Campbell pleaded guilty to two counts of felony assault.
“Now that the criminal case is closed, I will also be taking legal action against Mr. Campbell and his confederates. It is time to find out who is funding Antifa,” he added.
Cernovich was referring to the recent case in which two members of the Proud Boys who each received four-year sentences for a brawl in New York last year with members of Antifa, the radical left-wing group that has been likened to domestic terrorists.
Proud Boys sentenced to 4-years in prison for fight with Antifa; judge blames leader McInnes https://t.co/hg9Nq4bgPu
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) October 23, 2019
Maxwell Hare, 27, and John Kinsman, 40, were sentenced to four years each for the incident, terms that were six months above the minimum, sparking complaints about the double standard.
Here is a pic of John Kinsman, Proud Boy, with his wife & children. He was wrongfully convicted of a crime for “defending himself to much” against antifa attackers & sent to prison for 4 years! There were no victims! His wife recently had a baby!! Free the Proud Boys! Free him! pic.twitter.com/B8xrjfUbV1
— Mal orozco (@Malorozco1) October 22, 2019
Many others on Twitter echoed the remarks by Cernovich.
David Campbell 32, deserved attempted murder charges and should have gotten 10 years! #Antifa is a terrorist organization whose funding must be investigated so we can prosecute the true leaders!
— Michaelene (@MichaeleneUSA) October 24, 2019
Only 18 months
— mamaw (@Pattymamaw) October 24, 2019
18 months seems oddly shorter than the Proud Boys sentences. Makes one ponder
— Kristov Atlas ? (@kristovatlas) October 24, 2019
Jailed… But for how long… The media is treating this like it’s sad news.
— حسين مطبقاني (@Hessian_Mohd) October 24, 2019
He got 18 months the two PB got four year. That should be the story. The PB didn’t hospitalize anyone. Justice ?
— Brian Robinson (@woodysharks) October 24, 2019
“Tearful friends of Campbell embraced one another in the corridor after he was led away in handcuffs.”
* sniff sniff * So touching.
I almost didn’t recognize them without their masks.
— ✯ Lizzy Tex Borden ✯ (@LizzyTexBorden) October 24, 2019
He even said he didn’t think he’d get a sentence
— Techni Myoko? (@NeoTechni) October 24, 2019
Meanwhile, 4 years each for the two men who defended themselves from an Antifa ambush…
— HUMANe Mind (@HUMANe_Mind) October 24, 2019
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