31 Patriot Front Members Arrested Near LGBTQ+ Pride Parade

Patriot Front Arrests

(DCWatchdog.com) – Over the weekend, several dozen members of an organization called Patriot Front were stopped near where an LGBTQ+ parade was about to take place in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, arrested and charged criminally with conspiracy to riot after being spotted loading into a U-Haul with homemade riot shields, masks, protective equipment, and at least one smoke grenade.

According to a local news station, KREM2, in a report headlined “‘They came to riot downtown’ | Police arrest 31 people with ties to hate group, found inside U-haul“:

“Police stopped a U-haul in downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday afternoon and arrested 31 people who were found inside. Police said they believe the people arrested have ties to a white nationalist hate group, Patriot Front.

They came to riot downtown,” Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said at a news conference.

“Police were alerted to the group when a concerned person called police around 1:38 p.m. That person reported seeing the group loading into a U-haul that was parked at the Springhill Suites. The group had masks and shields and police said the caller told them it ‘looked like a little army.'” [emphasis added]

According to one reporter on the scene, the “truck was stopped about 1/8th mile from the pride event,” referencing an LGBTQ+ parade about to take place in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

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