Dozens arrested for conspiracy to riot at a gay pride event

Fox News reports that police on Saturday arrested 31 men near a gay pride event that was taking place in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 

Police believe that the individuals had intended to riot.

What happened?

Reports indicate that the authorities in Idaho were on high alert that some groups were planning on disrupting the pride event that was taking place. Accordingly, they asked the public for tips, and it appears that this is what led to the arrest of the 31 men.

The New York Post reports:

Police received a call from a concerned citizen around 1:38 p.m. saying a large group of men had jumped into the back of a U-Haul. The caller told police they looked like “a little army” and some were carrying shields.

It did not take long, following this call, for police to track the U-Haul truck down. The traffic stop took place a short distance from North Idaho Pride Alliance’s Coeur d’Alene Pride in the Park event.

Inside the truck, police found the 31 men. Police proceeded to place all of them under arrest.

Photos show the 31 men kneeling on the grass with their hands zip-tied behind their backs. The men were eventually put into a police van and taken to the Kootenai County Jail.

What we know:

It is believed that the 31 men are aligned with Patriot Front. Patriot Front is a hate group that formed in the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally that took place in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The New York Post reports:

They wore arm patches and logos on their hats that identified them as members of Patriot Front. “Conquerors on Thieves” was written on the back of one shirt. A patch that read “victory or death” was on the back of each hat.

Fox reports that “the men had what appeared to be a homemade riot shield and some protective equipment.” According to police, they also had at least one smoke grenade.

Considering their attire, it is believed that the individuals had intended to riot at the pride event that was taking place. Accordingly, Idaho authorities have charged them with conspiracy to riot.

The 31 men are expected to make their court appearance on Monday.

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