31 People Arrested for Suspected Riot Plot

31 People Arrested for Suspected Riot Plot

Dozens ARRESTED In Mysterious Sting By Feds

(FeaturedNews.com) – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Police Chief Lee White announced the arrest of 31 members of the group Patriot Front on June 11. The men were in a rented U-Haul, wearing white gaiter-style face masks and carrying riot gear. Authorities suspect the white nationalist group was planning an attack on a nearby Pride event.

Lee explained a concerned citizen saw the men loading into the U-Haul and called authorities. Officers stopped the vehicle about 10 minutes later en route to the Pride in the Park event in Coeur d’Alene. They were all dressed similarly in blue shirts, baseball caps, khaki pants, face masks, and dark sunglasses.

Officers took evidence from the scene, including at least one smoke grenade, shin guards, shields, and a document outlining their operational plan to riot in the city. The men were from at least 11 different states.

The Patriot Front originated in 2017, shortly after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. It was a breakoff from another extremist group and has its base in Texas. KSBY reported the arrestees included the group’s founder, Thomas Rousseau. All face charges for misdemeanor conspiracy to riot. Prosecutors arraigned the group on June 13.

Pride in the Park is a yearly event the North Idaho Pride Alliance hosts. It’s a celebration of the LGBTQA+ community and Pride month. The June 11 date was the first time in two years the event occurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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