COPS has released the mugshots of more than 30 suspected Patriot Front members who were arrested at a Pride event.
Police said the masked group planned a riot when they jumped into a U-Haul in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Saturday.
Lee White, the police chief, revealed the men wore riot gear, including shin guards and helmets, and carried smoke grenades, the Washington Post reported.
The suspected Patriot Front members were found in the back of a U-Haul moving truck after a witness warned police.
Thomas R. Rousseau, who allegedly founded the hate group, was arrested along with 30 others.
He reportedly formed the group after the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
Cops said the men were from Michigan, Texas, Alabama, Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota, Washington, Oregon, Illinois and Arkansas.
Officials said they face charges of conspiring to cause riots.
However, police warn that further charges could be filed if weapons are found in vehicles.
It is not known when the men will appear in court.
White revealed the suspects were “stoic” as police made arrests.
He said: “They had either been coached or trained on how to respond if an encounter with law enforcement took place.”
The Patriot Front is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist group that emerged after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
A report by the Anti-Defamation League said the group “specializes in vandalism, racist propaganda and blitz demonstrations” aimed at intimidating minorities.
The group is reportedly from Vanguard America, an organization that attended the August 12, 2017 rally that killed one woman and injured 19 others.
There was no information on whether weapons were found.
Pride in the Park, the North Idaho Pride Alliance’s annual event, was held at nearby Coeur d’Alene City Park and Bandshell.
According to the event’s website, over 1,000 participants were expected.
Officials said they had stepped up security after monitoring possible threats to the event.
Partner agencies, including the FBI, have also been in touch with local officials as the situation continued to develop.
But officials also said the event was “relatively uneventful overall.”
Officials speaking on Saturday afternoon did not expect more information about the incident to be released before Monday.
Coeur d’Alene is a city in northwestern Idaho.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5543473/patriot-front-members-mugshots-arrests-pride-event/ Shocking mug shots were revealed after “31 members of the white racist Patriot Front” were arrested wearing riot gear at the Pride event