The police arrested a few dozen members of a white supremacist group in Idaho. They were planning to act on plans to riot at one of the local Pride events, according to the police. The police stated that they had received a tip from a concerned citizen. The tip resulted in the detention and charging of thirty-one members of a far-right group called the “Patriot Front.” This was according to a statement by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department’s chief, Lee White, during a conference. He added that the detained members would face charges of conspiracy to riot, which is a misdemeanor.

The Idaho Incident Patriot Front U-Haul Report

Kootenai County’s sheriff, Bob Norris, talked about the tip they received. He stated that a person has reported seeing a few dozen people get into a U-Haul van. That occurred around the intersection between Interstate 90 and Northwest Boulevard. According to the tip, they had the same uniform and looked like a small army. The sheriff stated that they already had a few units close by in the area, and they succeeded in intercepting the U-Haul in time. The “Pride in the Park” annual event was only a few miles away. It is an event that the North Idaho Pride Alliance holds every year at the city’s park.

The ADL (Anti-Defamation League) is an organization that aims to track hate crimes and extremist groups. The ADL described the Patriot Front as a white supremacist, Texas-based group. It was formed when members of Vanguard America, another group, left off following the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally. According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Patriot Front usually participates in what is called “Flash demonstrations.” These demonstrations’ main goal is to create a viral video that would spread online quickly. The members in these videos would usually wear masks paired with khaki pants and blue/white polo shirts, and they sometimes use smoke bombs.

Authorities Release a Statement Regarding the Patriot Front Arrests

According to authorities, the members that are in police custody came from numerous states, including Colorado, Illinois, and Texas. At least one of the arrested members lives in Idaho. The chief said that the arrested members wore khaki pants with arm patches and hats. They had the Patriot Front emblem on them. The arrest videos spread online, showing the members on their knees with their hands tied behind their backs.

Many of them wore blue and white shirts. Chief White added that if you search for Patriot Front online, you will see that this is precisely how they dress. In addition, many of the arrested members of the Patriot Front had shields, and some wore shin guards. The police also stated that they had recovered one smoke grenade but no mention of any other weapons. He said he was sure they were coming downtown to riot and cause trouble; there is no doubt about it. He also made it clear that despite online rumors that the arrests were a result of informants, it all came from one concerned citizen.

The Patriot Front Plan of Action

One of the group’s leaders had a 7-page document that had the operational plan they had in mind in detail. The chief read a few selections from the document, which included how they planned to use the smoke grenade. It also explained that there would be a column on the outside of the park, and it would proceed inward until it meets the barriers. The chief continued reading, stating that once they established enough confrontational dynamic, the column would stop engaging and head to Sherman Avenue. The avenue runs through the middle of downtown Coeur d’Alene. According to the jail record of Kootenai County, Thomas Rousseau, who is the founder of the Patriot Front, was among those arrested.