Police in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Saturday arrested 31 people who are believed to be members of Patriot Front, a white Nationalist militia group. These individuals were charged with conspiracy to riot because of their alleged plan to stage a riot near a Saturday LGBTQ pride event in Coeur d’Alene.
Idaho law enforcement agencies held a press conference Saturday where Kootenai County Sheriff Robert Norris, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White, and State of Idaho Police Captain John Kim were present to speak about the group’s arrests.
Chief White stated that law enforcement received information over the last few days regarding groups planning to disrupt Saturday’s LGBTQ pride event in Coeur d’Alene. In response to this information, there was a large presence of uniformed officers in downtown Coeur d’Alene. On Saturday afternoon at approximately 1:38PM, a concerned citizen called law enforcement to report that “approximately 20 people jumped into a U-haul wearing masks, had shields and ‘looked like a army.’” Law enforcement then conducted a traffic stop approximately 10 minutes after the call was received.
Indiviuals carrying riot gear were detained by police after the traffic stop. Chief White later reported that the Patriot Front members were arrested for conspiracy to riot. He also that said additional charges may be pending as information continues to unfold.