Oh boy, these guys again?
31 members of the extremist group called ‘Patriot Front’ were arrested after allegedly planning to attack an Idaho Pride event.
The group, wearing nearly identical masks, hats, shirts, and khakis, were placed in zip ties by authorities and taken away from the scene.
An informant allegedly tipped off the police about the group.
Nothing suspicious about that, right?
Cops bust 31 'members of white supremacy group Patriot Front' wearing balaclavas and riot gear before planned attack at Idaho Pride event https://t.co/EnQnZYN4sP
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) June 12, 2022
BREAKING: Authorities have stopped this Uhaul and detained approximately 20 people. They all have the same type of clothing on. Truck was stopped about 1/8th mile from the pride event. We’re working to get more info from police. @KREM2 pic.twitter.com/bez1msBz45
— Kyle Simchuk (@KyleSimchuk) June 11, 2022
“They came to riot downtown,” said police chief Lee White at a Saturday press conference.
They’re all being arrested one by one. cops won’t say what they’re being arrested for pic.twitter.com/toWKclG1JO
— alissa azar (@AlissaAzar) June 11, 2022
The group, which had an “operations plan” in its possession, was charged with conspiracy to riot, a misdemeanor.
How convenient that the group had a ‘operations plan’ for authorities to discover?
Zero Hedge reported:
Of note, Patriot Front is known for showing up in various cities to stage “flash mob” style marches, with appearances in Nashville, Washington DC and Pittsburgh over the last two years. Last July In Philadelphia, they were forced to fight their way out back to Penske trucks they arrived in – during which they were briefly detained but then let go.
Officially – as the Independent reports, Coeur d’Alene police say they were tipped off by a “concerned citizen,” who said the men, with masks and shields, were “looking like an army,” while cramming themselves into the U-haul at a hotel, and that the “concerned citizen” was not from an informant within the group.
However, a video has been circulating of Coeur d’Alene police captain David Hagar saying that they had “informants.”
“Do you know what the original stop was for,” he was asked.
“For that,” said Hagar, referring to the men in the back of the U-haul.
“But how did you know?” asked a woman.
“We had informants,” Hagar replies, with some interpreting his next words as “in their chats.”
Daily Mail added:
Those arrested came from at least 11 states, including Washington, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wyoming, Virginia, and Arkansas, White said. Only one was from Idaho.
The men were going through the booking process Saturday afternoon and are scheduled to be arraigned on Monday, he said.
Based on evidence collected and documents, authorities found that the group was planning to riot in several areas of downtown, not just the park, White said.
Videos of the arrest posted on social media show the men kneeling on the grass with their hands zip-tied behind their backs. ‘Reclaim America’ was written on the back of one shirt.
Patriot Front formed in the aftermath of the 2017 white nationalist ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when it broke off from another extremist organization, Vanguard America, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups.
A U-Haul full of masked-up dudes with matching outfits?
What do you think?