Group of 31 men had shields, riot gear and smoke grenade, 官员说
Law enforcement stopped a U-haul truck n downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday afternoon and detained 31 人们, all wearing the same outfit, who were inside, according to KREM2.
The men inside the U-haul were all dressed the same in khakis, blue shirts, beige hats, and a white cloth covering their faces. Officer cuffed them with zip ties, put them in police vans, and they were taken away from the scene.
Police say the men had shields, shin guards, riot gear and a smoke grenade with them when they made a traffic stop.
“They came to riot downtown,” the city’s police chief Lee White told a press conference on Saturday.
The group’s members were charged with conspiracy to riot, a misdemeanor charge, and police say they had an “operations plan” with them.
Police said that they were tipped off by a “concerned citizen” who saw the men “looking like a little army” load up into the truck at a hotel, and not from an informant within the group.
Investigators say that the members came from states across the country and were in the process of being booked and the police chief said that the men had Patriot Front logos on their clothes and hats.
Those arrested came from Idaho, 华盛顿, 俄勒冈州, 德克萨斯州, 犹他州, 科罗拉多州, South Dakota, 伊利诺伊州, 怀俄明州, 弗吉尼亚州, as well as other states, 警方说.
“It appears they did not come here to engage in peaceful events,” Kootenai County Sheriff Bob Norris told the Coeur d’Alene Press.
Videos on social media show police in tactical gear forcing the men to kneel down with their hands placed behind their backs.
Patriot Front is described by the Anti-Defamation League as a white supremacist group.
Police say that there were groups walking around the Pride event with long guns, handguns, and bear spray.