Jun 13, 2022 - News

Six Utahns in a white nationalist group arrested at Idaho Pride

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Six Utahns are among the 31 men suspected of planning a white nationalist riot at a Pride celebration Saturday in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

What's happening: Police arrested members of Patriot Front after a resident reported seeing a group of men who "looked like a little army" jump into a U-Haul van.

  • They were carrying a smoke grenade, body armor and a seven-page plan to march on a family Pride event at a city park.
  • The goal was to establish a "confrontational dynamic" and then move to a downtown street, the written plan stated.

Context: The Anti-Defamation League classifies Patriot Front as a white supremacist group that has called for American Fascism.

What they're saying: "We'd been receiving information over the last couple days that there were a number of groups that were planning to disrupt today's activities," Coeur d'Alene police chief Lee White said in a news conference Saturday.

  • "There were people walking around with long guns and handguns and bear spray" — but that's legal, White noted.

Details: The six Utah men were arrested on suspicion of criminal conspiracy.

  • They're from Elk Ridge, Kaysville, Midway, Midvale, Springville and West Valley City.

What's next: The group is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.

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