Coeur d’Alene police say 31 Patriot Front members were arrested in Coeur d’Alene for “conspiracy to riot” at the “Pride in the Park” event.
In a press conference held after the arrests, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White said that 31 members of the group Patriot Front were arrested. White said that a call from a citizen came in who saw the group loading into a U-haul with shields, face masks, and matching clothing.
White told the media during the press conference that of the individuals they had booked so far, one was from Idaho, and the others were from different states across the country.
Idaho Dispatch looked through the Kootenai County booking report this morning, and out of the individuals charged with “Criminal Conspiracy,” two are from Idaho. Winston Durham from Genesee and Richard Jessop from Idaho falls are the two Idahoans facing the misdemeanor charge.
The other individuals were from Washington, Utah, South Dakota, Texas, Colorado, Arkansas, Wyoming, Illinois, Oregon, Alabama, and Missouri.
No other charges are pending at this time.
White said the individuals had shields and plastic under their hats but did not know if any firearms had been found during the stop. White said that at least one smoke grenade was found.
During the press conference, a reporter asked White about social media reports that at least one Coeur d’Alene police officer had said that the department had informants inside of Patriot Front. Lee denied that they did and said they had gotten the information from the informant.
A video was posted on Twitter with what appears to be one Coeur d’Alene officer claiming that there were informants on the inside. Below is the video in question:
White told the press that multiple agencies were involved in the arrest, including the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office and the Idaho State Police.
Additionally, White said they had been in contact with the FBI “all day” because of potential threats against the Pride in the Park event. However, White did not describe what potential threats had been found.
Idaho Dispatch will update this story with any new information that is found or released.
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