Idaho State Police, in United Statereceived death threats after the arrest of 31 alleged white extremists who were preparing a riot at an LGBT pride event over the weekend, the police chief said Monday.
On Saturday, police in the town of Coeur d’Alene got a call from a local who saw a group of men getting into a truck in a hotel parking lot.
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Lee White, the city’s police chief, told reporters that a local resident who called the police stated that “it looks like a small army has been loaded into the car.”
Pictures of men trapped inside a truck in the town of Coeur d’Alene on June 11, 2022 – Photo: Kootenai County Police Station/Handout/Via Reuters
About 10 minutes into the call, police stopped the truck and found riot gear and clothing, a smoke grenade, shin guards and a “practical plan,” which spelled out the intent to start the riot, White said.
All of the men were charged with conspiring to riot and may face other charges in the future. “They came to the riot center,” White said.
Police believe the men are linked to the neo-fascist group Front Patriota.
White said at a news conference that since the arrests were made, half of the 150 calls his department has received have been anonymous, from people wanting to yell at officers and make death threats against him and other members of the police department.
White returned the invitations to hate groups outside Coeur d’Alene, including someone who called from Norway to give her opinion.
According to the police chief, the detainees belong to 11 states, and representatives of the National Front in the region have not previously been disclosed.
Spokeswoman Sandra Parker said the FBI is providing assistance to local authorities. “If information about a potential violation of federal law becomes available during an investigation, US federal law enforcement is prepared to investigate.”
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