Police found riot gear, one smoke grenade, shin guards and shields inside the van, White said. They wore arm patches and logos on their hats that identified them as members of Patriot Front, he said.
…“Reclaim America” was written on the back of one shirt.
…Those arrested came from at least 11 states, including Washington, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wyoming, Virginia, and Arkansas, [Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee] White said.
…“Patriot Front focuses on theatrical rhetoric and activism that can be easily distributed as propaganda for its chapters across the country,” the Southern Poverty Law Center said of the group.
The group’s manifesto calls for the formation of a white ethnostate in the United States, the Southern Poverty Law Center said [Martha Bellisle, “31 Patriot Front Members Arrested near Idaho Pride Event,” AP via PBS, 2022.06.12].
Sally Jo Sorenson finds two Sioux Falls fellas among the Aryan crud. The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office booking summary report for June 12 shows James Michael Johnson, age 40, of South Lewis Avenue and Derek Joseph Smith, age 24, of East 12th Street among the unwelcome mayhem enthusiasts.
Johnson, Smith, and their fellow criminal conspirators. The foiled rioters are out on $300 bond—conspiracy to riot is just a misdemeanor—but they have to show up for arraignment today and could face more charges. If Johnson and Smith are allowed to leave Idaho this week, folks might want to keep an eye out for this pair at the Sioux Falls Pride parade and festival this coming Saturday.
Related Viewing: North Idaho News got photos of some of the Patriot Front members walking around downtown Coeur d’Alene after posting bail.