Idaho cops managed to foil what could have been a repeat of Charlottesville by stopping a U-Haul truck full of 31 members of a white supremacist group near a Pride event.
The group is called Patriot Front – you probably first heard of it during the deadly war Charlottesville protests in 2017 – and on Saturday nearly 3 dozen of their members were crammed into the back of the truck.
Police believe the men — many of whom wore white supremacist badges, face coverings and shirts that said ‘get America back’ — planned to riot and clash with people attending the event.” Pride in the Park”.
The city’s police chief said someone spotted the group loading into the U-Haul at a nearby hotel and notified police. Ten minutes later, heavily armed police stopped the truck and arrested the group without incident.
Cops say the group had riot gear, like shields, and at least one smoke grenade.
The leader of the group, Thomas Ryan Rousseau, was arrested for criminal conspiracy to riot. He and others were being held on $300 bond.
As to why the cops were able to react so quickly… the chief said they were aware of online threats that had been made before the Pride event and had increased the police presence in the area.
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