7 Texas Men Arrested in Planned Pride Event Riot
A group of men were detained June 11th, 2022 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho after witnesses say they jumped into the back of a U-Haul. Local law enforcement were then able to apprehend a mile away from a pride event and arrest 31 men with charges of conspiracy to riot.
Most of the members came from different parts of the United States, with seven men from Texas involved in the group known as Patriot Front.
Founded by 23-year-old Texas native Thomas Rousseau, Patriot Front was originally part of the Vanguard America Group, which many believe is the origin for Patriot Front. Vanguard America group was at the "Unite the Right" rally held back in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a vehicle drove into counter protesters, killing one person.
Coeur d'Alene Chief of Police stated in a press conference that the men did have protective riot gear and paperwork that led officials to believe that they were there to riot at the pride event.
No word as to what the paperwork said as stated during the press conference with Couer d'Alene Police Chief Lee White. Some of the men along with the Texan men were seen walking around Coeur d'Alene after making bail stating that they were going to spread the truth, but Facebook posts by locals stated that they presumably had no money to get back home.
Here are the names of the seven Texans arrested in the law enforcement operation.