Police arrested 31 White supremacists packed inside of a U-Haul van reportedly headed to a LGBT pride event in Idaho on Saturday.
The men were arrested by Coeur d’Alene police after they reportedly received a tip about “a little army” of men piling into a U-Haul van. Police officers pulled the vehicle over shortly after receiving the tip.
The group was reportedly found in possession of riot gear, a smoke grenade, shin guards and shields. The men were wearing white balaclavas to cover their faces.
Authorities reportedly said the men intended to cause riot. All 31 men were arrested.
The White supremacist group’s manifesto reportedly advocates for a White ethnostate in the U.S.
The men were expected to be charged on Monday.
More about the arrests and plot can be found here.
Opinion: There are a lot of issues with this story. For starters, it’s very hard to believe, based on what we’ve seen with White supremacists in the U.S., that these men were not armed — especially in a pro-gun state like Idaho. It also doesn’t make sense for the police to have not removed their masks, which were used to conceal their faces and identities. And most importantly, how were nearly 3 dozen men able to conspire inciting a riot (which likely would have turned violent) without authorities’ knowledge? A happenstance tip is the only reason these men were pulled over and arrested. If White supremacists can organize covertly in such a large group, that indicates a serious problem with law enforcement’s ability — or willingness — to infiltrate violent organizations.
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