5 Members Of White Nationalist ‘Patriot Front’ Convicted Of Planning Riot At Idaho Pride Event
A jury has found five members of the white nationalist hate group Patriot Front guilty of criminal conspiracy to riot at a Pride event in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
A Kootenai County jury on Thursday found Forrest Rankin, Devin Center, Derek Smith, James Michael Johnson and Robert Whitted guilty after about an hour of deliberation.
A total of 31 Patriot Front members were arrested on June 11, 2022 after someone reported seeing people loading into a U-Haul van like “a little army” at a hotel parking lot in Coeur d’Alene, according to police.
When police pulled over and searched the van near where the North Idaho Pride Alliance was holding a Pride in the Park event, they found riot gear, a smoke grenade, shin guards and shields, Coeur d’Alene Police Chief