Police In Idaho Are Getting Death Threats After Arresting 31 White Supremacists Near Pride Event
Idaho police are saying that they have been receiving death threats since arresting 31 men affiliated with the white nationalist group Patriot Front near an annual LGBTQ+ event over the weekend.
Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White talked to reporters Monday, saying that his headquarters has recieved about 149 calls in the aftermath of the arrests.
He said about 50 percent of the calls have been applauded by the community, but the other 50 percent have been death threats.
“And the other 50 percent — who are completely anonymous, who want nothing more than to scream and yell at us and use some really choice words — offer death threats against myself and other members of the police department merely for doing our jobs,” White said. “Those people obviously remain anonymous.”
“Since myself and other members of my agency have been receiving threats, including death threats, I think it appropriate to withhold that person’s information,” White said.
As we previously reported, On Saturday (June 11), at least 31 masked Neo-Nazi white supremacists were arrested near a pride event going down in Idaho. All 31 were charged with conspiracy to riot, which is a misdemeanor.
Police in Idaho say the group of members are affiliated with the nationalist group called Patriot Front. Police say the suspects traveled from at least 11 states, and they were seen traveling together in a U-Haul truck, gathering near a pride event in the city of Coeur d’Alene.
“Looked like a little army”: A 911 call tipped off police in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, reporting a group of men dressed similarly and piling into a U-Haul. Police arrested 31 people on charges of conspiracy to riot outside the community’s Pride parade. CNN’s @BrianToddCNN reports. pic.twitter.com/PLDDwOBlQt
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