All 31 were accused of plotting the riot, which White said was a misdemeanor. The men undertook the booking process on Saturday afternoon and will be questioned on Monday, he said.
Based on the evidence and documents collected, authorities found that the group planned to riot not only in the park but also in several parts of downtown, White said.
Police found riot control equipment, a smoke bomb, shin guards and shields inside the van, White said. They wore handcuffs and emblems on hats symbolizing that they were members of the Patriotic Front, he said.
When police learned about U-Haul from a tipster, White said he was “loading into a small army vehicle” in the parking lot of a hotel. Officers immediately located the truck and recovered it.
Arrest videos posted on social media show men kneeling on the grass with their hands zipped up behind them.
On the back of a shirt was written “Rescue America”.
Police, one by one, took them to the front of the patrol cars, took off their masks and then loaded them into a police van.
White said the detainees were from at least 11 states, including Washington, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Colorado, South Dakota, Illinois, Wyoming, Virginia and Arkansas.
Only one is from Idaho, he said.
The truck was parked near where the North Idaho Pride Alliance held the Coeur d’Alene Pride at the park event. Police were on security duty in the area during the ceremony.
“It appears that these people did not come here to engage in peaceful events,” sheriff Bob Norris, a district sheriff, told a Coeur d’Alene Press reporter.
The Patriotic Front is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the “white nationalist hate group” that emerged after the deadly “right unity” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
“The Patriotic Front focuses on theatrical rhetoric and action, which is easily distributed throughout the country as a campaign for its episodes,” the Southern Poverty Law Center said of the group.
The panel’s report calls for the creation of a white race in the United States, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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