The president of an upcoming gay pride event in Helena said he has been working with local law enforcement to make sure everything goes safely, after members of a right-wing group were arrested over the weekend near a similar celebration in Idaho.
On Saturday, Coeur d’Alene police arrested 31 people from a group called Patriot Front crammed into a U-Haul trailer on misdemeanor charges of conspiracy to riot. One person was from Idaho, police said, with others from Washington, Arkansas, Texas and Wyoming.
Patriot Front is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “a white nationalist hate group” that broke off from a similar far-right group after the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.
Prior to the event, Coeur d’Alene police said they didn’t have any “verifiable information” that groups were coming to the city to “engage in riotous conduct,” the Associated Press reported.
THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record
Kevin Hamm, president of Montana Pride, formerly known as Big Sky Pride, said Monday he has been working with local police and the Lewis and