White nationalist Patriot Front has been released on bail.

Thirty-one members of the white nationalist group Patriot Front, who were arrested over the weekend on suspicion of plotting to violently disrupt the LGBTQ Pride event in Idaho, have been released on bond. Will appear in his preliminary court in weeks, a court official said Monday.

According to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Police Chief Lee White, the men arrested on Saturday were dragged in the U-Haul rental truck they were riding in and are facing riot conspiracy charges.

White said a local resident called authorities after seeing a group of men, all wearing white guitar-style masks and carrying shields, loading themselves into the truck “like a small army.”

He said police stopped the truck about 10 minutes after the call, which was a short distance from the “Pride in the Park” event.

Carlin Behringer, a trial court administrator in Kotinai County, confirmed that the men had been released from prison and would appear in court at a later date.

During a news conference Monday, White said authorities had no prior knowledge of the group’s plans in the Coeur d’Alene, Idaho pan-handle town, about 380 miles (612 kilometers) north of the capital Boise.

“We have a lesson for our community; that concerned citizen can prevent something terrible from happening,” White said.

The video, taken at the scene of the arrest and posted online, shows a group of men in police custody, kneeling in front of a truck with their hands tied, as well as khaki pants, a blue shirt, and white. Wearing masks and baseball caps.

The man, who police say is affiliated with the white nationalist group Patriot Front, poses for pictures of prison bookings released by the Coutinho County Sheriff’s Office in Cover de Alien, Idaho.
Coutinho County Sheriff’s Office / Handout by REUTERS

Police officers removed from the truck at least one smoke grenade, shields and shin guards and a collection of documents, including an “operation plan,” White said over the weekend, which made his intentions clear.

“The level of preparation is not what you see every day,” he said. “It was immediately clear to us that this was a riotous group.”

White said the men came from at least 11 states across the country, including Texas, Colorado and Virginia.

White said that since his arrest, he and others in his department have received death threats. He did not elaborate.

The “United the Right” rally of white nationalists in 2017 resulted in the formation of the Patriot Front, which took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, when it split from another extremist group, the Vanguard United States. According to the center, which tracks hate groups.

Local media reported that Saturday’s Pride event, which organizers called the largest ever in Northern Idaho, drew hundreds of people to the festival, including a talent show and a drag queen dance hour.

“We’re in the city where we were last week,” Coeur d’Alene Mayor Jim Hammond said Monday. “We are a city that respects everyone, welcomes everyone.”

In Spokane, KREM-TV reported that several small groups went out to protest the gathering, with dozens of people carrying guns on the side of the park, with organizers saying it was an attempt to intimidate participants in the LGBTQ event. ۔