Coeur d’Alene Mayor says there’s work to be done following hate group’s arrest

COEUR D’ALENE, ID. — All 31 people that were arrested near a Coeur d’Alene Pride celebration on Saturday are already out of jail.

Charged with conspiracy to riot, a misdemeanor in Idaho, each member paid a $300 bond. They will appear in court at a later date.

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Jim Hammond says there’s work that needs to be done in order to keep groups like this out of the Coeur d’Alene community.

“We are not a city that wants to discriminate,” Hammond said. “We are not a city who wishes to bring any hurt upon anyone.”

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department says they’re convinced the 31 people arrested came with the intentions to hurt people at Pride in the Park, a pride event in Coeur d’Alene.

“I have no doubt in my mind that had that van stopped at the park or much nearer the park, that we still would have ended up in a riot situation,” Police Chief Lee White said.

Authorities found riot gear and a smoke grenade on the members. Police did not comment on if firearms were found. It is an ongoing investigation.

“We still have so much paperwork to go through,” White said. “We just got done executing a number of search warrants on the Uhaul and some other vehicles that were seized and so we still have a bunch of work to do.”

By no means are there plans to stop working on keeping hate groups out of the community.

“We’re not going back to the days of the Aryan Nations,” Hammond said. “We are past that, and we will do everything we can to make sure that we continue to stay past those kinds of problems.”

Hammond says he is open to starting conversations on the current bond system.

“We’d have to work with our legislators in terms of changing that, but that is a good point,” Hammond said. “Certainly, we would want any kind of determent that we can find to ensure that people like that don’t show up in our community.”

With the current charges, the City prosecutor says the maximum penalty could be a $5,000 fine and up to one year in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has yet to comment on potential federal charges brought against any of the men

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