LGBTQ+ Advocates Sat Community at Risk After Arrest of Patriot Front Members in Idaho

LGBTQ+ Advocates Sat Community at Risk After Arrest of Patriot Front Members in Idaho

(AP) – After the arrest of more than two dozen members of a white supremacist group near a northern Idaho pride event, including one identified as its founder, LGBTQ advocates said Sunday that polarization and a fraught political climate have put their community increasingly at risk.

Police said the 31 Patriot Front members were arrested with riot gear came after a tipster reported seeing people loading up into a U-Haul at a hotel parking lot in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Among those arrested was Thomas Rousseau of Grapevine, Texas, who has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the 23-year-old who founded the group.

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