Kish North sat outside the Cottonwood Heights police station on an August afternoon. He had a pistol strapped to his left hip and wore a blue t-shirt that said “Thank You Trump.”
North founded a group last year called Utah Patriots. One of their self-ordained roles is to provide “security” for events by showing up to protests armed.
“We came out arm-in-arm,” he said, recalling the summer of 2020 when they came to a protest at the station….