Weekend Pass: Cops keep eyes on outlaw clubs (Sturgis, SD)

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Mar 042010
 


Outlaw motorcycle [clubs] might claim to be good ol’ boys who like to ride bikes, but law enforcement officers say that by definition, outlaw [club] members are involved in crime. Kevin Thom, director of the Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Investigation, said that he considers outlaw [clubs] to be organized crime.

To keep track of [club] activity, DCI completes a report at the end of the Sturgis motorcycle rally tallying all contacts officers have with [club] members and gathering intelligence information. Officers note who is enrolled in which [club] and what roles individuals have within the [clubs].

The information is then put into a report a few inches thick and shared with 35 states and five foreign countries that have an interest in the information, Thom said.

The information gathered this year will be used by DCI to prepare officers for the next year’s rally, Thom said. DCI puts together a Law Enforcement Safety Bulletin, a handbook of outlaw [clubs]’ identifiers and terminology, a timeline of violent motorcycle [club] involvement in South Dakota from 1981 to the present, and acts of violence nationally in the current year.

The crimes traditionally committed by outlaw [clubs] during the rally are drug possession and distribution, motorcycle theft and assault, according to Pat West, director of the Rapid City DCI office. In general, [club] members don’t commit random attacks against others. “If you mind your own business, everything will be fine,” West said. “If you pick a fight, you’ll get one.”

Anyone picking a fight with one [club] member might get more of a fight than he can handle, West said, because other [club] members will join in. “Every one of them is loyal to those colors and that group,” West said.

Law officers have been concerned in the past that [club] violence would erupt at the rally because of disputes between [clubs] in other parts of the country. In April 2002, a shootout between the Hells Angels and the Mongols in Laughlin, Nev., left three dead and 12 hospitalized. In February the same year, a fight between Hells Angels and Pagans in Plainview, N.Y., killed one and injured 10, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities here were alert for signs of problems at the 2002 rally, but none occurred, Thom said.

“Rivalries between [clubs] ebb and flow,” West said.

Motorcycle thefts are big business for outlaw [clubs], and professional thieves work motorcycle rallies, Thom said. Law enforcement officers work to prevent thefts and recover stolen bikes, and representatives of the National Insurance Crime Bureau come here to try to identify stolen motorcycles and parts.

Locally, the Bandidos is the only outlaw [club] with official chapters, two in the Black Hills and one East River. Hells Angels owns 120 acres north of Sturgis, and the Sons of Silence have a 10-acre campground seven miles north of Sturgis, Thom said.

A Rapid City Bandido, Christopher Horlock, 44, turned himself in June 21 in Houston after being indicted with 25 other people in Seattle, the AP reported.

Horlock, a national regional secretary for the Bandidos, was wanted on charges of conspiracy to tamper with a witness.

Horlock’s indictment and arrest was part of an offensive launched by federal agents and police against the Bandidos after a two-year investigation, according to the AP. Authorities served arrest and search warrants in Washington, Montana and South Dakota.

Source: know[clubs].com

Jun 242009
 

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Yes, you too can tell the Citizens of society to F-Off by proudly displaying your own 1%er/FTW medallion!  This coin has been created by the Northwestern Territorial Mint for ANYONE to purchase… Yes, you can proudly display this in your home with absolutely nothing to back it up!  Who needs the hassle of prospecting for months or years to prove your mettle when, for only .50, you can own one of these fine tokens of your 1%er mentality…  The following comes straight from the website:

“Trouble was caused by the one percent deviant that tarnishes the public image of both motorcycles and motorcyclists.” – American Motorcycle Association, responding to the Hollister Motorcycle Rally in 1947.

The most feared and respected riders roaming the blacktop, one percenters are a breed apart from all others. These individuals bow to no one, test the boundaries of all and give their devotion to few.  The 1%er insignia is worn with pride by those who choose not to settle, not to give in to polite society but instead ride with the wind in their face and their back to the status quo.

How do you become a one percenter? If you have to ask the question, you won’t understand the answer. Only another one percenter can truly understand what belonging takes. These riders find freedom in the style they see fit and apologizing to no one for it. A brotherhood on two wheels, a bold way of life – a one percenter is the ultimate expression of liberty.

This coin is diamond-shaped, reflecting the “one-percenter” design that the select clubs use to show their allegiance to their club. Against a pitch-black backdrop, the reverse features a grinning skull above the letters “FTW” – shorthand for a take-no-prisoner worldview commonly held among club members. The obverse shows the “1%er” text. Minted in a nickel alloy, this coin is imbued with ebony enamel on both sides.

Might as well buy two or three of these.  And if you are interested, you can get some cool accessories like a small carrying pouch (in blue, burgundy, or black), or a hip acrylic stand!  The coins start shipping the first of July and I would suggest getting yours on order now to be sure you have one or two in place in time for the second season of Sons of Anarchy to air.

http://store.nwtmint.com/product_details/2591/One_Percenter_Coin/

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

Disclaimer:  For anyone new to the motorcycle scene that might be reading my blog, please be aware that members of the 1%er communities take their patches, colors, and 1% designation very seriously.  You do not want to unknowingly wear or display something that could lead to a very real confrontation.  I have posted on this topic in the past and invite you to learn a bit more about the biker culture before innocently buying into something that could end badly.