Long Beach, CA 90803
- Phone number (562) 277-7219
Authorities openly target motorcycle clubs, particularly 1% clubs, selectively enforcing the law, in order to harass or investigate individuals based on the belief that they are definitionally criminals. This perspective is based on an outdated stereotype that is ignorant of statistical reality and foundational constitutional principles that have been consistently confirmed by the Supreme Court and other federal courts.
Many federal and state authorities insist that what they call “outlaw motorcycle gangs/OMG’s” are a significant organized crime threat in America, despite the statistical data that proves criminal activity involving these clubs is negligible at best. (Note: the OMG tag is universally rejected by the clubs labeled gangs by law enforcement.)
Tens of millions of dollars are spent targeting and prosecuting motorcycle clubs based on a fallacy of composition. The regurgitated actions of the few are used to create a generalized assumption about thousands of people, regardless of statistical reality. Crimes committed by individual members of motorcycle clubs are highly sensationalized and presented to be representative of the entire community. In fact, the statistical data that does exist, including the data generated by these same agencies, proves definitively that clubs labeled OMG’s represent a myopic percentage of criminal activity in this country. Indeed, data suggests that law enforcement agencies commit and sanction many more major crimes than motorcycle clubs.
To begin to paint an accurate picture it is necessary to know how many members of these clubs and convicted felons there are in the US. Statistics say that there are 44,000 members of clubs labeled OMG’s, 24,000,000 convicted felons, and 6,851,000 whom are currently under correctional supervision.
- The FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center estimates that there are 44,000 members of so-called OMG’s in the U.S. According to the NGIC, “OMGs are organizations whose members use their motorcycle clubs as conduits for criminal enterprises. Although some law enforcement agencies regard only One Percenters as OMGs, the NGIC, for the purpose of this assessment, covers all OMG criminal organizations, including OMG support and puppet clubs.”
- According to the Princeton University study, GROWTH IN THE U.S. EX-FELON AND EX-PRISONER POPULATION, 1948 TO 2010, 20 million people in 2010 had a felony conviction. Accounting for growth rates, there were approximately 24 million people in 2014 with a felony conviction.
- According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 6,851,000 adults were under correctional supervision (probation, parole, jail, or prison) in 2014. (see BJS, “Correctional Populations In The United States, 2014”)
Statistical Reality- Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs Members a very small fraction of convicted felons in the US.
Although there is no statistical data tracking the number of motorcycle club members who are convicted felons, law enforcement would have you believe that all members of clubs they have labeled OMG’s are criminals.
Despite the obvious inaccuracy of this claim,- most members of clubs labeled OMG’s have no criminal record- let us assume for the sake of argument, and to demonstrate the absurdity of law enforcement assumptions, that every member of every club that authorities label a criminal gang is a convicted felon.
Even if all 44,000 members of clubs labeled OMG’s were convicted felons, the overall impact on felony convictions would be minuscule. Do the math. 44,000 members/24,000,000 convicted felons=0.00183333 or .183333%. The impact on those currently under correctional supervision would be similarly insignificant. 44,000 members/6,851,000 currently under supervision=0.00642242 or .64%. A fraction of 1% does not justify the stereotype of criminality. It’s that simple. The following Pie Chart graphically demonstrates the absurdity of focusing on motorcycle clubs as a law enforcement priority.
Actual Number of Convicted Felons Among Clubs Labeled OMG’s
Although the NGIC estimates the number of members, no data on how many members are actually convicted felons is available. On August 2, 2016 the MPP conducted a short survey with a small national sampling to generate data on the issue. The survey data is derived solely from motorcycle clubs labeled OMG’s by law enforcement. The survey asked two questions; 1- number of members in your Chapter; and 2- number of convicted felons in your Chapter.
# of Chapters included in Survey: 5 (States surveyed include Washington, Oregon, California, Texas, and Maryland.)
Average Number of members: 15
Average number of Convicted Felons per Chapter: 3 or 20%
The survey results revealed that there was an average of 1 convicted felon in 5, or 20%. Although the above example, which counts every member of targeted clubs as convicted felons, demonstrates that clubs definitionally have a minimal crime print, 20% of members is a far more realistic projection than 100%. 20% of 44,000 = 8,800 club members that are convicted felons. 8,800 represents an almost non-existent 0.036% of the 24,000,0000 total convicted felons in the US.
Why Are There Felons In Motorcycle Clubs?
Options in society for most felons are extremely limited in terms of employment and some basic civil liberties and often felons feel rejected and stigmatized by society. Motorcycle club culture was created by individuals that had been rejected by society after having returned home from war. Motorcycle clubs provide an opportunity for reintegration to those released from incarceration without the constraints of a judgmental mainstream.
The motorcycle club world is a classless society in terms of mainstream establishment social hierarchy. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a common laborer or an executive. When you walk into the club world, status is dictated by respect and honor and not your education or job title. Club culture provides an alternative way of life free from the condemnations of the mainstream. Everyone has to live by the same legal schematic. But not everyone has to reinforce or acknowledge mainstream social hierarchies or elitist behavior.
Note: Some crimes are definitionally despicable and individuals that have committed these crimes are not accepted, or they are ostracized, from the club community. Crimes targeting children are an example of such an offense.
Hypocrisy Defined: LE Authorizes Informants To Commit Thousands of Major Crimes Annually
For decades, law enforcement agencies have authorized informants to commit major crimes. Labeled “otherwise illegal activity”, these sanctioned major crimes are considered to be necessary for undercover informant work. But, aside from the FBI, “otherwise illegal activity” has not been quantified by other state and federal agencies.
In 1997, according to the criminal defense firm O’Brien Hatfield, PA, “It came to light when reporters revealed the FBI had authorized mobster “Whitey” Bulger to continue his criminal enterprise long after he became an FBI informant in 1975. Since that revelation, the U.S. Attorney General has required the FBI to keep reports on “otherwise illegal activity” by its “confidential human sources.”
But obtaining these reports has proven difficult over the years. At least until members of the press were able to obtain some quantifiable numbers from the FBI. The Huffington Post Reported on December 27,2013:
“In a Jan. 14, 2013, letter to Justice Department officials, obtained by The Huffington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request, FBI officials disclosed that its 56 field offices authorized informants to break the law at least 5,939 times during the 2012 calendar year. USA Today reported earlier this year that the bureau allowed its informants to break the law 5,658 times in 2011.”
O’Brien Hatfield explains that the reports “indicate the otherwise illegal activities were considered Tier I and Tier II violations. The Justice Department defines a Tier I violation as activity that would be criminal if not for the authorization of a federal prosecutor, and includes major crimes such as drug trafficking, public corruption and crimes of violence. Tier II violations aren’t necessarily less serious but can authorized by a senior FBI field manager.”
“Unfortunately, other law enforcement agencies are not required to keep such reports, although it is widely assumed that all levels of law enforcement allow informants to commit crimes during investigations”, says O’Brien Hatfield.
Annually, nearly 6,000 major crimes are being authorized by the FBI alone. Considering that all levels of law enforcement authorize criminal acts, the actual numbers would be truly staggering.
All levels of law enforcement sanction informants to commit major crimes in order to arrest and convict other individuals for committing these same crimes. This hypocrisy overwhelms the amount of criminal activity in the club community many times over.
Study Proves Police Commit More Felonies Than Outlaw Bikers
Police officers are arrested about 1,100 times a year, or roughly three officers charged every day, according to a new national study, thought to be the first-ever nationwide look at police crime, conducted by researchers at Bowling Green State University through a grant from the Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice.
The most common crimes were simple assault, aggravated assault, and significant numbers of sex crimes. About 72 percent of officers (825 annually) charged in cases with known outcomes are convicted, more than 40 percent of the crimes are committed on duty.
The number of convicted felons in clubs labeled OMG’s, as explained above, is approximately 8,800 total. The number of convicted cops over the last 11 years, according to the only data that exists, is 9,075. (825 convicted cops per year x 11 years). More cops have been convicted of felonies in the last 11 years than the total number of felons in clubs law enforcement labels OMG’s.
This is hypocrisy at the highest level. Statistically, without bias, police are more of a threat to public safety than outlaw motorcycle clubs have ever been.
Conclusions: Motorcycle Clubs Are Not A National Law Enforcement Issue.
Considered in context with data suggesting law enforcement is a larger contributor to crime, the analysis leaves no doubt that clubs targeted by law enforcement are targeted based on stereotype as opposed to statistical reality. The vastly expensive surveillance, investigations, harassment and profiling campaigns conducted by authorities are simply not justified based on the irrefutable statistical reality that motorcycle clubs mathematically have a negligible to non-existent impact on the level and magnitude of felony crime in the United States.
David “Double D” Devereaux is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Council of Clubs, Founder of the Motorcycle Profiling Project, and works with motorcyclists at the national level.
This week, Teen Vogue promoted a column by a doctor calling for the legalization of sex work. This would generally go unremarked upon — similar arguments appear across the media landscape, and even in the Democratic presidential campaign — but for her characterization of prostitution to the young readers of the magazine as a mere career choice, as valid as any other.
Nestled between teen-friendly fluff pieces on fashion tips and celebrity tidbits, the column compared selling your body for cash to the practice of medicine — just another profession, just another choice. In fact, supporting prostitution is described as “the litmus test for intersectional feminism.” “When you think about it,” the author asks, “aren’t I a sex worker? And in some ways, aren’t we all?”
Teen Vogue is just the latest example of a trend that treats sex work as a valid career to be marketed to young girls. In Stockton, California, a high school newspaper recently caused a stir by printing a favorable profile on a senior who makes money by appearing in pornography. The girl says she is estranged from her parents and short on cash, but perhaps such “opportunities” will soon be part of career counseling.
Muskegon Bike Time is back for another run this weekend, and organizers are saying that this year’s event is “bigger, better and louder than ever before.”
Now in its 13th year, Muskegon Bike Time has been promoting Muskegon and the lakeshore as a place for motorcyclists and the general public to gather and enjoy the spectacle, attractions, entertainment and food offered during this four-day event.
Already underway, the event will run through Sunday, July 21.
According to a press release, the mission of Muskegon Bike Time is to produce entertainment opportunities in Muskegon aimed at attracting a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts for a vacation experience on Michigan’s West Coast.
“Over the years, Muskegon Bike Time has been an economic boon to hotels, restaurants, bars, gas stations, local retailers and other local tourist Aattractions,” said Tim Lipan, spokesperson for Muskegon Bike Time. “All of the events surrounding this special motorcycle weekend provide an economic impact of over $30 million yearly to the local economy and showcases all we have to offer in Muskegon and along the lakeshore.”
With activities and events occurring in the downtown Muskegon area and beyond, the main gathering place of Bike Time activities will be at the Hot Rod Harley Davidson property in downtown Muskegon, 149 Shoreline Drive.
General event hours are 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Experience a variety of scenic rides along the West Michigan shoreline with great views of Lake Michigan, scenic rivers, and massive sand dunes, as well as winding roads through forests and small towns. Muskegon Bike Time promotes a variety of scenic rides, throughout the West Michigan shoreline, for visiting bikers.
Patriot Ride – Take a police-escorted non-stop scenic ride of the area with more than 200 bikers. The ride is generally 1.5 hours long. A $10 donation per person supports Every Woman’s Place. Sunday, July 21, 2019. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Kick stands up at 11 a.m.
7 Lakes Northern Ride – scenic ride showcasing seven lakes and numerous small towns in West Michigan.
Hot Rod Harley & Downtown – leaving Hot Rod Harley Davidson in downtown Muskegon, cruise the strip of Western Avenue, which is open to motorcycle traffic only, which includes beer tents, breweries, restaurants, vendors and other activities.
Pere Marquette Beach – visit this sugar sand beache on Lake Michigan.
Lake Shore Drive Southern Ride – this ride takes you along the Lakeshore to resort towns of Grand Haven and Holland, and past several lakes and rivers.
Music will be everywhere. Live concerts, beer tents, street performers and local bars and breweries will provide music of all genres.
All concerts are free and presented by Little River Casino & Resort on the main stage located at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson.
The concert schedule:
Friday, July 19 – 6– 10 p.m., Pop Fiction, performing high-energy pop rock from the 1980s, 1990s and today.
Saturday, July 20 – 5:30– 7:30 p.m: Bettie Paige, a tough guitar-driven rock and a slammin’ fiddle with a retro edge, playing everything from old Springsteen to Johnny Cash.
Saturday, July 20 – 8-10 p.m., Let There Be Rock – A Tribute to Early AC/DC, emmulating essence, power, and electricity, the three key elements of a live AC/DC show.
Besides checking out all the bikes, there are plenty of events planned throughout the weekend. There will be a Biker Rodeo with biker games of all kinds 4-6 p.m. Friday at Hot Rod Harley Davidson. Or try the Bikes & Bags Cornhole Tournament with $1,000 in cash prizes taking place 5-9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Hot Rod Harley Davidson.
For the full agenda of Muskegon Bike Time events, visit muskegonbiketime.com.
This just in from Iowa, and we wonder who moved so quickly on this. I have suspicions, but the Bikernet team is still investigating. This came from Ann Robinson, Hal Robinson’s ex-wife. She is constantly searching for anything related to Hal’s art, which for years was featured in Easyriders Magazine. In fact, we worked with her to create a small line of T-shirts and limited edition art for sale in our shop. Hal’s art is featured significantly on the ER tombstone. He created the character, Miraculous Mutha.
I had found an article that you had written online re: Colors Magazine. I saved the link which worked at first but now directs me to the Bikernet blog site. I have the full 5 issue set of Colors. They have been stored in heavy plastic sleeves for 49 years now and are in great condition. It did take me awhile to locate them as my darlin’ man moved them from where I had originally stored them (in a footlocker with all the old Easyriders, which I also still have) and then he forgot where he had moved them to.
So anyway, they are safe and sound and back in my grubby little mitts. My question is…do you know of anyone that is searching for them? If so, would you kindly point them in my direction. I would very much appreciate it. They have been under my protection for 49 years now and I have hauled the fuckers cross country at least 8-10 times. I would very much like to profit from it now. After Clark died of cancer in 2001 I was left with my retirement wiped out and a huge debt (cancer aint cheap dammit!) I’ve been working my ass off ever since trying to recoup from it and I just keep keepin’ on. I hope you are doing well and it would be great to hear from you. thanks for your time…..Jil
Name: Jill Tong
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I reached out to Jill who was a tattoo artist in Tombstone, Arizona. I got my last tattoo with Jill during Pat and Brook Kennedy’s wedding weekend back in about 1990.–Bandit
At a press conference late Monday, the CEO of Johnson Marine, makers of Johnson outboard marine engines and other recreational equipment, unveiled a new line of heavyweight cruiser style motorcycles designed to compete head to head with industry leader Harley-Davidson.
Peter Long, Johnson brands marketing manager said, “We have studied the market and determined that Harley, while highly successful, has narrowly missed the mark when targeting motorcycle buyers”. Long added, “We, at Johnson, are convinced our product hits the target dead center and promises to draw sales away from Harley-Davidson in a way no other motorcycle has been able to accomplish”.
The new line of bikes, marketed under the name ‘Big Johnson Motorcycles’, will, according to Long, deliver what Harley has only promised. “Our research show that this, “Big Johnson” is what Harley buyers are really after”.
At the unveiling of the new line Monday, several current Harley owners agreed. “When I bought my Harley, what I really needed was a Big Johnson”, said one Harley owner.” But I see now that riding a Harley is no replacement for having a Big Johnson.”
Manager Long also said that his company would follow the lead of Harley-Davidson and cash in on a huge market for non motorcycle related products. “We realize that not every guy can have a Big Johnson”, said Long, “But image is very important to people. If they don’t have a Big Johnson, they at least want to project the image of having one.”
Asked if he anticipated Big Johnsons showing up in the hands of Harley owners, Long said it was unlikely. “I just don’t see the need to have a Harley if you have a Big Johnson”, he said. “And I can’t imagine someone who spends all their resources to acquire a Harley having a Big Johnson. I think it boils down to this – You either have a Harley, or you have a Big Johnson, but you are not likely to have both. “Given the choice”, said Long. ” I think most guys will opt for the Big Johnson”. Another force driving sales for the company will come from women. A survey of the wives and girlfriends of nearly 1,000 potential motorcycle buyers indicates less than 5% would approve of their partner spending $15,000 on a Harley Davidson. But, when asked if they would be willing to pay the same amount of money to get their partner a Big Johnson, nearly 4 out 5 thought that would be money well spent.
One female present at the product unveiling was quoted as saying, “There is no way I will let Lonnie drop 15 grand on another one of those Harleys, but 15 grand to get him a Big Johnson? Well, now that’s something we could both enjoy and it’s something he really needs.”