The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club held its annual run in Cody, Wyoming this year. The Angels last sojourned in Cody in 2006 when they were constantly harassed by a Department of Homeland Security helicopter.
The Angels National Run tends to be a boon for local policemen who use it as an excuse to demand overtime. Locals are usually whipped into a panic in anticipation of the arrival of the Red and White. This year was no different.
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Last month, the Cody Enterprise editorialized, “Cody walks a tightrope when it comes to the Hells Angels. Given our proximity to Sturgis, it appears they favor Cody as their staging area before proceeding en masse to the Black Hills.”
“We have our own militia,” the Enterprise alerted locals, “formed of city, county, state and federal officers – to keep a lid on things in our village. Cody has largely adopted the famous general’s ‘Powell Doctrine’ from the Gulf War. It emphasized ‘overwhelming strike capabilities with an emphasis on ground forces, and widespread public support.’”
“Armed with nearly $200,000 in special state funding to pay, feed and house our small army of officers,” the editorial continued, “we’re sure to have the first two criteria covered. But if officers stop or ticket locals every time they spit on the sidewalk, as seemed to happen in ’06, the Hells Angels may be the least of their concerns.”
As it turned out, the local militia was less obnoxious that the last time the Angels were in town. And yesterday, almost a week after the club left, television station KULR in Billings, Montana added up the damage. This is what the station learned.
Christi Livingston, the owner of a motel called the Moose Creek Lodge, told the Billings station the Angels who stayed there “swept parking lots” and “took out their trash.” When they pulled out they left behind “two giant flower bouquets.”
Cody police chief Perry Rockvam reported that club members didn’t let members ride drunk. “If they have someone they feel is too intoxicated or impaired to operate a motorcycle, they rented vehicles and they’re providing transport back to where they’re staying, then they coordinate getting their motorcycle back too,” Rockvam said.
And, a local food bank called the Cody Cupboard told KULR the Angels “donated 719 pounds of food, including fruit, milk, meat, and buns to the food bank.”
Sometimes when you do right people do notice.