The Neenah War On Motorcycle Clubs

December 5, 2014

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Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah, Wisconsin and four individuals have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Neenah, its police department, its police chief, one of the city’s police captains and the judge who signed the search warrant that authorized a Swat raid on the shop in September 2012.

“The warrant laid out claims against Eagle Nation, claiming the facility was being used in a complex drug manufacturing and distribution operation in conjunction with the Hells Lovers motorcycle gang and suggested activities and persons in the facility as if it were an episode of the television series, Sons of Anarchy,” the suit alleges.

The Swat Raid

The complaint states: “On Friday, September 21, 2012 shortly after 1:00 PM members of the Neenah Police Department, the Neenah Swat Team and the LWAMEG (Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group) executed the warrant for ‘Eagle Nation Choppers’ on all of the facilities located at the 206 Main St. business complex. Supervising the raid was Neenah Police Chief Kevin E. Wilkinson. The hyper-militarized force parked an arnored tank-like vehicle outside of Eagle Nation, stormed the building, bombarding the occupants with assault weapons drawn, screaming profanities and abuse, all while wearing plain clothes (ununiformed) and facemasks. None of the initial officers that entered the building were wearing marked police uniforms. Several of the Officers involved in the raid, including Captain Long would have known that such force was wholly unnecessary, given their close personal and long-standing working relationship with (bike shop owner Steven) Erato and Eagle Nation Cycles.”

The warrant was issued after members of the Metropolitan Enforcement Group “observed an alleged drug exchange take place in the alleyway located behind Eagle Nation Cycles…and Gords Pub…. After pulling the car over that was involved in the exchange, MEG determined that a small heroin sale took place.”

“Officers claimed that the target went into Eagle Nation.”

“Inspection of the location reveals that from where affiant was standing, it is a physical impossibility to see the rear entrance of Eagle Nation. This would be known to anyone even remotely familiar with this area of Neenah, Wisconsin.”

Neenah in The News

Neenah has a population of about 25,000. The Neenah Swat Team and its many implements of war including a “nine-foot-tall armored truck…intended for an overseas battlefield” was the subject of a feature story by Matt Apuzzo in the New York Times Last June titled “War Gear Flows to Police Departments.”

“When the military’s mine-resistant trucks began arriving in large numbers last year, Neenah and places like it were plunged into the middle of a debate over whether the post-9/11 era had obscured the lines between soldier and police officer,” Apuzzo wrote.

In the Times feature, Police Chief Wilkinson defended the militarization of his department. “I don’t like it. I wish it were the way it was when I was a kid,” he said. But he said the possibility of violence, however remote, required taking precautions. “We’re not going to go out there as Officer Friendly with no body armor and just a handgun and say ‘Good enough.’”

Eagle Nation Cycles and the other complainants are seeking $50 million in punitive damages, $200,000 in compensatory damages and $200,000 in lost income.

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17 Responses to “The Neenah War On Motorcycle Clubs”

  1. TrackSide Says:

    *****12/5/2015. Police set up this shop and it went bad– think!! Now get this out to the main media don’t let this go on *********Police of Neenah are taking advantage of the terrorists situation in Neenah,WI..to try and set up the bikers..while pushing for gun laws. This department is clearly CORUPT! Why is this allowed to go on?? AN INNOCENT MAN was killed Dec 5, 2015 at this shop…a cop shot in the head…and an estimated 3-10 HOSTAGEs(that was announced when chief wilikson announced the city was safe again …..all were safe to come out of the basement as the city of Neenah tweeted!! This is BS
    Just listen to chief Wilkinson…he could even answer how many HOSTAGES…he couldn’t answer anything!!!! He gave a BIG SPEECH THE CITY WAS SAFE AGAIN AROUND 1:00 12/5/2015..I SAW IT ON CNN!!!!!! I WATCHED THIS BREAKKNG STORY WHERE A COP WAS SHOT BY A BIKER(LIES) AND THE STORY JUST DISAPPERED OFF MAIN NEWS AND MEDIA!! WHERE ARE THE HOSTAGES AND HOW MANY OF THEM WERE THERE….THE CHEIF SPOKE publicly HE ITS SOOOOO OBVIOUSE THE POLICE AND GOVERMENT ARE ALLLLLL LYING TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC.

    Please do not let media get away with HIDING this from main stream. A INNOCENT MAN was killed!!! A police office shot in the head!!! What about the 3-10 estimated HOSTAGES

  2. TrackSide Says:

    The believe the police took advantage of the terrist situation…to try and set up the bikers…while pushing for gun laws. This department is CORUPT. Please do not let media get away with HIDING this from main stream. A INNOCENT MAN was killed!!! A police office shot in the head!!! What about the 3-10 estimated HOSTAGES

  3. dingo Says:

    It all boils down to the simple fact that pigs can & will do whatever they want, when they want & there’s not much anyone can do. Knowing some law doesn’t mean shit when the law isn’t applied by those who are supposed to simply enforce it, not make up as they go. If a pig wants you, youre as good as done. Knowing your rights is moot point when you don’t really have any. When the those nefarious motherfuckers lie, it may as well be the word of god. Judges, prosecutors, & pigs are all on the same team & we just get played. Nothing will change until we all bear arms, rise up, start the new revolution & start laying em down….
    To all the feds monitoring this site, just kidding, I would never buck the system… don’t shoot, my hands are up

  4. Tommy Says:

    There have already been cases where the cops body cam malfunctioned at the most important time….Body cams are a waste of money especially if the police are monitoring them.

  5. Ol'LadyRider Says:

    I have to wonder if the pub that shares that alleyway was also raided?

    I’m stumped at how a person entering a business AFTER allegedly selling a “small amount” of an illegal substance is grounds for a warrant alleging an entire business is involved in manufacture and distribution? Especially if that person couldn’t even have been seen in the manner that was affirmed?

    Good luck to Eagle Nation Choppers. They’ll have to sell their fancy tank to pay.

  6. panamaa Says:

    The 1033 program was started in 1997.. In essence what it does is provide surplus military-grade equipment to state and local governments (pigs) as long as they “declare” the intended use for each item…

    In other words, as you all know, the war on American citizens starts st the Federal level…

    Regards…

  7. WARTHOG Says:

    Body cameras? You really think that’ll change anything? We already have independent people filming police and nothing comes of it. Why the hell would body cams make the police more accountable? All we’ll end up with is more footage to piss us off and more evidence for them to suppress. Fuck the police! All cops are bastards!

    L&R,

    warthog

    FTP FTF FTW ACAB

  8. Ol'Goat Says:

    Should make it a felony for a kop to remove or disable a body camera.
    South Carolina makes it a felony for a kop to not answer the question: “why am i under arrest”, I used it once…2 weeks later kop wasn’t employed anylonger. Being satisfied that kop lost his job, I declined to file paper on him further. Know some law & you know how to hold them to obeying their own rules that they so willingly break all the time.

  9. Ol'Goat Says:

    Body cameras are only as good as the persons shirt/clothing they are attached to. They will have a power source and will likely be on an article of clothing or attached to an article of clothing, either are easily removable and/or easily disconnected from its power source.

  10. VAGO 1%er Says:

    Body cameras are a great idea. These fuckers need to be held accountable for every blink of an eye.

    The attention focus on recent shootings of unarmed civilians is only the very tip of the iceberg. The abuse, beatings, rapes, theft, dope dealing, property damage, threats, mind fucking, identity theft, ad infinitum……..have been going on forever. Sure they toss out a bone of a bad cop once in a while in attempt to placate us. But really?

    A problem with the body cameras though. Who is monitoring them?

  11. Anonymous Says:

    That video ‘Call the cops’ is inflammatory as fuck!

    I wonder if we will see less police brutality once they start wearing those new body cameras.

    Or maybe we will see more! up close, wide screen, high-def, landed the graphite sweet spot smack across your forehead skull cracking police gone wild action!

    Yours only for 29.99! And if you order now we will include a personally autographed topless picture of John Bunnell in all his huge pepperoni nipples glory!

    Ftp

  12. Sieg Says:

    There is no reason, in a free and law-based society, for police to use armored-vehicles, SWAT teams, “dynamic-entry”, balaclavas, as nauseam, AT ALL.

    But then, this is no longer a free Nation, nor a law-based society, and the Constitution is nothing more than a quaint memory.

    TOSIAR

  13. BMW Says:

    I sincerely hope that the plaintiffs win this deserved lawsuit. In a community of 25,000, there is no reason to use armored vehicles and trained SWAT assassination teams to serve a search warrant. I also hope that the citizens wake up BEFORE they wake in the middle of the night to find a tank in the yard and SWAT assassins breaking in the door (perhaps shooting each other in the back of the head).

    I think that everyone who regularly read this page can foresee that the militarized police forces will continue to use the heavy weapons long after the motorcycle shops relocate far from town. But are the citizens aware of the danger to themselves? I doubt it.

    JUSTICE FOR ZACH TIPTON!!!
    L,H&R TO ALL 1% RIDERS EVERYWHERE!!!
    BMW

  14. Meh Says:

    ” I cant wait until citizens figure out those armoured piggy carriers are easily disabled and make a great pig roaster when set on fire.”

    They are so top heavy due to high CG that rollover trainers had to be built. They do badly on cambered surfaces, on soft ground, and the variety based on truck chassis can easily high-center. If you use a two-wheeler as your preferred form of transport and live at the end of suitable road it would be easy to make it…interesting for overweight vehicles to visit.

    Mud and ponds are still legal.

  15. popeye Says:

    In a town of 25,000 people why do cops feel the need to wear facemasks during a swat raid? I’m sure everyone knows who the cops are in town facemasks or not.
    I agree with RVN69 . This is all about seizure of assets and nothing more. I cant wait until citizens figure out those armoured piggy carriers are easily disabled and make a great pig roaster when set on fire.

  16. Phuquehed Says:

    Cops – The largest criminal gang, with the most cowardly, criminal members walking the face of the planet.

    The only good pig, is one that’s not breathing.

  17. RVN69 Says:

    I believe that on the face of it this is punitive use of asset seizure to enrich the town. The raging abuse of asset seizure by law enforcement is staggering. They can take your property and money with no evidence of wrong doing, only a suspicion, and then it it up to you to prove, usually over the course of several years that you are innocent and the property is not the proceeds of a crime. Talk about standing our constitution on it’s head, we are back to colonial days and quilty till proven innocent.
    The case here is that the property the shop sits on is very valuable and if they can seize it and sell it the city stands to pocket a few million for payroll, equipment ect. This has nothing to do with drugs, especially not for .9 grams of pot.

    RVN69

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