A former Baltimore cop named Eric Christopher Jansen has been arrested on charges of first and second-degree assault, theft and robbery after he punched a member of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club in a bar named Kenny B’s Blue Marlin in Dundalk. Maryland.
The bar is southeast of Baltimore City and within two miles of Fort McHenry. The incident occurred February 7.
Jansen retired from the Baltimore Police Department last September. A Baltimore County detective identified Jansen in surveillance footage of the fight because he had worked with the former city cop last year on the Baltimore County Regional Auto Theft Task Force. Jansen is a patch holder in the Chosen Sons Motorcycle Club.
The Chosen Sons has four chapters in Maryland and may be the largest motorcycle club in the state. It is comprised mostly of police officers and firefighters, other public employees, private detectives and bounty hunters. The mother chapter is in East Baltimore. A slightly romanticized version of the club was renamed the Deacons in a 1995 episode of the television show Homicide: Life on the Streets. Most of the Deacons in the show were played by Chosen Sons patch holders. The club was founded by Baltimore policemen in 1969.
The Chosen Sons generally maintain a cordial and proper relationship with other clubs and subscribe to the same code of conduct as virtually all other three piece patch motorcycle clubs.
The Iron Order proclaims that it is a special motorcycle club that does not have to cooperate with other clubs or subscribe to the common code of conduct of three piece patch clubs. The Iron order has branded itself as the “law abiding motorcycle club” in an obvious attempt to brand all other three piece patch clubs as law breaking and to ally itself with various law enforcement agencies. Iron Order members have had numerous confrontations with members of other clubs as a result. In Maryland, the Iron Order has had several confrontations with the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club.
On the evening of February 7, four Iron Order members were drinking in Kenny B’s Blue Marlin with several women. A fight quickly ensued after members of the Iron Horsemen entered the bar. After Jansen and other Chosen Sons entered the bar they joined the fight.
Court documents filed in the case allege that in the course of the fight Jansen pushed a woman out of his way and punched a man standing behind her in the face.
The Iron Order members are cooperating with police. One alleges he was struck in the head with a hammer and that someone tried to steal his club vest. Another Iron Order member has alleged that his cell phone was stolen.