Last Friday the city of Cincinnati filed a nuisance lawsuit that is intended to shut down the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club’s clubhouse at 3609 West 8th Street.
The building used to be a biker bar named Vic’s Brew and Cue, The Iron Horsemen moved in last Junes and Cincinnati has been trying to force the club out for the last two months. City officials say the building is owned by an Iron named Horsemen Alexander Mazzaro. Mazzaro and another man were indicted last month on six counts of felony assault, The charges stem from the stabbing of three people in a Cincinnati bar in September.
The Iron Horsemen club was founded in Cincinnati in the mid-1960s and now has chapters in 12 states.
The suit complains that the building is marred by numerous building code and fire code violations that make it unfit for occupancy; that the club has a bar that sells adult beverages to members; and that the clubhouse “interferes with the public right to health, safety, peace and comfort, thereby creating a public nuisance.”
The lawsuit also calls the Iron Horsemen a “criminal gang” that’s “one of the most dangerous gangs in the nation.”
Cincinnati police and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation unleashed a Swat raid on the clubhouse. Police stole various articles of Iron Horsemen indicia and arrested a club prospect named William Francis Meeker for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Organized Criminal Outfit
At the time of the raid a police captain named Paul Nuedegate told local television station WKRC, “They are not just a weekend motorcycle club that does Toys for Tots at the end of the year. They are an organized criminal outfit that engages in drug trafficking…methamphetamine trafficking.”
WKRC has been enthusiastically following the police harassment of the Iron Horsemen for years. Last Friday an Assistant City Solicitor named Mark Manning was bluntly told the station what was going on. “The city obviously wants the building fixed but we also want the Iron Horsemen to not use this as a clubhouse so that’s part of our entire intent here. They moved this clubhouse up here earlier this year, I know the police department’s been very concerned about it. The community has been very concerned about it, so we want to make sure we respond to those concerns.”
The first court hearing on the city’s lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday.