Cincinnati Versus Iron Horsemen

November 9, 2015

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Cincinnati Versus Iron Horsemen

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.

Criminal Gang

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.


12 Responses to “Cincinnati Versus Iron Horsemen”

  1. popeye Says:

    Someone should do a study on the crime rate in neighborhoods with club houses. It has been my observation that crime rates drop and neighbors are glad they’re there ,once they get past the initial panic. I remember a certain clubhouse on 3rd street in the village getting a safest block in the city award from the mayor. Moms would bring their kids to play out front

  2. Bone Head Says:

    Good old Cincinnasti. That city is a real piece of work. I’ve been down on West 8th many years ago on a more or less regular basis. It stunk then…and has gone downhill since then. Frankly, I’m surprised the Iron Horsemen would grace that part of the city with their presence. Them being there is actually a step up.
    As far as the Cincinnasti cops and the city having a problem, that’s actually funny. Their cops can’t do a damned thing about all the shootings, car-jackings, robberies, or any of the mayhem that goes on all the time down there. You see them on newscasts asking the people watching to call in tips so they can solve who did it. With the clowns (probably the trigger kids who did it) standing behind them laughing and smirking. Only way they can look good is to fuck with The Horsemen.
    I wish them luck.


  3. Sieg Says:

    Guess this means that Cincy swat is going to be hitting all those places in OTR next, hell, there’s more code-violations in most of those buildings than there are in the books! And dope? Criminal gangs??? Shit, you best not walk more than a few blocks in any direction down there without a piece in your hand. Course, those gangs are indigenes, so they can’t put any real heat on ’em, and hey-they shoot back.

    West 8th has been a sewer for decades, and ain’t getting any better. Be refreshing if someday, one of these pigs would just say “we need a little publicity, and we wanted to play with our toys, so…”


  4. Phuquehed Says:

    Just another shit-stain city with air-wasting, dumber-than-fart pigs who have to go after guys who wear an ID on their backs and don’t do anything like the crime that goes on in the rest of the city.

    As usual, the pigs are pussies and leave the real criminals alone out of fear and go after those who’ve done nobody wrong.

    The only good pigs, are those not breathing.

  5. Paladin Says:

    “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.”

    Building code violations aside, it would be interesting to see what the city has to offer the court in support of their claim that the clubhouse “interferes with the public right to health, safety, peace and comfort, thereby creating a public nuisance.” Unless there’s someone willing to testify to the fact that the club has a bar and sells adult beverages to members, that allegation is nothing more than hearsay.

    In order to be considered a nuisance, there has to be a pattern of criminal activity / conduct, documented by arrests, or complaints from the surrounding neighbors with documented service calls to that location. Even in the foreign country of Cincinnati, the indictment of a property owner doesn’t automatically mean he or she is guilty, or that his or her property is now a public nuisance.

    I realize that in the city of Cincinnati, the sounds from motorcycles is in stark contrast to the all too familiar and excepted sounds from gunfire, but that certainly isn’t a reason for the city or law enforcement to panic.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  6. Road Whore Says:

    With the Muslim encroachment it won’t be long before anyone with any sense at all prays to god that motorcycle clubs establish club houses in their neighborhoods.

    Lock and load.

    Ride Free

  7. Bone Head Says:

    I live about 40-50 miles out of Cincinnasti and in another county, so I’ve got a fair idea of just how fucked up and sometimes gut-busting funny those asshats are.
    I’ll bet even The Horsemen are laughing about the building code violations…especially in a city where they’ve had buildings collapse onto the city streets and neighboring buildings and they allowed people and businesses to occupy them right up to the moment of collapse.
    Yeah…the fuckwads use “law” and “codes” to suit themselves. Probably because in the 60’s one of their big-time newscasters tried to walk in to one of their clubhouses with a cameraman to do a live broadcast.
    He did his live broadcast out in front of the clubhouse…and on live tv he got beaned with a beer bottle.

    Epic, lol !!!! And that clubhouse is still open I believe.

    Respects to you all and The Iron Horsemen.

  8. Base Says:

    Wonder if there was an actual meth lab found or just some container’s that have been considered paraphernalia?

    We all know how they do!

  9. FF Says:


    Right? I mean, I don’t always build a meth lab, but when I do, I build it in a clubhouse that’s being watched 24/7 by the police.

    Stay thirsty, my friends.

  10. TX_Biker Says:

    A couple years ago some members of an AMA motorcycle club moved a few houses down from me on my street. They came by to pay their respects and we became friends. One night while having a couple of drinks with them this guys Ol’lady says to me “you know all the neighbors are scared of you”. At first I thought good, let’s keep it that way. But, after considering it for a bit I made sure to introduce myself to everyone on the street and offer them a neighborhood discount from my A/C business. Now they wave when they see me, or call me if there is someone nosing around the neighborhood that doesn’t belong there…a little goodwill goes a long way to dispelling the myths that surround us…..

  11. Moonshiner Says:

    Sounds to me like the cops are pissed because a motorcycle club has a liquor license.

  12. Centurion Says:

    Police LT.Joe Gliniewicz recently committed suicide. He was under investigation for theft, drug trafficking, drug possession, money laundering. Partial investigation turned up numerous ‘baggies’ containing cocaine at his Fox Lake PD Desk.

    So, that makes all cops thieves, drug dealers, drug traffickers, and money launderers. AS long as you want to do that LUMP SUM thing with everyone who rides a bike or belongs to a MC, lets put it where it really belongs, on the PIGS.

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