There have still been no charges filed against Iron Order Motorcycle Club hit man Derrick “Kong” Duran. Duran shot and killed one member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club and seriously wounded another at the Colorado Motorcycle Exposition in Denver on January 30.
Everybody knows he did it. The police know. They aren’t stupid, only corrupt. The real question for Denver police is basically the same question police in Jacksonville Beach had to answer a year and a half ago: Which is how to make it look like the Mongols deserved it. How to blame the victims? How to paint the Iron Order red, white and blue? Antecedent probability suggests that police in Denver will wait about six months, announce that Duran acted in self defense and then spend the remainder of an hour-long press conference vilifying the victims.
Duran has gotten a pass, at least, partly because the Iron Order guards its public image like a Kardashian or a Manning.
Not everybody sees the cop king’s beautiful clothes. While Duran has been enjoying his paid vacation from the Colorado Department of Corrections, Expo promoter Pro Promotions Inc. has banned members of the club from future events including a motorcycle show and expo scheduled for March 5 and 6 in Colorado Springs.
Pro Promotions Letter
Jim Wear, president of Pro Promotions sent a letter to the Iron Order that, edited for brevity, reads: “Understanding that public safety has always been our number one priority at all events produced by Pro Promotions” and that “violence was not our first or only issue with members of your organizations at one of our events; that “your sister club – the Iron Rockets – have also been involved in violence at our past events;” “that due to issues between your club and at least six other clubs in this state;” “that the motorcycling community as a whole has clearly pulled all support for your organization here in Colorado;” and “that we can no longer insure the safety of the general public as long as your members are anywhere in the vicinity; be advised that Pro Promotions no longer welcomes any or all members of your organization to our events.”
“We hope that your organization will agree to a voluntary ban on your members attending our events,” Wear continues. “If however that is not agreeable on your end, be advised that we are prepared – in the interest of public safety – to take whatever appropriate and legal measures are available to keep your members as far away from our business as possible.”
Wear’s letter hasn’t been widely publicized. One of the few places where it has appeared is a Facebook page titled “Stop the Iron Order in Colorado.” The general public and most journalists had never heard of the Iron Order until Duran went on his shooting spree two weeks ago The news stories that followed relied on posts published here and on various anti-Iron Order Facebook pages as well as public statements and interviews by Iron Order fixer John “Shark” Whitfield to try to understand what the Iron Order actually is, what it actually does, who joins the thing and why it is so repugnant to members of other motorcycle clubs.
Most reporters seem stuck on the conundrum of why a bunch of cops would want to dress up like the Sons of Anarchy and then go out of their way to provoke gunfights with members of clubs like the Mongols, Hells Angels, Vagos, Bandidos, Pagans and Outlaws and Iron Horsemen and so on. That conundrum probably works to the Iron Order’s advantage.
For years the Iron Order has been trying to silence criticism and satire of the club by outsiders. Last April, members of the club hacked this website with a two month long brute force hack, then vandalized it. The site was down for three weeks. It was a blatant cyber crime intended to control the public image of the club. Yesterday, complaints from Iron Order members convinced Facebook to remove a couple of what the Iron Order calls “hater pages.” The pages were “IOMC The Real Truth 2” and “I Think Iron Order Sucks Too.”
The owners of those pages were advised, “Your page has been unpublished. Your page is currently not visible on Facebook. It looks like content posted on your page doesn’t follow the Facebook Terms and Community Standards, so your page was unpublished. These Terms and Standards help ensure Facebook remains a welcoming, respectful environment. We allow you to speak freely on public figures and events, but take action on all reports of abusive behavior directed at private individuals. Learn more about how to recognize and prevent bullying in our Bullying Prevention Hub.”
That “Bullying Prevention Hub” defines bullying as “any kind of repeated aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power such as social status or physical size. Along with physical or verbal attacks, bullying also includes making threats, spreading rumors or deliberately excluding someone from a group.”
Facebook also says it will “remove content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety.”
How those ground rules apply to the pages that were removed remains unclear.
Three Facebook pages critical of the Iron Order remain active. In addition to “Stop the Iron Order in Colorado” readers may still visit “Iron Order Truth Crew” which describes itself as a “News/Media Website” and “Iron On Order of Mississippi, Screeming Demons,” which describes itself as a Travel and Leisure page.