David Crites, a member of the Chosen Sons Motorcycle Club in Baltimore, was cleared of charges resulting from a mutual combat dustup with members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club in June 2014.
The Chosen Sons was founded by Baltimore policemen in 1969 and continues to accept police officers as members. Crites is a Baltimore City detective. The Club has six chapters in Maryland and one chapter in North Carolina. On its website the Chosen Sons states: “It’s not about acting like a fool…It’s about knowing the difference between respect and disrespect.”
The Iron Order, which has numerous police members, describes itself as “the law abiding motorcycle club.”
The Chosen Sons maintains respectful relations with other clubs except the Iron Order.
Crites and a Chosen Sons patch holder named Keith Romans were charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and conspiracy after a fight with Iron Order members in Essex, Maryland on June 7, 2014. Romans retired from the Baltimore Police Department in 2012 after being shot in the face during a traffic stop. Romans was subsequently nominated as an America’s Most Wanted All – Star by the former Fox television show.
The Essex fight occurred during the aftermath of another incident in which Iron Order members complained to police that they had been attacked by members of the Chosen Sons and the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Clubs in a bar called Kenny B’s Blue Marlin in Dundalk. Maryland on February 7, 2014. Another Chosen Son and retired Baltimore policeman named Eric Christopher Jansen was sentenced to “probation before sentencing” for his part in that fight.
Witnesses alleged that Iron Horsemen Eric Lloyd “Animal” Calkins was beaten in the head by Iron Order members during that fight. Calkins is a veteran who suffered a traumatic brain injury during his military service. Calkins was eventually sentenced to two years imprisonment with all but 60 days suspended.
Romans and Alessandro Lori pled guilty to disorderly conduct and Nicholas Burkey pled guilty to second-degree assault last February. All three men were sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation and 50 hours of community service.
An Iron Order member named Timothy “Sentinel” Taylor was involved in both fights and has spoken loudly about both incidents. Taylor has complained that members of his club are victims. After Romans, Lori and Burkey were sentenced, Taylor told the Baltimore Sun the charges against the Chosen Sons were “a step in the right direction.”
Prosecutors asked that the charges against Crites be dismissed because they lacked sufficient evidence to prove his guilt. Taylor, apparently, had no comment.