This has been one of those weeks when the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club can’t stay out of the news.
First there was the great biker brawl that wasn’t, as Newsday put it. Then there was the revelation that anybody who was ever married to somebody who joined the Angels is a security threat.
The brawl that wasn’t was last Sunday in Hempstead, New York, on Long Island.
According to Newsday and other sources, about 100 members of the Unknown Bikers Motorcycle Club surrounded the Hells Angels clubhouse in Hempstead “to retrieve vests… after they were taken by Hells Angels on Friday night.” Newsday attributed the accusation to “an initial gang intelligence report by the Nassau County police special investigations squad.”
The Unknown Bikers was founded in Brooklyn and has multiple chapters in New York City.
More than 50 police including a Swat team from Hempstead and the Nassau County Police Department converged on the club house, apparently to guard it and whoever was inside.
According to a spokesman for the Nassau County police, “Upon arrival of officers, bikers dispersed without incident. There was no fight, no injuries and officers remained until the bikers left.”
But, the incident made the papers anyway.
Security Clearance Revoked
Meanwhile in British Columbia, s woman named Janette Yuen Shan Wu was fired from her job at the Vancouver International Airport because she was once married to a member of the Kelowna charter of the Hells Angels named Damiano Dipopolo. Dipopolo has been arrested eight times but has no convictions. The couple divorced in 2006 and Wu is now married to a Whatcom County, Washington Deputy Sheriff. She was granted the security clearance she needs to work at the airport in 2013.
Wu lost her clearance last year after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police told Transport Canada that she was once married to a member of a motorcycle club. Transport Canada is the government agency that regulates all transportation in Canada. According to that bureaucracy, “The decision (to revoke her clearance) reasoned that there were concerns about Ms. Wu’s judgment as it was reasonable to believe that she was aware of Mr. Dipopolo’s involvement in a criminal lifestyle before their separation and that given his lifestyle, she may be subjected to intimidation, violence and manipulation by him.”
Wu appealed the loss of her job, but last week the Federal Court of Canada ruled that Transport Canada has the right “to err on the side of public safety.”