Symbolic Outlaw Ban

November 21, 2016

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Symbolic Outlaw Ban

Last Friday, Hillsborough County, Florida Administrator Mike Merrill (above) distributed a memorandum to “All Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Employees” decreeing that “Any membership or voluntary participation by Fire Rescue employees with an outside organization that is recognized by government agencies to support or be involved in criminal or illegal discriminatory activity will not  be tolerated as these affiliations are contrary to  the mission of  public service.”

“Therefore,” the “directive” continues, “effective immediately, all Hillsborough County Fire Rescue employees are prohibited from being a member of or voluntarily participating with any outside organization as defined below: Any group, organization or gang characterized by the commission of, or involvement in, a pattern of criminal conduct as identified by the State of Florida or Federal government. Examples listed in the 2015 National Gang Report include, but are not limited to, Crips, Bloods, Surenos, Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, Gangster Disciples, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, Pagans, Vagos, Sons of Violence (sic), Outlaws, Banditos (sic), and The (sic) Mongols.”

Now! Breaking! Newz!

Merrill’s directive cannot be constitutional.y enforced Federal courts have repeatedly ruled that Americans have a right  to associate with whom they please. The landmark Supreme Court case was N.A.A.C.P. v. Alabama in 1958. Justice John Marshall Harlan II wrote the unanimous decision and among other things he said, “immunity from state scrutiny of membership lists … is here so related to the right of members to pursue their lawful private interests privately and to associate freely with others in so doing as to come within the protection of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Merrill’s memo was written in reaction to a series of sensational television reports by WFTSABC Action News I-Team” television personality Jarrod Holbrook. Last May, Holbrook reported that James Costa, a fire captain and medic for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue was president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the American Outlaws Association; that Clinton Neal Walker, another Hillsborough County fire fighter was also an Outlaw; and that Glen Buzze, a Captain and medic for neighboring Pasco County Fire Rescue was president of a local Pagans Motorcycle Club chapter.

The initial broadcast story was titled, “I-Team: Uncovering the Tampa Bay firefighters who run with criminal motorcycle gangs.”

Buzze had no criminal record. Decades before, Costa had been charged with battery but those charges were dismissed. Walker became part of the month-long series two days after the initial broadcast when he was attacked in a bar by a St, Petersburg police officer named Ruben DeJesus. DeJesus then charged Walker with felony battery on a law enforcement officer. When a video recording of what actually happened in the bar surfaced, the charges were dropped against Walker.

Holbrook did claim to have “obtained a flyer Buzze made on a taxpayer-funded fire station computer promoting an event for his MC.”

Ban Effects Nobody

After Walker was charged for simple battery following a September bar fight in Key West, WFTS sensationalized the incident, identified Walker as an Outlaw and resurrected its May reports in a news feature broadcast last Wednesday titled “I-Team: Hillsborough Firefighter and Outlaw faces Battery charge after biker brawl.”

One problem with the story broadcast last Wednesday was that Walker was no longer an Outlaw. An informed source said that Walker had been asked to leave the motorcycle club after the fight in Key West.

And an obvious problem with Administrator Merrill’s directive is that there do not now to appear to be any members of the motorcycle club working for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. Costa retired from the county service last May 31. So the Administrator’s refusal to tolerate “Hells Angels, Pagans, Vagos, Sons of Violence, Outlaws, Banditos and Mongols” is entirely symbolic. It will have no effect. It was done entirely for the benefit of WFTS, not the citizens Merrill was hired to serve.

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24 Responses to “Symbolic Outlaw Ban”

  1. Bone Head Says:

    I just don’t get it. Some county official pulls some stupid contrived rule out of his ass…Rebel writes an article on it(Thank you Rebel)…and less than two or three days later some LEO or garbage truck driver (apologies to actual working garbage truck drivers everywhere)runs in here to yell “naughty-naughty”; and catches hell from the regulars. Don’t they know the drill by now?

    I just don’t get it…

  2. Maven Says:

    Fuck the pigs and fuck the Hillsborough County Pigs in particular.

  3. Base Says:

    Overly personalized the sky is falling news cast + self righteous politician grand standing = another hero spouting off on the Aging Rebel.

    HillsboroughLEO

    Consider,
    American Law Enforcement are among the highest rate of suicide.

    Is it not conceivable that many of those suicides are due to those people conscience?

    The guilt of willfully participating and committing the worst of what humanity has to offer, murders, assaults, rape, kidnapping, extortion.

    Per capita cops break more laws than any other employed group of Americans.

    You must fit right in.

  4. popeye Says:

    Thanks hillsboroughleo for reinforcing the low IQ cop theory. Here’s a pat on the back and an “attaboy” to help you with that insecurity issue. Yup you’re a hero

  5. Gandalf Says:

    @HillsboroughLEO “Nobody is on the side of criminals besides other criminals.” TRUE! At the rate your going Y’all will be standing alone in 10 years. Good Luck with that. BTW When it happens… Expect the Prison Guards to run 1st. Expect the Prisons to empty into the streets where your Families used to walk.

  6. Phuquehed Says:

    And of course some stupid fucking Pig had to stumble its way in here and mouth-breathe its imbecilic blather.

    Shove it up your ass, whateverthefuckLEO, you waste of my good air. Go follow Sieg’s suggestion and make this nation better by it.

  7. NCRider Says:

    HillsboroughLEO – If you want to run your mouth about breaking the law and professions, you need to talk about your buddies in blue. Now days everyone including little old ladies from the local churches know how corrupt law enforcement is. So STFU. The issue here is not about Mr. Walker’s participation in a bar fight. It is about OUR constitutional right to associate with who we want and choose our beliefs. Its about people like Mr. Walker being punished and scrutinized for what they do in their private lives. Being a member of an outlaw motorcycle club is NOT a crime. Your comments mean nothing here. STFU.

    Cathy

  8. Mercyful Fate Says:

    HillsboroughLEO, Here are a few facts to enlighten yourself with:

    The US has an estimated population of 322,762,018. Today, roughly 1 in 3 persons (approx 107 million) has a “criminal” record.

    Laws are written by Congress. These politicians, and the laws they subsequently create, are influenced by big money lobbyists (re: Dupont vs Hemp) and/or religious zealots (re: Prohibition Era of 1920-33).

    Back in the 20’s people were put in jail for making alchohol. But the people fought back and the prohibition era ended and alchohol became “legal” to make and consume once again.

    Today, people are still put in jail due to possessing pot. However, just like prohibition, the people are fighting back and the states are now legalizing its manufacture and use.

    The “War on Drugs” was, and is, a complete failure in every conceivable way costing hard-working taxpayers 15 Billion dollars in 2010 alone. But hey, let’s expand the ATF and DEA anyways since you gotta fill those corporate owned penitentiaries with fresh warm bodies, right?

    There are so many federal laws that in 1982 the Justice Department tried, and FAILED, to determine the total number of criminal laws. That was over 30 years ago. Imagine how many more laws have been added to the books since then.

    There are about 20,000 laws just governing the use and ownership of guns – the very thing that is clearly spelled out in the 2nd Amendment as a constitutional right.

    New laws mean new crimes.

    People like you need to wake up and realize that you’re nothing more than government puppets given a badge and gun to enforce laws created by the elites of this world for their own benefit that are detrimental to the American people.

    The men (and women) that read Rebel’s writings know and understand what side they are on.

    And yet you will continue on in your miserable little life thinking you’re the good guy…

    FOESAD

  9. panamaa Says:

    Hear, hear Shovelhead…….. Well fucking said. That’s why the fuckers are getting shot every other day…

    Respects to you sir…

  10. Shovelhead Says:

    HillsboroughLEO,
    You’re on the wrong side LEO. You may think this is all funny now because it’s one group of people who’s rights are being stomped on. What you stupid fucking Pigs don’t get is, It’s your own constitutional rights you’re stepping on. Keep abusing your powers and Local as well as Federal legislators will be passing laws controlling you too.

    The Feds and their puppet Police are enemies of the people, you don’t have to be that way, but choose to. I guess you’re just Born to Rat!!

    Used to be, guys could get into a bar fight and then walk away, or stay and all have a beer together. Not with this cupcake generation. And the Cops can no longer do their job, they’re such cowards they shoot unarmed people because they’re too afraid to get into any kind of physical confrontation.

    I picked the right side of Real Men, and I’ll live that way till I die.
    Police working for Politicians in this era will go down in History as nothing more than paid Rats, Cowards and thugs. The most un-respected occupation in America. Fuck everyone of you uniformed pussies.

    Respect to 1%ers

  11. Sieg Says:

    When the police are pretty much constantly involved in shady shootings, drug-dealing, illicit sex practices, mostly of the short-eye variety, beatings, bribery, you name it, they really lose their “He’s a super hip leather wearing leo hero” thing, and become what they actually are, fucking scum with a badge and a gun.

    So call me a criminal, I don’t have a problem with that. If I wasn’t in opposition to everything the Mandarin class and their gun-thugs in blue were about, I couldn’t look myself in the mirror. At least the great majority of the so-called “criminals” I know have a sense of honor, and shame. Not so much the gun-thugs.

    In closing, I’d just like to say that all the good officers of Hillsborough County and surrounding areas, Waco, Indianapolis, and all the other stinking, corrupt, lawless shitholes, go fuck yourselves. Eat your gun, put that nice issue ammo to good use.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  12. Gandalf Says:

    Speedy Trial, Innocent until proven Guilty, The right to Protest, Freedom of Religion, Guilt by association, 2nd Amendment…. ALL are watered downed and under attack FROM BOTH SIDES.(R’s and D’s) Each side has it’s “pet” issue to attack. Our Media has evolved into a divisive Propaganda Machine. BOTH SIDES! The only good News is Patch holders (Club Members) are equipped to survive any Revolution that might come from either the Left OR the Right.

  13. HillsboroughLEO Says:

    Gee guys, I would say Assault and Battery are still against the law. You can’t argue with Video. “He’s a super hip leather wearing biker” unfortunately is not a great defense to bring to the court room. Play stupid games win stupid prizes! Nobody is on the side of criminals besides other criminals.

  14. Savage Says:

    What about the Iron Order? That’s an Honest question. Haven’t heard a peep out of them. To be fair you don’t see them going into bars and acting like they own the joint and ganging up on a few puny staff workers. Guys need to stop acting like gangs and they probably won’t be treated like gangs because if you changed the tone on the video to represent them as niggers I wouldn’t even question it.

  15. Angry White American Says:

    What ever happened to that swamp monkey police officer Ruben DeJesus?

  16. Fr. Abraham Says:

    Jacky D, Florida being a “right to work” state does not authorize a public fire department to fire an employee for engaging in constitutionally-protected activities that do not impact their ability to perform their jobs.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue is still a union fire department (as are most non-volunteer fire departments in the country) and they are still under contract with the county.

    Florida’s right-to-work statute says that a person can’t be denied the right to work for refusing to be part of a union, and that unionized public employees can’t go on strike. Unless there’s something in the union contract saying that an employee can be terminated for being associated with an organization someone deems unsavory, this asshole’s little anti-club edict isn’t worth the taxpayer-funded paper it was printed on. It would, at the very least, have to go before a review board of some sort.

  17. Jacky D Says:

    He can still associate with them but Florida being a right to work state means if he does then no job for him. And there is nothing he can do about it. I know Clint. Last i heard he is still in AOA.

  18. IronRider Says:

    And countdown to the first person filing a discrimination lawsuit for constitutional violations violations of their rights in 3, -2, -1, Honestly this is starting to get stupid.

    How long tell someone points out the various Law Enforcement personnel that are big SOA fans and love to play biker on the weekend with their 25 dollar sew on patch set are doing this exact same thing but yet are not mentioned in that report? And how is that you can say this to a Fire Fighter or EMT but no police officer’s are included? That will be one of the first things that will be pointed out in a discrimination lawsuit.

    All this little memorandum is going to is cost the taxpayers money when the matter is settled out of court and a check is cut and the pandemonium is put into the garbage can.

    I could give a fuck what an EMT or Fire Fighter does on their own time, and this is exactly that their own time. They arent wearing a cut or colors to work while performing their duties so who the fuck cares. Why do I have a felling this is the cops that are Iron Order members pointing this out to these so called officials and maybe pointing them to the notion they ought to ban them or fire them those folks. This seems like something IO members would pull

    Lets worry about other shit and not what people do on their own time, and I fail to see how they can let one set of patch holders and their profession go right on ahead and do their thing while others are told no can do. Yeah good luck with that one in court

  19. East Coast Says:

    Just another rag written wasting ink as usual. And the rule….another waste of tax dollars for the ink it’s printed with.

    FTP FTF FTIO/UO

  20. dogbreath Says:

    And unfortunately, the good citizens of Hillsborough County will never see these words.

  21. FF Says:

    Mike Merrill was born from his mother’s balloon knot.

  22. Sieg Says:

    Course the urine odor are still allowed, they’re useless cunts, and directly or indirectly already working for the FedCoats.

    FTF / FTP
    TOSIAR
    SYLO

  23. Paperslice Says:

    Looks like Urine Odor is still allowed I guess.

  24. panamaa Says:

    What about the fucking Iron Order?.. They conveniently left those fuckers out didn’t they… Fuck Hillsborough County and the bitch they rode in on..

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