If we did not exist the police would have to invent us.
Forty-six motorcyclists, many of whom may have actually been members of the Gypsy Jokers Motorcycle Club, were stopped for riding in a pack last week on Interstate Highway 84 near Boise, Idaho.
Law enforcement enthusiasts who lurk this site should know that bikers like to ride in packs because it makes a small vehicle into a large one. Motorists who cannot see individual motorcycles can hardly miss a pack that is as long as four or five buses. And, yeah, you’re right. It can be kind of fun.
Prep The Jet
Anyway, apparently our democracy has evolved to the point where the mere site of a pack of motorcycles now sets off alarm bells.
Interstate 84 runs from approximately Henefer, Utah to Portland, Oregon. The pack was returning from Sturgis, which is actually in South Dakota. So apparently the bikers had managed to avoid detection all the way across Wyoming and Utah before crack units of the Idaho biker police picked them up somewhere east of Boise. Sirens whooped. Men dressed like the Marines in Alien 2 slid down poles and agreed “Let’s rock n’ roll!” Far to the south, in the little village of Glendale, near the larger village of Los Angeles, a tiny tailor named John Ciccone, the top biker cop and one of the premiere auto burglars in all the land was heard to shout, “Prep the jet! Now!”
By the time the pack reached Nampa the police were ready to pounce. “The group wouldn’t at first cooperate in the traffic stop, so more officers from around the area were called in to help,” Boise television station KTRV explained. Also, possibly none of the bikers understood what was going on because they hadn’t actually done anything illegal. Eventually a cruiser led the pack off the Interstate and into the parking lot of an auto mall.
KTRV reported that, “dozens of police officers were brought in to help wrangle a traffic stop…which may turn into a federal investigation.”
Tattoo Mike Reporting
A Gypsy Joker named Tattoo Mike told Tim King of the Salem News, “They had M-16’s. There were cops everywhere. The FBI was there. I guess we ran a red light and that was their reason for pulling us over…. They lined us up. They photographed us. It was really unnecessary. They had three or four circles of containment around us. There were cops everywhere.”
The pack was detained for two hours. One rider was compelled to take a breathalyzer test which he passed. Another rider was carrying a small amount of medical marijuana for which he had a prescription. A third rider was carrying a concealed weapon for which he had a valid permit.
The Idaho Statesman said all 46 bikers were “cited.” It neglected to say for what. A Nampa police spokesman told KTRV that, “the federal gang unit will release more information…explaining the group’s violations.” But so far, no further explanation for the stop has yet been released.