Hells Angels Gang Enhancement

September 30, 2009

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Two weeks ago a jury in Phoenix found a man named Nathaniel Sample guilty of the felony of “acting for the benefit of a criminal street gang.” Sample has earned a patch in a motorcycle club that you might know.

So as a result, a week later the Maricopa County Attorney, Andrew Thomas, issued a swaggering press release announcing “that for the first time in Arizona, a jury has labeled the Hells Angels a criminal street gang when they convicted a gang member in an assault case at a Scottsdale bar.”

“The Hells Angels,” the release continued, “know their way around the legal system and fight any gang allegation levied against them. They routinely collect fees from their members throughout the country to pay for defense lawyers who contest any charge labeling them as a ‘criminal street gang.’ Nonetheless, the efforts of the prosecution team, in conjunction with the dedication of the Scottsdale Gang Unit and support from other Arizona law enforcement agencies and resources, secured justice for the victim and an accurate label for an outlaw motorcycle gang.”

The Crime

The trial, verdict and the release are all the fruit of a nasty mugging in a place called the Billet Bar in Old Town Scottsdale on March 28, 2008. A victim who has never been named bumped into Sample and another Angel named Jose Cano after which the two Angels proceeded to beat the crap out of him.

The civilian was beaten to the ground and kicked. At least one witness said he was hit with a beer bottle. The one sided battle ended when a woman in the bar threw herself on top of the victim to protect his body with hers. According to a police statement issued at the time, the victim had non-life-threatening injuries and was awake and alert when the cops got there.

Sample and Cano fled. Sample was arrested six days later. Cano was arrested about two weeks after that. Both men were charged with aggravated assault. Cano pled guilty to the charge. Sample fought it and wound up being convicted of the felony assault and also the felony of belonging to a motorcycle club.

Because of the “street gang” conviction, Arizona law dictates that Sample must do an extra three years in prison. Because he beat up another guy in a bar while being a member of the Hells Angels he now has two felony strikes. And a third felony conviction in Arizona will earn him a 35-years to life sentence in prison.

Street Gangs

Calling every insubordinate group a “criminal street gang” has become one of the most effective tactics for enforcing social control in the new America. Most state definitions follow the definition in the United States Criminal Code.

“‘Criminal street gang’ means an ongoing group, club, organization, or association of five or more persons that has as one of its primary purposes the commission of one or more criminal offenses; the members of which engage, or have engaged within the past five years, in a continuing series of offenses; and the activities of which affect interstate or foreign commerce.”

Criminal offenses meaning like, you know, smoking jive or threatening to punch a TSA guard in the mouth.

The average moron could spot the logical flaws in this definition. So the problem is not that judges and prosecutors cannot understand what is unjust in “gang prosecutions.” The problem is that judges and prosecutors will not understand.

The logic in all of these legal definitions is circular. A “criminal street gang” is a “criminal street gang” that is or has in the past been a “criminal street gang.” No line is ever drawn between the gang that is the Rolling 60s, the gang that is Blackwater, the gang that is the Republican Party and the gang that is the Boy Scouts of America.

An unknown amount that exceeds $300 million is provided by the federal government to prosecute “criminal street gangs” each year.

Tom’s Criminal Street Gang

History buffs know that “criminal street gangs” have plagued authorities in this nation for more than 200 years. One early “criminal street gang” called the “Sons of Liberty” even espoused political revolution.

But, perhaps the most succinct historical description of a “criminal street gang” can be found in the “outlaw novel” Huckleberry Finn written by a disreputable misanthrope who wrote under the “river name” Mark Twain.

“Now we’ll start this band of robbers and call it Tom Sawyer’s Gang,” the hoodlum Twain wrote. ‘Everybody that wants to join has got to take an oath, and write his name in blood.’ Everybody was willing.

“So Tom gave out a sheet of paper that he had wrote the oath on, and read it. It swore every boy to stick to the band, and never tell any of the secrets; and if anybody done anything to any boy in the band, whichever boy was ordered to kill that person and his family must do it, and he musn’t sleep till he had killed them and hacked a cross in their breasts, which was the sign of the band. And nobody that didn’t belong to the band could use that mark, and if he did he must be sued, and if he done it again he must be killed. And if anybody that belonged to the band told the secrets, he must have his throat cut, and then have his carcass burnt up and the ashes scattered all around, and his name blotted off the list with blood and never mentioned again by the gang, but have a curse put on it and be forgot, for ever.

“Everybody said it was a real beautiful oath, and asked Tom if he got it out of his own head. He said, some of it, but the rest was out of pirate books, and robber books, and every gang that was high-toned had it.”

Fortunately, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has never read what is, by acclamation, the greatest American novel. If he had, there would probably be warrants out for Tom Sawyer right now. Readers who are too smart to be the Maricopa County Attorney already know that Finn, who actually lived in the streets, stole a valuable piece of property, to wit, another man’s negro, and went on the run.

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24 Responses to “Hells Angels Gang Enhancement”

  1. Rebel Says:

    Dear Drifter,

    I’ll be back.

    Rebel

  2. Drifter Says:

    What Rebel said…..

    Cops consider themselves a club and definitely implement an us against them mentality.

    There is no longer, a “to protect and serve” mentality as they use to tout, it is officer safety and look at us cross eyed and we will mess with you for exercise. Illegal check points, profile pull overs, more frequent than ever.

    Lying on police reports is the norm not the exception and all part of the blue code.

    This has been highlighted in the increase of botched SWAT raids where people and dogs are murdered. They cover for each other, with hold information and evidence, and along with DA’s have no problem in screwing you over and laughing about even if you are innocent.

    You best watch your Government, that is the real threat.

    So which gang are you afraid of again?

    Rebel, to go off topic I use to lurk here a lot and really miss your articles and have not seen any updates?

    Am I missing something?

    No matter, great site and thanks for keeping it around.

  3. Rebel Says:

    Dear Besider,

    I am not sure what you are trying to say.

    Let me try this for a response. I believe “gang” is an accusation that power mad authoritarians use. It is basically meaningless. You are right that becoming more powerful than you would be alone and gaining self-esteem are important components of joining an outlaw club. As well as joining the police. I have had ATF Field Agents tell me they belong to a club, by which they meant the ATF.

    In my experience, cops take themselves much more seriously than outlaws and I don’t think we can go through a week in this country without the police, somewhere, beating some poor guy to death because he was not respectful enough to them. We went through a stretch in this country where all a cop had to do was manage to jump in front of a moving vehicle and he could execute the driver through the windshield because he “felt great fear for his life.” Actually, what most of that was, was some asshole cop just wanted to have blood on his hands. So he could be a real hero. I think cops kill at least ten times as many citizens as outlaws do. At least.

    I think America has always been a tribal nation. To a large extent in the past the tribalism was mollified by nationalism. We were all patriotic Americans. Now that American nationalism has been mostly replaced by rigid social orthodoxy (political correctness) and by international capitalism (outsourcing) there is a lot of media and police noise about “gangs.” Saying gang is just a way for stupid bullies in uniform to make people do what the cops want. Joining an outlaw club is one manifestation of anti-authoritarianism. So is joining the Tea Party.

    Really dude, I do not think people are any different now than they were 70,000 years ago.

    Look, if you are some security guard or something and some outlaw is giving you a hard time just do what you have to do. Either make friends or fight it out. If that is what you are going on about. If you shit your pants everytime you meet an outlaw I am not sure what I can tell you that will help you. Maybe you should go write a book about this subculture. You have the right attitude to get it published.

    If your question is, why not just lock people up for belonging to an outlaw club, the answer is because people in this country have, and should have, the Constitutional right of free association. There is no difference between locking people up for belonging to the Mongols than locking somebody up for being a pentecostal, or a Ghost Dancer, or a Mormon, or for being vegetarian, or joining PETA, or for voting for the Green Party. Attempting to do so is what the Clinton Administration called “bite sizing issues.” Bite szining is a way to simplify a complex issue with a simple non sequitor. What is wrong with America? Well it has to be something that fits into a sound bite and has a “take away.”

    “What is wrong is gangs! Outlaw gangs to fix America.”

    “What is wrong is homophobia! Outlaw homophobia to fix America.”

    “What is wrong is guns. Outlaw guns to fix America.”

    “What is wrong is Jews. Outlaw Jews to fix America.”

    Germany tried that long ago. The problem wasn’t Jews. The problem was cops. Throughout history, the problem in all tyrannies has always been the cops. The other problem in Nazi Germany problem was manipulation of the mass media by the government. So of course the Nazi cops were always “heroes.” I have never heard so many Rear Echelon Mother Fuckers and Pogues described as “heroes” in my life as I have in the last few years.

    What is wrong with America is tyranny. Outlaw the police to fix America.

    Rebel

  4. Besider Says:

    I’ll start with this.I do not understand why when someone tells you,they are a Hells Angel,Mongol,Pagan,Outlaw,’P’Streeter,Crip,Blood,etc.that the person is not held for the same as experiencing a death threat.Anyone who has to experience,just doing their thing(doing their job as a custodian, security guard,fast food worker where the req.is to work together(not be their friend,not be their co-member in a club and just happen to work aside each other,not be in love with each other,just be a teammember,w/o violating work policy)or doing the laundry at a local laundromat with your mouth shut,or etc.and having someone tell you they are a gang member and then tell you,they want to do this,or you wanna go on a date,or I wanna suck your meatpuppet.And then if you don’t,get threatened with violence,which if anyone has a brain(as some of you other writers here have said)is the same as being told,’If you do not do as I want,I will kill(or?) you(and this is the important part because when you tell someone,’I’m a Hells Angel,or etc,you are automatically telling them,’I am a member of an organized crime group no different than the local mafia(and we regularly kill people for little reason),al Quada,FARC and I-I-I do Not Represent Only Myself.So essentially you are talking to a gang,when you are talking to me.And having a gang means I get what I want(which I am use to getting,Not like you family based or citizen of a country based thinkers,where if you do not get what you want,you go on to a next thing or try a different tactic(w/o violating the law or a persons sense of personal security),or to say work for it)And when I talk to you,you had better fear,or respect me even tho I give you NO reason to respect me or no reason Not to be afraid of me.In other words I do not think like a citizen(where having respect for leaders is there not because you are afraid of them but because it is understood and exampled by them regularly,showing its a complicated but best that I can manage it managed by me in a legal manner temperalness,and yes the fear is still there cause they are in positions of power..but then that is real respect(a complex thing itself)does.I think like the whole world is and only is something for me to take and use as I will.Which is survival,thats true,but its not -citizen think-which in the US takes years to get and we often don’t because the Constitution is a complicated document and our schooling ain’t what it should be in this country.Not simply an authoritarian paper as in Bhutan,older China,or Nazi Germany So with this said and knowing even among yourselves thats what you represent,Why shouldn’t it be that when you tell someone you are a member(and by the way,the contributions the bikes make alone does not come near the amount of money req.’d to cover the damages/court costs/public distrust org.crime groups generate)and as with so many mafia’s setting up charitable orgs to present to the public that they are a bunch of good guys just get a little out of hand now’n again(which if one checks the books on them usu. is near like only ten percent of the net the’groups’ take in)and you would’like’or are demanding or just flat out threatening them,that that combination of,’O,I’m an Outlaw and I want you(…blank),be considerred a death threat.Because thats what it is.Its,’Hi’,I the representative of the gang want you to do this,and if you don’t,then WE (the noted gang) ain’t gonna like it and we will Mindfuck,burglarize or kill you.And thats what you,MR./MRS gang member represent.You do not represent the nation, its Constitution or its Law Enforcement.You represent you and/or your gangs ‘wants/desires’legal or not.SO anyone other than gang members reading thi8s,I ask you,’Why aren’t they recognized as being the same thing?As they already are in some countries in Europe…No matter how many there are only males in the world and no one has children examples you want to pop up as your defenses…Why?

  5. Issac Maez Says:

    Thanks you i find you on the google and this very good! Sorry my bad english.

  6. Jarhed Says:

    Is that all I got?
    What more do I need?? A bunch of wanna be bikers with no motorcycles is basically nothing more than just another glorified street gang with a funky handshake.

    By the way, the old members of your club that I used to know, wouldnt be running their mouths acting like some internet tough guy..Those guys were real bikers.

  7. THE SELFISH ONE Says:

    thats all u got devil dog? u bore me. im gona quit while im ahead. talk to you later peewee.
    THE SELFISH ONE
    BOYLE HEIGHTS CHAPTER
    MONGOLS MOTORCYLE CLUB.
    MFFM.

  8. Jarhed Says:

    The sad part,4 guys in your chapter, and only 2 of you got bikes.
    Yeah just like I remember, a bike club with no bikes and alot of macho talk.

  9. THE SELFISH ONE Says:

    OK KNUCKLEHEAD NOW THAT YOU KNOW HOW MANY MEMBERS WE HAVE IN OUR CHAPTER (4) THE JIGS UP THE REST OF THEM MUST BE AT YOUR OL LADY’S HOUSE. I FIGURE SINCE I’M GOOD AT INSULTING YOU I SHOULD JUST KEEP ON GOING! YOU KNOW NOTHING OF MY CLUB AND THE MEMBERS YOU CLAIM TO KNOW “BACK IN THE DAY” IF YOU DID THEY WOULDA BEAT YOUR ASS JUST FOR FUN!!! AND WHO THE FUCK SAYS FYI EVEN MY OL LADY GOT A CHUCKLE OUTTA THAT ONE. AS FAR AS YOUR “WELL INFORMED OPINION” IT DOESN’T MEAN DICK IF YOUR NOT A 1% BECAUSE JUST LIKE WHEN YOUR LOOKING IN FROM THE OUTSIDE WHILE MY BROTHERS ARE FUCKING YOUR OL LADY YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF THE LIFESTYLE! SUCKA!

    THE SELFISH ONE
    BOYLE HEIGHTS CHAPTER
    MONGOLS MOTORCYCLE CLUB.
    MFFM

  10. Jarhed Says:

    sounds to me like knukle head, i mean jar head watches way to much SOA. i dont know what guy’s your talking about that stab, shoot or what ever when they join a club. i guess you must think back to your days with the marines, memory kind of hazy? look guy every club has it’s knukle heads, but for you to say there’s no differnce between street gangs and biker gangs (your words) is closed minded. your right im sure, but since the club im in the Mongols isnt a gang i wouldnt know what the fuck your talking about, and im sure any other 1% club would feel the same sunshine. it’s morons like you that dont know the differnce but still talk.
    you should be a cop you think like one. you must have gotten your ass kicked by some guy named buckwheat that belonged to a bike gang then stole your tricycle.look most of my brothers wouldnt bother you and i can tell you this, if your ever at one of our parties it’s probably the safest place you can be. alot of you think that just because you know a 1%er you know it all. you dont. i dont. but the differnce between you and i is, i dont talk out of turn. im a Mongol and i could care less what happens to those two H.A. that allegedly beat up your little brother in arizona, but it does affect me because i am a 1%er. i know the bar there talking about, it is a so called biker bar, but if your gonna go into a biker bar know that sometimes things are gona happen, and more times than not it’s the ol lady’s that get sideways. ive been to so called biker bars where there wernt any clubs or 1%ers and saw some fights. you dont have to be a 1%er to kick someones ass. so mr marine next time you see Curly 1%er and you yell ‘Niagra Falls” you might get your ass kicked. you might, but chances are you wont. lighten up bull dog, i know this is a place where you can give your expert opinon and no one will poke you in the eye, but you should really take time to get to know real brothers, cause the ones you know that stab, shoot and finger bang your ol lady arnt the ones you need to listen to.

    THE SELFISH ONE
    BOYLE HEIGHTS CHAPTER
    MONGOLS MOTORCYCLE CLUB.

    Typical response.. I gave my honest well informed opinion and you give insults.

    F.Y.I. I knew alot of your brothers from back in the day.So I stand behind what I say.

    By the way , you still only got 4 guys in your chapter???

  11. sled tramp Says:

    The Selfish One,
    Sorry man,as much as I want to inpress the citizens with a toy run, ever since “the incident” I’m not allowed around stuffed animals in public…

  12. THE SELFISH ONE Says:

    HEY SLED TRAMP GOING ON A TOY RUN SOON? YOU FUCKING OUT LAW YOU.

  13. sled tramp Says:

    The Selfish One,
    I’d also,upon reflection,like to add the following….
    A) Regarding chubby old ladies: While my house mouse is of the small and light variety, she hooked up with me because I provide her with heat all winter,shade all summer and moving pictures all year long with my tattooed girlish figure so it works both ways.
    B) In my own defense,life ain’t easy when yer fat n’ greasy.

  14. THE SELFISH ONE Says:

    YEAH SLED TRAMP I DO GET THAT FEELING SOME TIMES BUT IF I HAVE A CHANCE TO SET THE SCREWS ON SOME MORON NO GOOD PIECE OF SHIT WANTA BE BIKER I WILL GET OFF MY SLED AND SCHOOL EM SO THEY DONT GO RUNING ROUND TOWN GETTING A BEAT DOWN BY SOMEONE ELSE WHO MIGHT THINK THEY KNOW BETTER.
    HEY BRO JOIN ME FOR A COLD ONE? ILL BE OUT IN GOTHAM TONIGHT TRYING TO SAVE THE WORLD.

    THE SELFISH ONE
    BOYLE HEIGHTS CHAPTER
    MONGOLS MOTORCYCLE CLUB.
    MFFM.

  15. sled tramp Says:

    The Selfish One,
    Ever get the feeling you’re just out for a nice,sunny day putt when a giant bus of fuckin’ yahoos drunk with ignorance that want to “be yer fwend” T-bones ya?

  16. THE SELFISH ONE Says:

    sounds to me like knukle head, i mean jar head watches way to much SOA. i dont know what guy’s your talking about that stab, shoot or what ever when they join a club. i guess you must think back to your days with the marines, memory kind of hazy? look guy every club has it’s knukle heads, but for you to say there’s no differnce between street gangs and biker gangs (your words) is closed minded. your right im sure, but since the club im in the Mongols isnt a gang i wouldnt know what the fuck your talking about, and im sure any other 1% club would feel the same sunshine. it’s morons like you that dont know the differnce but still talk.
    you should be a cop you think like one. you must have gotten your ass kicked by some guy named buckwheat that belonged to a bike gang then stole your tricycle.look most of my brothers wouldnt bother you and i can tell you this, if your ever at one of our parties it’s probably the safest place you can be. alot of you think that just because you know a 1%er you know it all. you dont. i dont. but the differnce between you and i is, i dont talk out of turn. im a Mongol and i could care less what happens to those two H.A. that allegedly beat up your little brother in arizona, but it does affect me because i am a 1%er. i know the bar there talking about, it is a so called biker bar, but if your gonna go into a biker bar know that sometimes things are gona happen, and more times than not it’s the ol lady’s that get sideways. ive been to so called biker bars where there wernt any clubs or 1%ers and saw some fights. you dont have to be a 1%er to kick someones ass. so mr marine next time you see Curly 1%er and you yell ‘Niagra Falls” you might get your ass kicked. you might, but chances are you wont. lighten up bull dog, i know this is a place where you can give your expert opinon and no one will poke you in the eye, but you should really take time to get to know real brothers, cause the ones you know that stab, shoot and finger bang your ol lady arnt the ones you need to listen to.

    THE SELFISH ONE
    BOYLE HEIGHTS CHAPTER
    MONGOLS MOTORCYCLE CLUB.
    MFFM.

  17. Jarhed Says:

    Bobby

    First of all Im no cop, or a friend of LEO,with my past history that seems a laughable accusationon on your part.
    F.Y.I. The woods I roam are southern california and surrounding areas.To validate my position I can only say that I have seen events with my own two eyes and stand by my statemant.
    I personally know alot of 1%ers that do no more than ride and drink a few cold ones, but I also have seen alot of others do alot of stupid shit that was driven by the gang mentality.

    I just call it the way I see it.

  18. Bobby Says:

    Jarhed
    I’m not sure what neck of the woods you roam in and whether or not it happens to be different than the area I’m in. But I haven’t seen these things happen the way you’ve explained it. The couple of times I’ve seen a 1%er get into it at a bar was because some dipshit got drunk tough. Both times it was quick and painful for the dipshits but they were able to walk away. I’ve seen way more dipshits fighting dipshits than anything else. The 1%ers I know try NOT to draw attention to themselves, hang out in their own little clique and don’t bother anyone. Now why anyone, drunk or not, would dare walk into the middle of a group, 1% or not, and start talking/stirring shit is beyond me. But it happens and people get hurt.

    That being said and based on your last sentence I’d say you’re nothing more than a keyboard commando. And I’d be willing to bet you’re a cop. Either way, if you want to see a true criminal organization look no further than your local police dept, courthouse and/or city hall.

  19. Jarhed Says:

    The forgotten problem was the initial assault and beating of the so called civilian, by the newly labeled “criminal street gang” bikers.
    I have a few old Friends that were everyday bikers, and once becoming patch members of a 1% MC took it upon themselves to beat, stab, and shoot anyone that they normally wouldn’t give a second thought to.The mentality created by these organizations is of lawlessness and controlled mayhem without any accountability.
    We’ve all dealt with some drunken knucklehead at some time or another,does it merit a beating and broken bottle to the head?
    If i don’t feel like getting arrested and blowing my savings account on lawyer fees I let it go.If the guy is way outta line and really deserves an ass kiking well than its time to dish out some pain.With the thug mentality of 1% guys the slightest bump in a crowded bar and theres no hesitation because for one, theres always 4-5 brothers ready to back your ass in a fight so why not rat pack some drunken douche bag thats only guilty of not being able to hold his Coors-lites.
    Street gangs-biker gangs, not a very huge difference when it comes to the mindset of either one,because one chooses to look legitimate in the publics eye by doing a few toy runs at christmas time doesnt make it any less of a criminal group.

    just one guys opinion.

  20. sled tramp Says:

    Well, besides my being a member in a organization of motorcycle enthusiasts, I also belong to the local chapters of “Pitbulls for Peace” and “Reformed Winos for Chastity”.I try to do my part as a upstanding member of society. Gawd knows when the axe is gonna fall on those groups.And I hope those Nuns don’t press charges…
    I agree that the two different but similar situations regarding violent action and unequal consequences reflect how the world is,but then, I always consider anytime I go to court a rhetorical formality.Even for a traffic ticket,if an LEO is going to show up,I’m done.We all know how this song goes.
    Collective guilt by association is a matter of fact where I come from and while the Supreme Court may write one thing as you say, the street version will always be much different.I guess my associations have always been based on what and who I believed in and would stand by not what was the “smart choice” for most people.

  21. Bear Says:

    here’s a little fat to chew on:
    “Civil liability may not be imposed merely because an individual belonged to a group, some members of which committed acts of violence. For liability to be imposed by reason of association alone, it is necessary to establish that the group itself possessed unlawful goals and that the individual held a specific intent to further those illegal goals.”
    I guess opinions of the Supreme Court don’t count in AZ.
    I don’t don’t think this dude should get a free pass if he’s guilty of assault… if you call the dance you have to pay the band, but this goes down every night in bars accross the country. If you put enough alcohol and testosterone in the same small place shit happens. In this case a member of HAMC beats up a dude and gets two felonies strikes, in another case a member of the IPMC shoots an unarmed man in a bar fight and gets a free pass. Freedom of Association…just pick the “right” association.

  22. Nookster Says:

    Great analogy, maybe this mans defense attorney should have read Tom’s oath to the juror’s during the street gang portion of his trial. It may have made a farse of the prosecutors argument.

  23. sled tramp Says:

    BTW, I didn’t realize it’s felony to belong to a motorcycle club.Geeeeee….I love that people think I got nothing better to do than be a menace to western civilization during my day.

  24. sled tramp Says:

    Without trying to take a side one way or the other regarding beatings as a consequence of a jostling,I wasn’t there so I can’t make an informed comment,I DO know that I’ve been on my belly spread out on the side of the road,my cane that’s mounted on the forks (old collision) labeled a “martial arts weapon”,My wife-who’s perty dern cute-being given a load of shit by LEO’s in front of me,and my stickers making for a delightful time by all more than a few times.I’ve been called a “Gang member” more times than I can count due purely to my sled setup, my personal appearance etc…And I LOVE getting stopped every ten miles so the LEO’s can show citizens whizzing by at 80mph what a great job they’re doing for Amerika.Put more than three scooter people together and see how far ya get these days.I recently went to get my self arrested for a bench warrant over a traffic ticket that I THOUGHT was cleared and forgot about.Turns out, last time I was in court, they amended my record to say “Violent tendencies”. (WTF!?) So basically, any LEO coming to my door now has tacit permission to do whatever to yours truly since “I pose a risk to officer safety”.This decision in AZ will probably be upset after a thousand appeals but we’re on the way of the dinosaur.Well, gotta go, me and Becky Thatcher are goin’ to go make out in the caves…..

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