An outlaw club started a particularly blunt and rude takeover of Kingman, Arizona about three months ago. Kingman, has been claimed by a club named G.II.T.E.M., which is a collection of letters that does not really even make sense as a word.
The mental midget who coined the term G.II.T.E.M. may also be responsible for the design of this club’s official patch which is pictured above. Don’t look too long. It’s G.II.T.E.M. property. And, it is copyrighted.
You do not have to prospect to join G.II.T.E.M. If you have a badge, you can send these clowns $555 and in return the clowns will send you: “3 Pairs 511 Tactical pants, 1 Ball Cap, 3 Short Sleeve T-shirts, 2 Long sleeve T-shirts, 1 Sweat Shirt, 2 Polo shirts and 1 Parka” all decorated with the official G.II.T.E.M. patch. And voila! You have your own chapter.
G.II.T.E.M. is possibly, one can only guess, supposed to be pronounced “Git ‘em.” Like as in, “Git them law abiding motorcyclists out of this here town! Hee Yaw! Git ‘em, Jethro! Stop makin’ out with yer sister, fer a minute! Hee Yaw!”
Also, this crime against the language of Shakespeare and Milton is some stupid person’s notion of an acronym for “Arizona Gang and Immigration Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission.” Even when you read it out loud, slowly, you still cannot be sure what that phrase is supposed to mean.
Anyone? “Intelligence Team Enforcement Mission?” Why that phrase? Why not, “Ice Cream Bone Tactical Protocol?” Rover! Alert! Alert! Omaha! Hut! Hut!
Gitem Rolls Into Town
Most people in Arizona do not even try to figure it out. They just call this outlaw club the “State Gang Task Force.” Early last August these bullies transformed sleepy and peaceful Kingman into a people’s democratic tyranny with some sort of bloodless coup. It must have been a bloodless coup. It did not make the evening news. And, as always happens when freedom dies, first they came for the bikers.
Last August, the Gitem anti-motorcycle gang started harassing attendees of the Wednesday Bike Night at a place called Chuy’s, which if you know Kingman, is about two blocks off Interstate 40 on Stockton Hill Road. The harassment came out of the blue and without provocation.
At the time, a Kingman police spokesman named Bob Fisk told the Kingman Daily Miner “that bikers aren’t particularly a problem in Kingman, but he’s worried that if police aren’t on top of the situation, the problems with riders in Bullhead City could spread to Kingman. He said there was an incident at a local bar several months ago, but he characterized it as minor and said no one involved was willing to press charges.”
Git Them Patriot Guards
Gitem thugs ticketed, and sometimes took into custody, bikers for numerous petty offenses. If you have been riding for awhile you know the drill. “Sir, are you aware your front tire is touching the stop line?”
Bikers were surveilled and photographed. During a funeral for a biker whose dying wish was to have his ashes carried in a gas tank for one final ride, two Patriot Guard riders were ticketed by a known member of the Gitem gang.
Under pressure from police thugs, Chuy’s adopted a “no colors policy” and the weekly bike night moved to a Sonic Drive-In on Andy Devine Drive. And still the harassment continued. Members of the Gitem outlaw police gang pressured other restaurants and bars in Kingman to institute a “no colors policy.”
In Kingman “colors” now means any leather or denim vest or sleeveless jacket adorned with any motorcycle related decoration.
The Harley-Davidson Gang
At the end of September a grown, law-abiding, 43-year-old man named Sam Kormos, was detained and kicked out of a night of drag races because he was wearing a vest he bought at the local Harley dealership, which is named after Steinbeck’s Mother Road. The vest came adorned with the name Harley-Davidson. And, the security guards who threw him out, on the orders of the Gitem gang, thought Harley-Davidson was an “illegal motorcycle club.”
Two members of a one piece patch club called the Desert Road Riders were kicked out of the same drag races the same night. Under pressure from the Gitem gang, the “no colors policy” has been extended to three watering holes called the Sportsman Bar, Mad Dog’s and the Cerbat Lanes bowling alley.
This Saturday, November 7th, the Arizona Confederation of Clubs hopes to start to set Kingman free again. Members of the Confederation will participate in a Veteran’s Day parade in Kingman on Saturday morning. It is still often warm in Kingman this time of year so by Saturday afternoon some participants may have worked up a thirst.
And, the Confederation is already passing out “Complaint Forms” to thirsty riders who may be turned away from their bar of choice. The forms were authored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. Lester is a well known advocate for bikers’ rights.
The Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction in Arizona, has already ruled that bikers have a constitutional right to wear colors in a public place. The legal issue is less well defined when it is applied to a private place like a bar. But it is very clear in Kingman that it is not the bar owners who have raised the objection to bikers.
The issue in Kingman is whether or not a publically funded agency like G.II.T.E.M. should be allowed to use its official police powers to silence a constitutionally protected form of symbolic expression.
So, if bikers are discriminated against or harassed this Saturday, Lester and the Confederation intend to pursue the issue in court. And, chances are good that Lester has read and understands the Constitution even if the Gitem police gang thugs have not.