There was another motorcycle-outlaw-related news spectacular in Southeastern Tennessee the other day. Television just doesn’t get any better than a lock off shot of a bunch of Outlaws doing the perp walk in bright orange jumpsuits.
The online faux newspaper, the Chattanoogan -not a newspaper but an amazing simulation- gave this utterly contrived and cynically scripted illusion of news a thousand words. An Assistant United States Attorney named Christopher D. Poole cleverly confused one case into six separate indictments. Which means, as usual, the local press (see photo above) will not so much be covering the cases as it will be covering the government press releases.
Chattanooga television station WTVC reported that the “accused have been divided into two trials. The first happens on April 27th. The second is on May 3rd. All the accusations are federal felony charges. The trials will happen in the Chattanooga federal courthouse.” The station did not cite a source for their prediction. The Indictments were just unsealed on Thursday, February 25th. Bond hearings are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday of this week, March 1st and 2nd. So if WTVC is right about those trial dates, law and order fans should be able to look forward to the first lynchings right around Mother’s Day, which this year falls on May 9th.
Don’t Forget The Child Porn Charge
Fourteen men and one woman were arrested last Friday subsequent to a raid at the American Outlaws Association clubhouse in Chattanooga. They are Ryan “Lil R” Birt; James “JP” Parker; Ronald “Snake” Howard; Steven “Steve-O” Tucker; James “Smiley” Westbrook; David Woodward; Robert “BB” Boone; Jeramy “Cracker” Rittenhouse; Roger “Buddha” Roof; Charles “Robbie” Kinsey; Gary “Doodah” Raines; Hershell Raines; James “Dozer” Miller; Kelly Adams and Marcus Smith.
All but one of the defendants are accused of using and sharing cocaine and possessing guns. Many rational people would describes most of the charges as piling on. The case numbers range from 1:10-cr-00023 to 1:10-cr-00028. The first of these lists ten counts when one or more of seven of the defendants “aided and abetted by each other, did knowingly, intentionally, and without authority distribute cocaine, a Schedule II controlled substance.” They are charges that might just as well describe a Bush family reunion.
Federal case 1:10-cr-00028 describes 12 individual counts that allege that James Parker either possessed cocaine or intended to “distribute cocaine” or was “an unlawful
user of controlled substances (who) did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm and ammunition.”
The most spectacular indictment charges Ryan Birt with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm and of twice, on November 7, 2009 and November 19, 2009, having child pornography on his computer. The child pornography charge has made the headline of virtually every news account of the arrests.
Credit Goes To
Poole’s boss, United States Attorney James R. “Russ” Dedrick “credits the diligent and professional work conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) over the past two years in developing this complex investigation. It is unusual for a single investigation to span so many law enforcement initiatives: Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), Project Safe Childhood (PSC), Appalachia High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), and the District’s Anti-Gang Initiative.” Dedrick’s was only one of several self-congratulatory statements tossed to the press like Milk-Bone dog biscuits to a pack of excited poodle puppies.
ATF Special Agent Jim Cavanaugh, said “ATF enforces the law without fear or favor, whether Outlaws or in-laws,… felons cannot have guns, dope dealers cannot carry guns, and possession of child pornography remains a criminal offense.”
Chattanooga Police Department Chief Freeman Cooper thanked “the men and women from each agency involved in this investigation that spent hours away from home in order to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion.”
Tenth Judicial Drug Task Force Director Mike Hall wants the press to tell the people that “you can only take down criminal organizations through a cooperative effort. When Federal, local and state agencies begin to work as a unified law enforcement entity you see major criminal organizations crumble.”
And, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond wants everyone to know that “This long and well-executed effort by these officers and agencies is just one of the many examples of what can be accomplished when local, state and federal agencies combine their efforts and resources toward a common goal.”
A WTVC reporter went to the Outlaws clubhouse and asked a man inside for comment. “Just a bunch of bullshit,” the man inside said.