All felony charges against a member of the Iron Pigs motorcycle gang who tried to murder a biker in Sturgis have been dropped.
Ron Smith, 43, a Seattle police union official and member of the elite Seattle Police Pawn Shop Unit, where all the very most professional peace officers are assigned, was originally indicted on charges of aggravated assault, perjury and possession of a concealed weapon without a permit.
Smith shot Joseph McGuire, 33, a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in the Loud American Roadhouse in Sturgis on August 9. The shooting occurred in the course of a fist fight that followed a verbal altercation. Apparently McGuire had the audacity to ask Smith why the Iron Pigs were allowed to wear their colors in the Roadhouse while the Hells Angels were not.
The Majesty Of The Law
Meade County, South Dakota State’s Attorney Jesse Sondreal said this week that he dismissed the aggravated assault charge because evidence no longer supported it.
In a press release, Sondreal said that an investigation by South Dakota police “establishes that Ron Smith was defending himself from a violent premeditated attack, and he responded in a manner which was neither excessive nor unreasonable under the circumstances.”
McGuire still faces a charge of aggravated assault. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month.
The Cops Are Always Right
Sondreal said that a key factor in the dismissal of the charges against the Iron Pig was that the members of that club trusted and were eager to cooperate with police. The Hells Angels, meanwhile, exercised their constitutional right to remain silent about the incident.
Sgt. Rich O’Neill, president of the Seattle police officer’s union of which Smith is an official, said “the case illustrates the importance of reserving judgment until all facts can be thoroughly examined.”
“We feel vindicated,” O’Neill continued. “As we said earlier, after a careful examination of the evidence, it would be obvious that Detective Smith was a victim of a brutal assault and was merely defending himself,”
Detective Smith was not injured in the incident. His alleged attacker was shot twice and spent two weeks in the hospital.