Knoxville Outlaws Sue Buffoon Sheriff

June 1, 2010

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The Outlaws Motorcycle Club, Inc. and fifteen individuals filed a $6 million lawsuit last Friday in the United States Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee against the City of Knoxville, Knox County, County Sheriff Jimmy J.J. Jones (pictured above,) Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owens IV and everybody who participated in a violent and malicious raid on a club party last New Year’s Eve.

What Tha Newz Reported

January 1st, the Knoxville News Sentinel “reported:”

“The Knox County Sheriff’s Office dropped a different kind of ball on the heads of a notorious motorcycle gang on New Year’s Eve, sending at least two of them to jail for allegedly threatening an undercover officer and stealing his vest last month.

“A SWAT team armed with concussion grenades and assault rifles raided the clubhouse of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s Knoxville chapter off Western Avenue, swiftly handcuffing more than a dozen leather-clad bikers and at least two women as they were celebrating with booze, sandwiches and vegetable plates, authorities said.

“‘These guys are a menace to society,’ said Knox County Sheriff Jimmy ‘J.J.’ Jones. ‘Everything they stand for is illegal.’”

“They’re involved in every illegal activity known to man. Prostitution, methamphetamine,” Jones then told local television station WVLT.

The raid culminated a 14 month “investigation” by a former bartender named Joseph Linger. Linger was hired to “infiltrate” and gain “intelligence” on the local Outlaws Chapter. Published reports state that Linger discovered that the Knoxville Outlaws are a criminal street gang with international ties and a proven propensity for “large-scale violence.”

What Really Happened

The victims of this raid have been complaining about it for five months. Last week they finally filed suit.

The lawsuit alleges the search warrants were executed in an “unconstitutional manner” and unreasonable force was used to carry out an unreasonable search and maliciously destroy property.

The suit also alleges that the defendants judge shopped for a jurist who be stupid enough to issue the warrants. The night of the raid, police “went to Judge Swann, a Knox County Civil Divorce Court Judge, to obtain judicial approval for the warrants. The defendants also asked Judge Swann to approve and issue Arrest Warrants…. The defendants knew that Judge Swann would grant and issue the aforementioned Search Warrants where other Judges, more experienced in the legal requests for the issuance of Search Warrants, would not issue such faulty Search Warrants.”

The suit continues:

“The Defendants knew that a lot of innocent people would be at the clubhouse at the time it was raided because the Defendants knew a New Years Eve Party was in progress.”

And:

“Prior to the raid, the Defendants contacted the local television networks and newspaper media and invited them to come to the residence and clubhouse to video tape and report on the raid.”

And:

“The Defendants conducted a dynamic raid, using concussion, flash grenades thrown into the midst of the party, without any knocking or first announcing their presence…(and) entered the residence and Club House with great physical force, injuring several Plaintiffs. The Plaintiffs were all forced to the ground with violence and threats and those that did not get to the ground quickly enough were kicked, stomped and slammed to the ground…. The attack officers wore Swat or camouflage clothing and had hoods over their faces so their identities could not be ascertained while using obscene and vulgar profanity towards the Plaintiffs. After the plaintiffs were all handcuffed and completely subdued, the Defendants continued to point assault weapons at the heads of the Plaintiffs and threaten to ‘blow their heads off’ if they moved or said anything.”

And:

“The Defendants caused great and unnecessary damage to the residence during the search of the premises…. The Defendants broke furniture, destroyed windows and window frames and smashed in doors with a battering ram after they had already secured entry, when all they had to do was open the unlocked doors. The defendants took every item that had any Outlaw Club reference including even gravestone markers of Club members who had died. The Defendants took all items of value from the premises and the individual Plaintiffs such as flat screen TV sets, video equipment, cash money and jewelry.”

And:

“The Defendants ate the party food belonging to the Plaintiffs, while the Plaintiffs were handcuffed and placed outside in the cold, wet weather. The Defendants allowed and encouraged the news media to come inside the residence and photograph the interior of the building and videotape a press conference held inside the residence.”

The suit goes on like this for ten pages. The Outlaws attorney is a man named Phillip Lomonaco. The suit demands a jury trial.

The case will probably not get that far but it will be interesting to see how local police spin this.

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15 Responses to “Knoxville Outlaws Sue Buffoon Sheriff”

  1. Sieg Says:

    What remains to be said?

    TOSIAR!!!

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR
    5 TO 1
    SYLO

  2. 10Guage Says:

    I appreciate the heads up. Still dont like it. Not one bit.

  3. Aerrin Says:

    10Guage: Fairly certain that’s an advertisement for whatever website is linked to her name. I’ve seen them copying other people’s comments, too.

  4. 10Guage Says:

    Yo Amy is there an echo in here? If you have something to say than say it.

  5. Dirk Says:

    Whatever side of the fence you are on you gotta support this, cause it can happen to you next!!! goodluck and hope they kickass in court!!

  6. harleyquin Says:

    Good God. This is almost exactly what happened when Doza was killed. The damn warrant was signed by a judge that knew jack about what she was signing under a “confidential informant” statement 30 minutes prior to surrounding the clubhouse, flash grenading it, and yanking the gate down and storming in and killing Doza. What the hell is going on in this country? It was also the sheriffs office here in Tulsa. After doing a little research, apparently our new presidential administration put up a whole lot of money for these para-military SWAT teams to form in our countrys “ongoing drug war effort” through local sheriffs departments. But there aren’t any drugs or anything else they are looking for. But somehow seizing private owned property seems to be ok on the warrants for no apparent reason. They also claim that the MC is a “gang” for all the public to read in the papers in Tulsa. Is this going to become a standardized handbook procedure for them? Watch a ch, wait for the moment they want (especially parties), run a “confidential informant” statement down to an unaware, unqualified judge to sign and bust in and take everything? Ridiculous things. Jewelry?????!!!! They also did these things in Tulsa. The MC’s have maintained club houses and they know where they are located so they make the news appearing to the public, that they are “doing something and making progress for the citizens”? The surrounding citizens don’t usually have complaints. Who are they trying to convince? These Barney Fifes need to get their act together. We The People have rights under OUR Constitution. I hope the AOA wins every penny you can get AND get your property back. This is an outrage plain and simple. Traumatizing, stealing from, destroying private property,and threatening people like real street punks. Thank God no one was killed in Knoxville. Doza wasn’t that lucky in Tulsa.

  7. Amy Says:

    Its not enough to cuff you for five hours in your underwear in front of your neighbors or put guns in your kids face. Now they shoot you off of your scooter and let it sit burning your legs to the bone, or brake in and shoot you when your laying in your bed, or when you attempt to protect yourself and family from this group of men breaking in your house late at night. They need more action, more blood.

    What kind of a scumbag comes to a family party and throws grenades in the door and breaks the windows out? Especially when the occupants are under surveillance and known to not only not be carrying but to be enjoying the company of their family and eating cold cuts…. For fuck sake! We know they love to kill the family dog and dig through the panty drawer. Hell that’s as old as the ol’ dress up like “rival bikers” and sneak around the property and break in to try and engage a gun fight. They have been successful with that brilliant tactic for years. Other clubs have been successful with lawsuits like this out here, but they are an expensive and long endeavor. Obviously I hope they get every penny they ask for and the coverage of stuff like this helps to inform the public. These scum bags are having family members cuffed and standing out in the sleet and rain while they are eating their food and stealing their tvs. Disgusting.

  8. Drifter Says:

    Long live the outlaw patch! Thanks for standing up to the cowards with the hoods over their faces. One can only hope that they will have to remove them in a court of law and be seen for what they are: poor excuses for men, poor excuses for Americans, and damn poor excuses for law enforcement officers.

  9. half-bob` Says:

    hopin’& prayin’for their “CHARLIE” to prevail here! GODS SPEED to ALL that FIGHTS THE GOOD FIGHT.WE WANT OUR F’N COUNTRY BACK!!!

  10. DirtyBruin Says:

    Here’s hoping the case succeeds in embarrassing the living hell out of Jimmy Jerk Jerk Jones, even if it doesn’t succeed in obtaining some financial compensation for the stupidity these people were put through.

    It’s sad that things have gotten to the point where when this story was originally reported, my first reaction was “at least nobody was shot by the pigs.” *sigh*

  11. Not Surprised Says:

    I think a lot of us saw this lawsuit coming. Best of luck.

  12. Justus Says:

    Much respect to the Regional President of the Outlaws for standing up for his club and giving a good name to those who are constantly dragged through the political mud without fair representation.

  13. 10Guage Says:

    Its not enough to cuff you for five hours in your underwear in front of your neighbors or put guns in your kids face. Now they shoot you off of your scooter and let it sit burning your legs to the bone, or brake in and shoot you when your laying in your bed, or when you attempt to protect yourself and family from this group of men breaking in your house late at night. They need more action, more blood.

    What kind of a scumbag comes to a family party and throws grenades in the door and breaks the windows out? Especially when the occupants are under surveillance and known to not only not be carrying but to be enjoying the company of their family and eating cold cuts…. For fuck sake! We know they love to kill the family dog and dig through the panty drawer. Hell that’s as old as the ol’ dress up like “rival bikers” and sneak around the property and break in to try and engage a gun fight. They have been successful with that brilliant tactic for years. Other clubs have been successful with lawsuits like this out here, but they are an expensive and long endeavor. Obviously I hope they get every penny they ask for and the coverage of stuff like this helps to inform the public. These scum bags are having family members cuffed and standing out in the sleet and rain while they are eating their food and stealing their tvs. Disgusting.

  14. RVN69 Says:

    Good Luck to the AOA on this lawsuit. Typical cop harrasment and souvenir hunting.

    Respect to all that have earned it
    Si vis Pacem, Para Bellum.

  15. Goldsboro Williams Says:

    Ok, was the ad attached to that put there as an ironic joke? “Be a Police Officer!”

    I listened to what the man said, and his story rings true. Hopefully their suit is successful and the citizenry will bear the financial burden for their elected officials’ mistakes.

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