The growing menace of cop motorcycle clubs claimed another victim last Saturday night. The victim, a 23-year-old man from Glendale, Arizona, was attacked in a Prescott, Arizona bar by multiple assailants. He told police at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center that he had been attacked by members of a “motorcycle gang.”
Prescott police immediately imposed a news blackout on the incident except to say that they were turning the investigation over to the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Special Investigations Unit. Prescott police admitted that they had “gathered evidence” at the crime scene.
A Department of Public Safety spokesman named Carrick Cook said, “There was an incident involving members of the Prescott Valley Police Department. No arrests have been made and the investigation continues. There is limited information that is available during an active criminal investigation.”
The Iron Brotherhood
The assailants were members of the Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club. The IBMC describes itself as “a no bullshit, non political Law Enforcement MC.” The club was founded in Southern California in 2006.
On its national website the IBMC states: “Members of the Iron Brotherhood respect all clubs and the colors they wear. However members of this club do not associate with members of one percenter clubs. We also do not attend events sanctioned by one percenter clubs.” The club accepts current and former male cops as hang arounds and prospects.
In a display of their “respect” for “all clubs and the colors they wear” the national website states, “The Iron Brotherhood MC wears three piece colors because we can. We are a Law Enforcement club and will not seek permission from any organization to fly our colors.”
The patch holders involved in the assault included members from Prescott’s Whiskey Row Chapter. The club has twenty chapters from coast to coast in the United States. Whiskey Row is a block on South Montezuma Street in downtown Prescott that was once home to 40 saloons. The assault occurred during The Whiskey Row chapter’s annual Christmas Party.
The phenomena of cop clubs is virtually invisible to non-biker civilians. But, people who do know about these clubs are often infuriated by them.
One cop who reported his contempt for clubs like the Iron Brotherhood is celebrity ATF agent Jay Dobyns. Dobyns wrote about his attempted infiltration and entrapment of Hells Angels in Arizona in a book called No Angel. According to Dobyns, he encountered a cop club called the Wild Pigs in the parking lot of Harley dealership in Bellemont, Arizona about 70 miles north of Prescott. Dobyns categorizes cop clubs as an “abomination” and he claims to have said the following to a Wild Pigs patch holder: “You can’t have it both ways, asshole. You can’t pretend to look and act like us until the shit gets nasty and then pull a badge and gun and sit us down on the side of the road. Fuck you. Pick a side.”
Dobyns’ book is so full of inaccuracies that the conversation may be completely invented. And Dobyns is hardly a friend of bikers in general. But the quote probably reveals his true feelings about cop clubs. And, it is reprinted here because even a blind squirrel comes up with a nut from time to time.