The Sum Of One Weekend

April 18, 2013

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Stephen “Bowtie” Stubbs (pictured above), the Las Vegas lawyer who represented the Mongols Motorcycle Club’s legal interests while they were vacationing in Boulder City last June, announced some specifics about that harassment campaign yesterday.

The harassment was the idea of former Boulder City Police Chief Thomas Finn. Finn apparently thought the bikers were an easy and unsympathetic target for his neurotic rage, or his inner demons or whatever drove the man to pick on a big pack of motorcycle tourists. Finn is an advocate of “proactive policing.” Maybe that’s it. Proactive policing is a dark art, in which “professional police” use their “experience and training” to decide who is naughty and who is nice before the naughty ones do something naughty – like rape your grandmother, or eat your dog, or smoke a joint or jaywalk or loiter or talk back.

Finn was fired Monday because he couldn’t admit he was wrong. The Mongols National Run started his long self-humiliation. Finn’s is a complicated and absurd tale that doesn’t need to be repeated in detail again. In a nutshell, he appears to have committed a couple of felonies, lost a couple of lawsuits, tried to bully people who disagreed with him, filed some ethics complaints and complained of religious discrimination. This attracted more attention to him than was wise and pretty soon Boulder City officials noticed he was doing a bad job. Unfortunately, like a man who drinks to forget he has a drinking problem, Finn is still chatting up television and print reporters in and around Sin City. He seems to think he is a sympathetic hero because he is a cop. What may eventually dawn on Finn is that he is such a loathsome man that not even his friends can be bothered to arrange an intervention to convince him to stop – just stop.

Now the Vegas press is lining up to video record every word this guy says. Finn thinks the press loves him because they are all on his side. That’s not what makes Finn a compelling story. Reporters love Finn because he is a nut and people love to read about nuts.

This is how it started.

By The Numbers

About 250 Mongols rode into Boulder City June 22nd and were met by about 250 uniformed and an undetermined number of plain clothes policemen representing the Boulder City Police Department, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, North Las Vegas police, Henderson, Nevada police, the Nevada Highway Patrol, California Highway Patrol, Arizona Highway Patrol, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Finn later told Ben Frederickson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, that the army he enlisted was not disproportionate to the threat. “Well there were too many cops in town. Nothing happened,” Finn explained to Frederickson. “Well of course nothing happened. Because there were so many cops in town.”

The police welcoming party issued a total of 27 traffic citations and three misdemeanor citations to members of the motorcycle club or the club’s guests. That’s it. The infractions carried potential penalties of $8,849 which amounts to $35.40 per cop. Four traffic offenses stuck and the offenders were fined a total of $288 which works out to about a buck fifteen per cop.

The other 23 traffic tickets and the three misdemeanors were dismissed.

The Horror, The Horror

Apparently, nobody associated with the motorcycle club actually did much wrong because the police had to make up crimes. The dismissed citations included:

Seventeen visitors were cited for illegally high handlebars. However, the riders were all from out of state, the handlebars were legal at home and because only the federal government has jurisdiction over conflicting laws between states, the handlebar tickets were all unconstitutional. A citation for an improperly displayed license plate was dismissed for the same reason.

A jaywalking ticket was dismissed because at the time the road was still under construction and it had no marked, pedestrian crossways.

A Mongol who was detained without a “reasonable, articulable suspicion” was arrested for “obstructing a police officer” when he refused to answer police questions after identifying himself. Nevada law requires “Terry Stop” detainees to identify themselves and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Nevada law in 2004. But, you are not obliged to have a conversation with your police harasser, even in Nevada. He was the only Mongol arrested that weekend.

A charge of failing to pull over and stop after activation of a police light bar was dismissed after the traffic judge saw a video of the traffic stop posted on YouTube by Chief Finn.

Finally, a club member’s wife was detained because she is a middle-aged Xicana and the police were looking for a middle-aged Mexican woman. He husband remarked the obvious, “This is fucking bullshit,” to the investigating officer who then charged the man for swearing in public and detained him. That charge was also dismissed.


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21 Responses to “The Sum Of One Weekend”

  1. Paladin Says:

    As all the charges were dismissed, so was Finn. And, a good day was had by all!

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  2. Not Surprised Says:

    In this instance, the motorcycle club should have been afforded the exact same latitude as a group of visiting Rotarians. They were in tourist status and should NEVER have even been approached.

    This is inexcusable behavior and I am glad the local authorities apparently agreed.

    Good on the Mongols for stepping up for all of our rights.

    If you feel you have to resort to taking the law into your own hands in order to enforce it, YOU are the fucking criminals…

  3. bones Says:

    with due respect,and i do mean that,
    with regard to the handlebars,i don’t think the feds have a handlebar law,that seems to me to be a states right issue,i.e.,helmet laws,
    can i ride in california,being from az,with no helmet? answer:no
    constitution has nothing to do with helmet laws
    sturgis cops ticket high handlebars out of town bikers everyday since forever till today.

  4. bones Says:

    sorry rebel,your wrong on the handlebar laws,states rights,feds have no handlebar laws,just as the feds have no helmet laws i.e there is no feds stepping in to “right” conflicting state handle bar laws
    if i read above,your telling me az mongols,if there are some,can ride in california with no helmets
    because there is a conflict with a non exsiting federal law?

  5. BigV Says:

    Bones: You’re not quite reading that right. He’s not saying there is some federal law specifically dealing with motorcycle standards.

    What Rebel means is that the only body with power to settle differences between conflicting state laws is the federal government, via two ways:
    (1)Congress could pass a law to standardize conflicting state laws, or to decide how to adjudicate differences between the state laws. Congress hasn’t believed in States rights since sometime in the James Buchanan administration. Congress can use the Interstate Commerce Clause to do just about anything they want- remember that policing is a reserved right of the States, right up until they used the Interstate Commerce Clause to justify the creation of the FBI. The ICC is sort of the catchall that Congress and the Supreme Court use to justify the intrusion of the Federal Government into our goddamn breakfast cereal.
    (2) The Supreme Court and/or US Court of Appeals can handle a case where state laws are differentiated and rule on the interpretation of the conflict- which is how they decided that your home state’s laws are what you have to conform to in terms of safety standards.

    To further expound, Rebel is saying is that with certain statutes that concern vehicle safety specs, – handlebar height, turn signals, window tint, etc- states obviously have different standards on those specs.

    Well, hypothetically say I am Florida and allowed to have dark ass window tint because you can fry like bacon down there. Say I drive into the Fascist State of Georgia where they don’t allow hardly any tint at all and that is why cops in Georgia are all hot and bothered all the time. Some Fascist Pig pulls me over and he writes me a ticket. Well, I am a Florida resident and I am just using the roads as a traveler, and that means I am subject to my home state’s laws. I end up paying $5000 for an attorney and he points that out in a motion to dismiss, and voila- tickets are gone. Happy Days ! Most people just pay the ticket and grease their assholes up extra shiny the next time they drive through Georgia.

    But that is how it works with vehicle safety standards.

    I know someone in FL who paid the $5k to get out of a window tint violation that lead to the discovery of some incriminating paperwork in his fraud case.

    In my case, I would also cross the line from AL to GA and the cops around Columbus would dirty dick me on my pipes and little safety shit. I’d usually photocopy my special construction inspection and the relevant statute, send it in. 40% of the time they had the sense to pay attention. 60% of the time I had to go to court and get it dismissed. I had tickets on pipes, turn signals, headlight, and assorted other shit. Good times, if you like the long arm of the law up your tightly coiled sphincter.

    That is what Rebel’s talking about.

    Take care

  6. Glenn S. Says:

    Hmmm. The idea, I think, is supposed to be that Americans should not have to get their vehicles customized to comply with the most restrictive state laws and town ordinances enacted in every wide spot in the road across the country in order to go anywhere in this still-pretending-to-be-free country, nor should we be subject to unanticipated, seemingly ridiculous village laws whilst passing through Podunk, Mississippi on the way to New Orleans. I think they can still regulate behavior (i.e. seat belts and helmets) but they can’t require you to make changes to your vehicle in order to pass through their jurisdiction.

    Other than the window tinting issue, I’ve never heard of cage drivers having problems but they target bikers as if it were a sport. Georgia has set up motorcycle only “safety checkpoints” on I-90 around time for Bike Week in Daytona.

  7. Grumbler Says:

    Where can one obtain a photocopy of the Interstate Commerce Clause as it pertains to handlebar height and other vehicle safety standard differences between states?

    NV state law requires that handlebars be below shoulder height. CA allows up to 6″ above shoulder height. WA is maximum of 30″ above seat. OR, ID & MT have no restrictions. AZ allows up to shoulder height. UT below shoulder height AND maximum of 15″ above seat.

    I personally believe that any motorcycle that’s 100% legal in the registrated state should not have to comply with the more repressive vehicle laws in other states. Unfortunately, all too many cops don’t share that sentiment and they know most of us can’t afford an attorney.

    LEO denotes Legalized Extortion Officer.

  8. Rebel Says:

    Dear bones,

    In trying to explain the law as simply as possible I know I was unclear. Theoretically, the United States are fifty soveriegn states and the relations between them are the domain of the federal government — interstate commerce.

    Article I, Section 8, Clause 3 of the Constitution gives the exclusive power “To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes.” What that practically means has a very long Supreme Court history that goes back to the 1820s and establishes the precedent that state laws enacted for the regulation of internal affairs within those states cannot supercede laws enacted in other states for the regulation of their internal affairs.

    Maybe I am putting this too simply again, but basically a vehicle that is legal in one state is legal in all. For example, California only allows new vehicle sales of cars and motorcycles that meet “California emission standards.” But if you live in Arizona, you can still drive your Arizona legal car into and through California. In the cases related to the story, the motorcycles were legal in their home states and they had out of state plates.

    Helmet law regulations are partly subject to the Department of Transportation — hence “DOT stickers.” But state laws govern whether you have to wear a helmet within each state. When you cross from Arizona into Nevada, you have to put on a special plastic hat because the laws that govern the internal affairs of Nevada say you have to wear a helmet. Commonly, handlebars can’t be legally higher than your shoulders in most states. But the exact laws differ from state to state. I honestly don’t know, off the top of my head, what is legal in Nevada — 14 inch bars? !6 inch? 12 inches? But if your handlebars are legal, in say, Colorado you can ride in and through Nevada with a bike licensed in Colorado. If you can, say, display your license plate vertically in your home state you can continue to display your plate vertically in Nevada.

    What the police do in Sturgis is predicated on the reality that nobody will expend the effort to fight the ticket. What Sturgis does is unconstitutional — as well as probably, technically racketeering — but it doesn’t matter because they have you by the balls. The difference between that and what happened in Bullhead City is that Stephen Stubbs lived there and fought the tickets. So after ten months, the citations were dismissed.

    Does that clear up what I meant to say?

    Respect back,

  9. WARTHOG Says:

    My understanding is that there is a difference in how states handle safety standards as opposed to equipment standards. Like when seatbelt laws were enacted by states and not at the federal level. Contrasting that against California emissions (CARB) where no tickets are issued for out-of-state equipment violations. I just can’t find anything to back up my claim. I was watching a show on Sturgis and seen pigs writing tickets for handlebar heights, but I doubt they would hold up in court if riders wanted to take time out of their vacation to go to court to fight it. Pigs know most won’t do that, so it is easy money in the state coffers.




  10. WARTHOG Says:

    Sorry, Rebel. Your post wasn’t up when I posted mine and repeated everything you said.




  11. Junior Says:

    Rebel, bones & others:

    The equal protection clause of the Constitution guarantees that you cant be charged with a crime in one state if you are doing something that is legal in any one of the other several states.

    Cops charge people with unconstitutional shit all of the time. The likely reason that sturgis Kops cite people for handlebars being too high is because they know the sheeple are idiots that don’t read or understand the law of the land in which they roam and aren’t gonna fight it in court. Most sheeple just prefer to mail in the amount of the fine. -Junior

  12. bones Says:

    right,once again i forgot that cops can’t do whatever they want,whenever they want,to who ever they want to do it to regardless of “the law”
    thanks to stubbs for pointing this out to finn

    and thanks to rebel pointing this out to me.
    more respect.

  13. One Eye Says:

    As satisfying as this story is, it’s just a shame that some of the other fucking lemmings that followed this disgrace didn’t receive stiff penalties for writing citations that were dismissed due their utter absurdity. Do they not realize that those penny ante tickets won’t justify the police presence as much as underscore the futility of the exercise and the waste of taxpayer’s money?

  14. stroker Says:

    appropos of Sturgis:

    I know personally how cops operate there. It’s a free-for-all. They know they can, and DO go after anything that they can get away with. Pulled thru Belle Fourche one year (just outside Sturgis) and our whole pack including chase vehicle, was pulled over by the heat. They finally let the pack go on, but kept back the van, handcuffed the driver, brought in the drug dog, and found…….nothing! (we learned a long time ago to not put anything in the van cuz we knew we’d lose it, and everything in it, if there was drugs found). I had stayed behind with van. Cop called me over and said: “Here’s the way it works: we found 2 buds of marijuana” …..I immediately started to protest….he silenced me with a ‘talk to the hand’…..and he continued: “I said we found two buds of MJ. If you pay me $250. right here, right now, as a “misdemeanor-ticket”, we’ll let you go.”

    Paid the highwayman his loot, and we moved on.
    True story. Happens a lot there.

  15. Paladin Says:

    Most cops become cops at a relatively young age. As a result, most cops have no prior, real life experience or perspective to fall back on, when it comes to their decision making abilities. Aside from being a nut case, Finn was / is a text book example of this.

    The average cop’s life experience and perspective comes from what he or she has been taught, trained, or told and this is why so many cops have such poor decision making skills. These cops fail to take into account the totality of the circumstances that surround the situation they (the cops) find themselves in, when dealing with the public.

    Any Bozo can apply the “letter of the law”. However, the application of the “spirit of the law” requires the cop to consider the reasonablness of, and the totality of the circumstances surrounding the situation at hand.

    Without life experience and perspective, a cop lacks the ability to know what is, and what is not reasonable. Therefore, the cop relies on the “letter of the law”, which is safe, easy, and keeps the cop out of uncharted waters.

    It is the inability or unwillingness to act in a reasonable manner that puts cops at odds with a vast portion of the general public, and causes the kind of problems that occured in Boulder City.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  16. Coolaid Says:

    I’m glad this prick got booted.. He was a douche when he was in E. Brunswick thinking he was king shit and deserved special treatment when coming in for feed his fat face regularly walking ahead of waiting people to be seated first, then expecting his meals comped..

  17. Wretched Man Says:

    @ Stroker
    I have experienced similar corruption, but that is on the African continent, where that is standard operating procedure. I was recently pulled over & fined for speeding “in the middle of nowhere” (thankfully after I had slowed down after the beautiful twisties where I was doing well over a BUCK, which would’ve had me in a cell for 2 days before facing the Magistrate) but noticed a cage driver that I just passed was pulled over & then allowed to leave without being cited…

    @ Paladin
    Very astute observations, seems appropriate here as well as over in the USA & makes perfect sense.

    @ Bowtie Stubbs
    Well done, at last the good guys get the win they desrve! Kudo’s to you.

    Thank you Rebel, as always a story well reported & I’m pleased to hear you survived your minor “off”. The low-speed ones often hurt like hell.

    Much L&R

  18. IO Says:

    Again, congrats on beating the system and getting a corrupt cop fired!


  19. Grumbler Says:

    Stroker’s post about that legalized extortion operation he and
    is crew encountered in Belle Fourche, SD several years ago got
    me thinking of another extortion only larger. I contacted the
    guy who originally wrote this to get his okay to throw it on
    Rebel’s page. He was good with it. I snipped out the drag
    racing summary.

    Date: Mon, 11 Aug 1997
    Subject: Sturgis…the “other” side

    Just so those of you who did not make Sturgis don’t feel that all
    you missed was the fun, here’s what you COULD have missed.
    As many of you know, I help sponsor/work on/pit for a top fuel
    drag bike, sponsored by Altered States Racing.

    This year, Bev and I rode the bagger to Sturgis, but the bus, with
    the bike owner and rest of the crew, left the Seattle area on
    Friday night.

    On Sat. night, about 2-3 miles inside the SD border, the state cops
    pulled the bus over (along with as many other cars as they could).
    The offense in our case was that the bus door was open.

    After stopping the bus, they searched it completely, without permission.
    Unfortunately, they found less than an oz of pot and a smaller amount
    of another substance.

    Arrested everyone on the bus, charging them with Poss of Controlled
    Substance, carrying a concealed weapon (which was packed in luggage),
    and cont. to the delinquincy of a minor. (There was a 16 yr. old
    who had helped out in the shop all summer, and his mother gave
    him permission to go to Sturgis to the races).

    Meanwhile, I was in Sturgis screwing around. Didn’t find out about
    the arrests until Tuesday morning when I went to the pits to get the
    bike ready for qualifying on Tuesday evening. No bike and no bus.
    After calling home, I found out everyone was in jail, waiting for

    It was 7,500 each, except for the kid, who the cops had put on
    a bus and shipped home. Bail was essentially cash since who can
    secure a bond in another state? I got the owner/pilot out. They
    released him in his underwear. So we hop on the scooter and head
    out to the impound lot, only to find that the STate of S.D. has
    seized, or forfeited the bus and its contents.

    YOu can’t believe the setup at the impound lot. They are there to
    make deals. They even have 2 attorney generals there, doing the paper

    After all the screaming and shouting, here’s the deal they made us:
    we forfeit all cash on the bus (4,000) all guns (4 glocks) night
    scopes, scanners, bullet proof vest, lead filled gloves, and misc.
    other stuff, plus I pay them an additional 1,000.

    If we agree to this, we get the bus and the rest of the stuff back.
    (Unknown to us, they had also taken our computer, cell phones, and
    video equipment, which we still can’t find). We had absolutely no
    choice. Either pay, or fight it out in court, several months from now.

    Folks, let me tell you the scam. While we were there, we saw about
    12-15 Harleys in the impound yard. I asked whether those all got
    sold back for 1K, and the Att. Gen. said no. They get sold back
    to their owners at about 1/2 their value. Do the math. The guard
    at the gate told me that the state needed money….

    So…while everyone was having a good time at the Broken Spoke, I
    was at the impound yard, getting extorted. While everyone was
    at the Wednesday meet, I was at the hospital, and at the Deadwood
    jail where I finally managed to bail the other guys out. Everyone
    still has to go back later this month to face the criminal charges.
    It just hasn’t been a good week, except if you are from South Dakota.

  20. BadMagic Says:

    I too was harassed (attempted to extort) in SD.

    Even the law firm I hired to defend me told me I couldn’t win.

    I got a bunch of case law and did a lot of research.

    I was able to prove my rights were violated and got mine and my GF’s case dismissed.

    Cost $2,700 to dismiss instead of $800 for misdemeanor tickets. It was and is the principle of the situation.

    I still have the dash cam and internal microphone recording of the bad stop.

    I would LOVE to pursue a civil suit. I haven’t found a lawyer or firm that is willing to go after them.

    Here is a brief description of the stop that I put out on a lawyer referral site:

    I was pulled over in SD on Sat. and had my 1st, 2nd, and 4th amendment rights violated.

    Officer stated he pulled me over for going 70 in a 65 and a cracked windshield. After coming up to the passenger window, he asked for license and registration. Upon providing said documents, he asked me (driver) to come back to his car so he can write me a warning and get me on my way. Once in the car he asked me if I had anything to confess. Kept after me with it will be easier if I tell him now. I repeatedly told him I had nothing to confess. He then harassed my girlfriend (passenger / owner of car) the same way. He then proceeded to get his dog out and he sat down when the officer first pointed to the fender. Said that was the signal and all he needed for PC. He searched our vehicle head to toe. He paid special attention to my motorcycle clothing and a box of cards I had in the trunk. He made sure to record every emblem etc. of my belongings and made an exaggerated showing of taking one of my cards and putting in in his pocket along with some rolling papers he found. I had guns and CCW permit. He inventoried and recorded all serial numbers instructing the dispatcher to record them for later and that he would explain.

    He wrote me a ticket for drug paraphernalia and cracked windshield. He left my stuff strewn on the highway instructing my girlfriend to put it away. He gave me my guns and ammo back with the instructions not to load them until he was out of range. He kept my personal card without explanation.

    There was no particularized suspicion. He never mentioned why he needed to search the car. He said I have to go back in person on the 28th (Thurs.) from MT to court because I was the driver. He issued my girlfriend a paraphernalia ticket also and said she could just mail in the fine.

    I personally believe he singled me out because the car I was driving had MT plates on it and MT has medical marijuana.

    I don’t believe driving in SD with MT plates is PC for a search. I believe this search was unfounded and unreasonable.

    I believe I have a right to free speech without my cards being confiscated (content of said cards reads about miranda rights and defending yourself against exactly what happened, refusing consent, etc.)

    I have attained the proper CCW permit and believe I can exercise my right to carry a concealed weapon. This right should not be overruled when there is an officer in the near vicinity.

    SD brags about their income from confiscations.

    In ’94 there were 0 (zero) drug dogs riding with HP.
    As of 2011 there were 34.

    6 weeks training to become HP.
    6 weeks training to become drug dog.
    6 more weeks to become bomb dog.

    Law firm wanted $2,500 retainer to refute the cops testimony.
    Law firm wanted $10,000 retainer to refute the dogs testimony.

    He searched where the dog didn’t point.
    He didn’t search where the dog did point.

    Fouled my weapon.
    Blatantly profiled me on camera (once he found my cut).
    Stole my property (on camera).
    And told me he was doing me a favor not calling in the Feds.

    There is also precedence in SD supco that states a passenger in a vehicle has no expected right to privacy. Therefore, as long as the pull over vehicles with 2 or more people in it, they can violate the drivers rights and illegally search the car. They will write everyone a ticket. The drive can get all their charges dismissed because as the owner of the car, they have an expectation of the right to privacy. The passenger is screwed no matter what. This is why statistically if you look at the record, they pull over cars from out of state with more than on person in it for a fishing expedition. Makes me sick.

    If anyone wants to know more or add me or start a suit, I’d be happy to provide more information and media of the stop.


  21. not surprised Says:


    Hell. If they stop you and already have a dog, that is profiling. You are likely dead on the money about your plates.

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