Cops Cancel Ride To Mayhem

June 24, 2013

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A summer long series of 26 heavy metal concerts called the Mayhem Festival kicks off this weekend at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore, California. The concerts are sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink which has sponsored Mayhem Fest since 2008. One of the acts this Saturday will be Attika 7 which features a guitarist named Rusty Coones – a guy who also builds bikes, dabbles in television and may be best known as the former president of the Orange County charter of the Hells Angels.

So it made sense when the Riverside, California charter of Coones’ club decided to sponsor a ride to the concert. For fifty bucks metal fans could check in at Pomona Valley Harley-Davidson in Montclair, California, get a tee-shirt and lunch, ride in a pack to the event and enjoy priority parking. The Riverside Angels also promised to donate some of the money to a veterans’ charity called “Metal of Honor.”

Two weeks ago a member of the charter said, “We are having an event that’s just a day filled with great heavy metal music, and a short ride. It kind of puts us back in the mainstream concert scene, like back in the day with Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Altamont and concerts like that.”


Apparently, Altamont is exactly what the police were thinking and, also apparently, the Angels will never ever be allowed to live down what most people think one of their prospects did there – which was stab a very large guy who was waving a loaded gun at Mick Jagger.

Late last week various police agencies including the Montclair Police Department, the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department and the California Highway Patrol  notified the Harley dealer, the venue and the concert promoters that police would be sending them a bill if the Angels and their guests peacefully assembled, travelled the public roads in a pack and parked their motorcycles near the music. An informed source has said the concert promoters alone were told they would be billed “more than $100,000.”

The money was to pay the exorbitant salaries of police while they attended the concert for free, wrote down everybody’s license plate numbers and photographed concert goers sitting near known Angels so their faces could be entered into the big mother-of-all data bases and cross checked using facial recognition software against the photos stored in the Department of Motor Vehicles database. Obviously, a fully automated police state does not come cheap.


Last Friday the Riverside Angels finally threw in the towel. The charter issued a brief statement that read: “Due to law enforcement’s continued harassment of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and bullying tactics to local businesses participating in the event, the Ride to Mayhem event this year (June 29th) has been cancelled. All ticket sales will be refunded.”

Over the weekend a member of the charter said, “We are trying to resolve the situation. It was a basic shakedown.” As of late Monday afternoon the ride was still off.

The concert is still on. Lawn tickets are $35.50 each plus handling. Admission to the orchestra sections or the mosh pit cost $75. No free lunch and no souvenir tee-shirt.


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23 Responses to “Cops Cancel Ride To Mayhem”

  1. Bill Says:

    The Constitution is “an inconvenient truth”, to some. For another view, here’s what JJ Solari (70’s Easy Rider writer) has to say:

  2. House Says:

    The United States Constitution explicitly provides for the right of the people to peaceably assemble. It’s the FIRST fucking AMENDMENT. Here is the text if the ignorant Cops in SOCal need some help…

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Welcome to the police state people…

  3. Joe Says:


  4. Glenn S. Says:

    Mike, I’m from SC and lived in Lexington County for about a year in the late 1980s. Spent some time in the Lexington County Jail charged with shooting the nephew of W. Columbia acting police chief Larry Hall in 1991. Charged with many crimes after bailing out because the W. Columbia pigs wanted to pressure me into pleading to shooting nephew so nephew could get paid by the victim/witness fund (and his family would not have to fund his convalescence). Did an Alford plea (self-defense) and ended up getting 8 years for that one, spent most of it at CCI before they shut it down. Did NOT return to Lexington County when I maxed out.

    You are absolutely correct in your characterization of Lexington County law enforcement. Crimes involving the wealthy and connected are treated differently than other crimes. And if the wealthy and connected feel uncomfortable about something, whether legal or not, (i.e. motorcycle events), the culture is such that it is considered normal for law enforcement to stop it using legal or illegal means to do so.

    Lexington County consists of several small towns right across the river from Columbia, SC, the state capitol. Some of those small towns hadn’t even paved most of the residential streets last time I was there, several years back, but law enforcement was everywhere. When I lived there, there was a scandal about the Cayce, SC, “department of public safety”. A bunch of people mysteriously died or were hospitalized for injuries suffered while in their custody. One off duty cop fucked up a guy with a blackjack after the guy took a parking space he wanted. (The pig was fired, and then hired by the Fountain Inn, SC police department.

  5. Mike 184 Says:

    You have to understand in places like Lexington SC, the old money still exists and plays a huge part in what the punk assed LE does down here. I grew up in the Northeast, lived in Cali for a few years and then settled in the south. A lot of these dumb fuckers down here seem to bee like moths to the flame… And somehow they end up with badges. Trust me the CHP new me and it got to the point that they were pulling me over just for shits… “Officer I wasn’t speeding” Cop- “Yeah I know, but you were before or you are going to… have a nice day…” That is when I decided to come east!

    Out here I have been at a bar and discovered that there were 15 city cops in there all doing shots and getting good and hammered. I kept to myself but watched these fuckers stumble to cars and all drive home….. It’s all buddy buddy down here between rich people and the cops.

  6. Steve Says:

    With all the data the LEO’s have, it’s the middle of the end.

  7. Glenn S. Says:

    Seems like I read, in one of those media accounts of the Rock Hill pig circus and kangaroo trial, that the local authorities called in the FBI after a club hosted a biker event and 300 bikers showed up. Didn’t say any of the 300 so much as littered or smoked in a non-smoking area, just that they came to Lexington, SC on motorcycles and, as a result, the local version of Barney Fife called in the American version of the Geheime Staatspoleizi to “put a stop” to that sort of things.

    So much for the freedom to peaceably assemble.

  8. Erudite Hillbilly Says:

    Barron 420: Here is a story of one they screwed in Butte County, CA.

    They had the alcohol permit pulled at the last minute, and still turned it into a porkfest BBQ.

    Here is the charity that the pigs robbed making sure they brought in every freakin’ off-duty cop to the trough for the overtime:

  9. Junior Says:

    …a 42 u.s.c. 1983 suit is a deprivation of rights suit. Read 42u.s.c.1983, this appears to meet all criteria for such a case, but hey, I’m no fukin ATTORNey thank God. -Junior

  10. Barron 420 Says:

    Any way to still donate to the veterans charity now that the cops have have ruined that great idea?

  11. chevyweight Says:

    (disclaimer: this video is not about sex with pigs/ beastiallity, sodomy, or any other illegal activities)

    there is another video of a great live performance in San Bernardino by a rock band who’s lead singer is an old school rapper, but i have decided that it is best not to post that here, with the current state our country is in even a simple link to a song can be purposely misconstrued in a negative manner,, which goes to show the ripple effect these police state actions have, reaching as far as to put fear in everyday Americans to exercise their freedom of speech. much respect to those who stay on the front line against this surreal war on freedoms.

  12. Pig Says:

    Man! It seems to me like someone should challenge this in court! I can almost see them charging money if a venue requests an extra police presence at an event, but for them to somehow force charges onto a host in such an obvious attempt to shut down an event that they don’t like seems illegal or unconstitutional or something. It’s definitely bullshit. Is this policy consistent across the board? Do they send a bill to a bank if it gets robbed and they have to call in extra cops and deploy a SWAT team? I would think that a good lawyer should be able to make a pretty solid discrimination case out of this. Of course I’m not a lawyer and I don’t live in The People’s Republic of California (thank God!) so I don’t know.

  13. Tim D Says:

    what I would do put on a mask, like “NOSE DAY”, and ride there, that will take care of the facial recognition, nose day is when a well know 1%er club had in Arizona years ago, they wore a pair of fake glasses and a big nose attached to the glasses, LOL!!!! the pigs and the Government want to break down every biker event they can, Maybe it because they are not invited??? fucken assholes!! I hope theres a way the riverside charter can still do the event, the gov is constantly violating the rights of MC clubs and their events… pure BULLSHIT!!! L&R TIM D.

  14. Junior Says:

    Deprivation of rights!?…42 U.S.C. §1983 -Junior

  15. BMW Says:

    Extortion, pure and simple. This is extra-judicial punishment and harassment. It looks like the California pigs get to create their own “bill of attainder” against the motorcycle club or anyone else they desire. But where are the people and organizations who are supposedly interested in protecting the US Constitution and civil liberties? This sort of action is expressly forbidden by both the US Constitution (Article I, Section 9) and the Constitution of the State of California (also Article I, Section 9).

  16. slycechyx Says:

    This is my kind of event, riding & heavy metal.
    There will already be so much security there, additional cops would not be needed, just another form of harassment.

  17. slycechyx Says:

    This is bullshit, it is an extortion ploy.

  18. VINCE 1%er Says:

    Thats the unfortunate NAZI/POLICE State that the PIGS are creating in CA.(and elsewhere) to discourage the gathering of anything having to do with MC clubs and a public supporting audience. Hit the working man/people where it hurts the worst : In Our Wallets and that is in their eyes an effective , proper ,Legal (NOT) deterrent to creating an air of danger to present to the public about MC clubs & Supporters. AND YES It Is Extortion as well. I cannot believe how the PIGS blatantly violate OUR rights to a peaceful gathering under the guise of crowd control and then threaten monetary vengeance on top of it as well. This is a scary precedent that is occuring more & more each day in ameriKa .

  19. Erudite Hillbilly Says:

    This is a common game California pigs play… “we’ll need to bill you for bringing in every off-duty officer from every surrounding vicinity for a BBQ in the name of ‘protection'”. More often than not it’s veterans charities that get the shaft from the piggies too. Excuse me while I go blast the song “Pig in a Blanket” by the Crucifucks.

  20. Mike 184 Says:

    This shit is getting out of hand. What the hell is going on in Cali?

    People need to see what is going on here. I try to get as many paople I know to come to The Rebel and read, but damn people need to see this.

  21. RLG Says:

    I love this interview with Jerry after Altamont:

    (sorry this was the best clip I could find)

  22. Phuquehed Says:

    Fucking useless, air-wasting pigs could fuck-up a wet dream. The only thing they’re any good at is circle-jerks and the closest DA as pivot man.

  23. Tetelestai Says:

    This threat by the cops is called “Extortion” but of course they operate by a double standard.

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