Gangs In Rochester

December 3, 2013

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The next biker civil rights case has been brewing for a little over a month in Rochester, Minnesota where the local police and a city attorney named Terry Adkins have pooled their experience and training and declared the Sons of Silence and the Med City Crew Motorcycle Clubs to be “criminal gangs.”

The declaration violates a Minnesota State Law which specifically forbids discrimination against club members who are flying colors. The law is Minnesota Statute 604.12 which states that access to public establishments cannot be denied to “a person who operates a motorcycle or is wearing clothing that displays the name of an organization or association,” unless that person’s behavior is endangering other people or property, or his clothing “is obscene or includes the name or symbol of a criminal gang.”

The legal dispute may eventually determine whether it is reasonable to call the two clubs “criminal gangs.”

Gangs

Social Scientists have been trying to accurately define the vague term “gang” since the juvenile delinquency panic in the 1950s. Most sociologists agree that “gangs” are social organizations that exist to serve the social needs of individuals who feel marginalized by society.

California, which was a pioneer in formalized name calling, uses the even vaguer term “criminal street gang” to create separate laws for people the police don’t like. “Criminal Street Gang” is defined under California law as “any organization, association or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, which (1) has continuity of purpose, (2) seeks a group identity, and (3) has members who individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal activity.”

Most rational and educated persons understand that the California definition is logically circular. It also uses the same logic that is applied in the federal judiciary to define the equally vague idea of a “racketeering enterprise.” The federal notion is that if some members of a social group are criminals then all members of that group must also be criminal. In the federal Central District of California, the premise of a case called USA v. Mongol Nation, an Unincorporated Association, is that since, as recently as five years ago, some members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club were criminals that entire social organization must be a criminal racket. It is a naked accusation against which all members of the Mongols must now defend themselves.

The Minnesota law that defines “criminal gangs” closely follows the current interpretation of the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act which defines a “pattern of racketeering activity” as two or more criminal acts committed by three or more persons during the previous decade.

In Rochester

The current dispute in Rochester began when Michael Bader, an attorney representing the Confederation of Clubs of Minnesota, accused Rochester police of telling bar and restaurant owners to deny service to members of the two clubs. Bader wrote City Attorney Adkins a letter telling him that the two local chapters do not have a history of violence and asked him to enforce Minnesota Statute 604.12.

Adkins wrote Bader back three weeks later and told him “The Rochester Police Department tells me that the Sons of Silence is a motorcycle criminal gang with a common name whose members wear clothing containing an identifying sign/symbol.” He quoted a Department of Justice memo which defines the Sons of Silence as “an organization whose members use their motorcycle club as a conduit for criminal enterprises.” And he cited five criminal convictions involving Sons patch holders in Rochester and St. Cloud, Minnesota, and in Iowa and Colorado between 1999 and 2013.

Adkins wrote, “As such, I have concluded that the Sons of Silence is a ‘criminal gang’ as that term is defined by Minnesota Statute 609.229, subdivision 1.”

Members of the Med City Crew will also continue to be banned because they belong to a motorcycle club that maintains cordial and friendly relations with the Sons.

The next step will be litigation.

 

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117 Responses to “Gangs In Rochester”

  1. Dante Says:

    I am by no means a connoisseur of beer, I like mine to be easy to drink and provide the benefits that alcohol provides… when I was a kid we used to drink the Blatz Light Cream Ale and while regular Blatz sucked pretty badly, the BLCA was pretty good. It came in pony bottles and as long as they were cold, all was well.

    I recently tried to light cream ale from Third Street Brewhouse and found what I have been missing for many years. Check em out they make some decent beers.

  2. Ol'Goat Says:

    FUCK THE POLICE

    FUCK THOSE OF YOU WHO TROLL HERE TO GET OTHERS TO COMMENT ON THEIR PERSONAL LIVES!

    FUCK AUSTRALIA’S RULING CLASS

    FUCK GANGLAND

    FUCK THE ATF AND IT’S DAPPER “CRIME FIGHTING” AGENTS. THE CRIME IS YOU LYING FUCKS WHO LIE TO EXTRACT AND DIRECT MORE PUBLIC FUNDS YOUR WAY.

    FUCK THOSE OF YOU WHO LIVE OFF OF PUBLIC FUNDS. GET A PRODUCTIVE JOB OR HOLD A NICKEL BETWEEN YOUR KNEES.

    FUCK THOSE OF YOU SHEEP WHO WANT SECURITY. YOU DON’T DESERVE SECURITY NOR DO YOU DESERVE THE FEW RIGHTS THAT YOU THINK YOU HAVE LEFT.

    …and FUCK YOU IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY ANY STATEMENT MADE SUPRA PRECEDED BY “FUCK”.

    FUCK THE WORLD and you too.

    OL’GOAT

  3. Painfully Smiling Says:

    What am I missing here…. A “Gang” is a group of individuals who dress in common clothing with criminal intent and conduct…. Right? So, if the Minnesota Vikings dress in common clothing and have a total of 40 arrests since 2000 would they be considered a “Gang” in the blind eyes of the law? Fact is in 3 weeks the Vikings are having a “Gang” war on their home turf with their rival “Gang”, the Detroit Lions, who have had 7 “Gang” members and “Gang” President arrested within the last 1 -1/2 years. What is the LEO “Gang” doing to stop this madness?

    http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/10/minnesota_vikings_arrests_all_arrest_team.php

  4. Jim666 Says:

    Tramp great idea and design.

  5. JMacK Says:

    Tricky Tramp,

    Looks great! Very solid.

    Respects
    JMacK

  6. Tricky Tramp Says:

    Took me a while but..
    I think this design could work for the STP shirts
    first attachment is ”how it’ll look”
    second attachment is the ”artwork” for screen printing.

    http://www.bighousecrew.net/designs/STP.A.jpg
    http://www.bighousecrew.net/designs/STP.Artwork_for_screen_print.jpg

    Maybe a COC Rep could submit the design to the Merchandising
    dept. of the COC. They could then be distributed to the various
    swap meets and fund raisers or online outlets.
    Respects. Hope it helps.

  7. vnvhl Says:

    California, which was a pioneer in formalized name calling, uses the even vaguer term “criminal street gang” to create separate laws for people the police don’t like. “Criminal Street Gang” is defined under California law as “any organization, association or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, which (1) has continuity of purpose, (2) seeks a group identity, and (3) has members who individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal activity.”

    Guess now, based on the recent indictment of 18 LA Sheriffs deputies, there should be little doubt about what the largest “gang” in California is.

  8. OC VAGO 1%er Says:

    @Budweiser
    I have yet to read anything you have posted that remotely resembles an inkling of true intelligence. I’m certain your insight would be much greater appreciated on another blog. Say something like the Kardashians Fashion Tips.

  9. Tooj Says:

    I dutifully accept my correction with a sense of gratitude, Paladin.

    My chivalry got in front of my sense.

  10. Budweiser Says:

    Got to love a story where I post. Over 100 comments easy. I’d love to meet you in person, Paladin. And no, I’m not a homo or female.

  11. 10Guage Says:

    Dingus,

    Great article….same tactics used on clubs for years….now being used on the poor, disabled, and under-served (a population who has been harassed by LEOs for generations now being targeted by the ATF)….meanwhile there are Narco drug wars happening in all of OUR border towns that they are doing nothing about..and the ATF has a budget in the billions and is CONSUMED with eradicating bikers and preventing clubs from wearing identification marks out of some grudge or law fraternity barroom vow…..it is such a perfect snapshot of the state of freedom in this country….whatever your politics may be, as Americans I think we can all agree that cops weather, State, Federal, or undercover should be protecting children with severe learning disabilities and/or mental deficiencies. I say children because in my state they are considered children, meaning they are eligible for certain services and education opportunities until they are 22 or in some cases 24 in an attempt to protect them as this population of people is the most victimized group of people in our entire population. The idea that these children are being prayed on by law enforcement is BEYOND CONTEMPTUOUS!!! … I understand the public doesn’t give a shit about us bikers, but protect the disabled!!! especially when they are also disadvantaged and doesn’t have anyone advocating for them!….Not to mention the ATF have allowed our border patrol agents to be murdered, they have murdered a young veteran in cold blood for sitting on some stairs with his hands in his sweatshirt pocket, shooting family pets in front of children, murdering husbands in front of their wives, and murdering deaf men!!! WHAT THE FUCK ELSE DOES IT TAKE?

    It is ridiculous to I think our forefathers fought and died to create a country based on freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and this is how that government treats its citizens…..it is just fucking crazy.
    10G

  12. Paladin Says:

    Tooj,

    I have to respectfully disagree with your assessment of Budweiser. Budweiser is not a woman. Budweiser is a cunt.

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

    Paladin

  13. Dirty Dingus McGee Says:

    Getting back to “gangs”;

    Was surfing around and found this article. Mighty long article but it needs to be read everyone in this entire country.

    http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/atf-uses-rogue-tactics-in-storefront-stings-across-the-nation-b99146765z1-234916641.html

  14. Mike 184 Says:

    Douche-weiser

  15. Tooj Says:

    Care is important. As Rebel knows, my location changes daily. Sometimes, sometimes not.

    But I digress, Awwww shit Austin, you got it!

    Dork! That pegged it, after reading:

    “@Panhead – Bud’s not a cop or an undercover – He/She’s fucking one.

    ‘Not saying that you said it was’ , ‘someone I’m traveling with’ , ‘ Maybe since you continuously stalk me on here’ , ‘He may try and take me hostage and tie my up in his basement.’ ”

    Took a tic or two (damn Trourettes!!) but:

    BUDWEISER IS A WOMAN FUCKING A FED!

    All that coy stuff that if you read it as a guy comes off a flagrantly gay? Why? Budweiser is a woman.

  16. Freeman Says:

    @ everyone

    They get your ip address from posts on sites, that gives em your area, village, in big cities it shows couple of hundred, thousands feet from where you live, that’s just first wave, if they want/ have reasons, they will go deeper,if they choose to go deeper they will also use the info they picked up from the net, then you get YOUR garbage bags picked up by a mini van a couple of hours before they should.

    Having a good router with a good firewall, throws some of the info to the wind, linux throws it off another notch, best don’t give out specifics.

    And cool ”dog” some use ”cats” cool, hot,swag, whatever, as long as it comes trough.

    As for my previous post, it was directed to trolls that com in here asking questions, and mostly the mascot ”king of beers”

    RESPECT

  17. FF Says:

    Budweiser said: “I’m not here to make any friends.”

    Nah, gitout. Really?

    LMFAO

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