Angels, Citizens And Police

March 12, 2014

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The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club will hold its National Run in Cody, Wyoming this August. The club last visited Cody for its World Run in 2006, which was a very heavily policed event that resulted in five misdemeanor arrests for drug offenses.

About 1,300 club members attended the World Run. Cody police expect about 600 Angels to show up this summer.

Cody is a city of about 9,000 in northwest Wyoming 50 miles from Yellowstone and 360 miles from Sturgis. It caters to tourists. It is named for Buffalo Bill Cody, hosts an annual rodeo called the Cody Stampede and is surrounded by six national Scenic Highways. It is a destination for thousands of motorcycle riders every summer.

Then

In preparation for the great Hells Angels invasion of ought six, the state Attorney General gave regional police departments $600,000 to buy lunch and overtime for a counter invasion of cops. Federal police departments including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Department of Homeland Security helped surveil and document the event. Units of the Wyoming Army and Air National Guard were mobilized. Federal police brought in a Blackhawk helicopter.

The amount of the federal cost has never been disclosed. The state funds amounted to $120,000 per arrest and $500 per Hells Angel.

The World Run was also highly propagandized by police. Park County Sheriff Scott Steward accused three club members of trying to intimidate his nine-year-old daughter. The FBI called Cody a “hot spot” for rival clubs.

Cody Police Chief Perry Rockvam (the smiling man above) accused club members of trying to “intimidate” police. He told the Billings Gazette that large groups of Angels would watch police make traffic stops.

Powell, Wyoming Police Chief Tim Feathers told the Gazette, “If they can come in and intimidate police and cause them to back off, that opens the door wide open to behave however they want. It’s happened in the past. There’s no doubt about that. It’s the history of the group.”

Now

Earlier this week Ruffin Prevost who works for the Reuters News Agency and also reports for the Yellowstone Gate analyzed public documents to show that local citizens were in fact victimized during the event and that their victimizers were not motorcycle enthusiasts. Prevost found that hundreds of locals were ticketed for traffic offenses

“Local motorists were detained, warned or cited for relatively minor traffic infractions because police had to treat visiting bikers and others equally during the event,” Prevost wrote.

Chief Rockvam told the reporter, “We heard those complaints loud and clear from the last time. We’re definitely going to take that into consideration” this time.

Gail Nace, co-owner of the Silver Dollar Bar in Cody, told Prevost it was an “overwhelmingly positive” experience the last time the Angels were in town. “I appreciate their (law enforcement) presence, but I don’t think it was necessarily the Hells Angels they were concerned about,” Nace said. “It was unfortunate some of the locals got caught in the fray for things like speeding two miles over the limit.”

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35 Responses to “Angels, Citizens And Police”

  1. Dunkirk Says:

    Guys you have to understand, the gates were opened up after the “Laughlin incident” now they have the justification to go overboard. That alone gave them all the Ammo needed to go Balls to the Wall!

  2. dk Says:

    I live in Cody and no one I know is overly concerned about the rally here. Just like any other gathering of like-minded people that come to a city not their own….be respectful, courteous and polite….and all is good. And seriously, if you didn’t expect an extra police presence, you might be fooling yourself. But Wyoming-ites are pretty independent and rugged people….and your presence here will be more of a curiosity type of thing than anything else.

  3. Grump Says:

    Oh, gee, the COPS were intimidated? Sorry, crybabies. How do they think it feels when 5-10-20 of them surround some poor Joe in the street for an infraction, and then the Joe gets cuffed-tazed then back shot while on the ground. F-ing pigs.

  4. Drifter Says:

    @Rollinnorth; much appreciate your link on the stingray…

    Respects Sir…

  5. Jim666 Says:

    not hot in Daytona this year went down hell didnt even take the bike ,
    didnt stay but a day lotta people, cool breezes blowing all day, sunny but just in the mid 70`s still a nice break,
    only stayed out side for a couple hours but really didnt see many patches. mainly small clubs R/C`s Mmc`s shit like that.
    Not saying they ” the big clubs” wernt there I just didnt see very many. did see a shit load of pigs though .troopers all over 95 too.
    Have a great weekend all.
    Jim

  6. Jim666 Says:

    not hot in Daytona this year went down hell didnt even take the bike ,
    didnt stay but a day lotta people, cool breezes blowing all day, sunny but just in the mid 70`s still a nice break,
    only stayed out side for a couple hours but really didnt see many patches. mainly small clubs R/C`s Mmc`s shit like that.
    Not saying they ” the big clubs” wernt there I just didnt see very many. did see a shit load of pigs though .troopers all over 95 too.
    Have a great weekend all.
    Jim

  7. Austin Says:

    @OC VAGO 1%er “I would ride if I could reach the ground” – Priceless! Fight on Aussies

    @BMW ” a few extra invites to the party for sensible locals might allow them to see, first hand,” Great Idea.

  8. BMW Says:

    I know, from first-hand experience, that we motorcycle club members on a national run are just looking to enjoy ourselves and enjoy the fraternity and brotherhood with brothers we don’t see as much as we want to, and we are NOT looking for hassles and trouble. LEO pigs see it as a chance to get together with THEIR butt-buddies, make some extra dough, strut like proud peacocks and hassle people with an impunity they would never experience without bocoup backup. My club is smaller and less well known than the HA, but even we have had the national guard called out on one occasion. (Funny coincidence — some of the NG were bikers, too!)

    I’ve partied with a few other clubs over the past 45 years, and I have never seen anything different on their runs and at their parties.

    Just like any other sort of terrorist seeking to destroy the American way of life, the LEO want to try to demonstrate that THEY are fighting some big, important group. I see a parallel between Al Queda claiming to be fighting America (although all they do is take what potshots they can get away with) and the typical LEO claiming to be fighting the HA (although all they do is make what pot busts they can get away with). Both groups of terrorists — the Al Queda blockheads and the LEO blockheads — are really trying to destroy the American way of life and the US Constitution. The only way they can win is if we allow it.

    Some clubs send advance-men to a town before the big run, to make arrangements with the local people. In addition to finding the best bars and restaurants, bail bondsmen and local lawyers, maybe we should be doing a little extra advance PR. Usually there are no problems if the police don’t start harassing our members. Maybe a few extra invites to the party for sensible locals might allow them to see, first hand, the dishonesty and duplicity of the LEO.

    To quote my older generation “hearts and minds”.

    Love, Honor and Respect to all the 1% clubs,
    “save the patch”
    BMW

  9. Sieg Says:

    Latigo, location, location, location.

    When I did that, I was in the downtown area of yuppvilee, usa. Plenty of upper-middle class drones sucking down their $5 coffees and checking each other out. Wouldn’t do it where I live!

  10. Latigo Morgan Says:

    @Sieg

    Hell, this guy had his hands in the air and the pig shot him, anyway – http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/03/14/3002443/opelika-police-chief-officer-used.html

  11. Bruka Says:

    http://fuckyounewman.tumblr.com/

    Popular guy that Newman !

  12. rollinnorth Says:

    I wonder if they are/will be using this technology in Wyoming?

    “Law Enforcement Agencies All Over California Have Been Secretly Using Stingray Devices
    from the fourth-amendment…-we-hardly-knew-ye dept

    More documents have been uncovered (via FOI requests) that show local law enforcement agencies in California have been operating cell phone tower spoofers (stingray devices) in complete secrecy and wholly unregulated.

    Sacramento News10 has obtained documents from agencies in San Jose, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Alameda County — all of which point to stingray deployment. As has been the case in the past, the devices are acquired with DHS grants and put into use without oversight or guidelines to ensure privacy protections. The stingrays in use are mainly limited to collecting data, but as the ACLU points out, many manufacturers offer devices that also capture content.”

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140313/12065026569/newly-obtained-documents-show-law-enforcement-agencies-all-over-california-are-using-stingray-devices.shtml

    Respect.

  13. rollinnorth Says:

    OC VAGO 1%er,
    Thanks, I needed that! Got another dumping of knee-high snow yesterday; not going anywhere this weekend.

    Respect.

  14. OC VAGO 1%er Says:

    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=074_1391714143

    A little off topic but still applies

  15. rollinnorth Says:

    Sieg,
    Yeah, without a crowd of witnesses, the report would read, “…subject made, based on my training and experience, a threatening gesture…fired my weapon…”

    Respect.

  16. Mike 184 Says:

    @Seig…. HAHAHA… damn, I am gonna have to keep that one in mind. Thanks!

  17. Ipsick Says:

    They had the 50th anniversary and world run here in Ventura and the only trouble was the “no motorcycle parking” signs the city put up downtown with tax payer money and a kid got his bicycle stolen while going to school because all the police were downtown.

    Downtown merchants were pissed because the signs kept the motorcycles away so they didn’t spend money there.

  18. Sieg Says:

    Back in the 80s, there was a coupla far-west burbs of the Chi that had heavy reps for violence against bikers, even worse than most. Crystal Lake was the worst of them, one of their piggers literally ran down a youngster on a bike…for speeding.

    Anyhow, I got stopped on one of their main drags on my way home from work, and as soon as I got my sled shut down, I putn my hans up high as I could n held em there.

    Officer Piggers sez “why do you have your hands up? ”

    “CAUSE I DON’T WANNA GET SHOT !!!”

    So this is attracting a good bit of attention on the sidewalk, the yups stopping on their way into starbux to watch the long-haired motorsickle freak getting hassled by the Man.

    Piggy is telling me “no one is going to get shot, put your hands down. ”

    “NO WAY! I KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS AND I’M NOT GONNA GIVE YOU ANY EXCUSES!”

    Now we’ve got citizens asking him what I did, and why am I talking about people getting shot?

    And he just wants me the fuck down the road, which I’m more than happy to be.

    Worked quite a few times over the years, especially times when I REALLY didn’t wanna get tossed.

    Don’t advise one when there’s no witnesses, tho.

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR

  19. jj solari Says:

    it doesnt take much to make cops back off and feel intimidated. show them the flag of allah. that will send them running away. threaten their pensions. that usually causes some fear and trembling. suggesting to them that being a police officer could be sign of repressed heterosexuality can make them afraid. flashing posters of people doing exercises can get them to start walking backwards and whispering no no, please no. oh, and a gathering of patriotic motorcyclists – that REALLY freaks the fuckers out.

  20. WARTHOG Says:

    Mike 184 says:

    “and a blackhawk? C’mon man. What the hell is the point of that?”

    The point is to drive home to the civilians just what a dangerous group the HA are and with their military grade weapons they can say that with their heavy presence they were able to keep the mayhem that would have ensued to a mere 5 minor arrests.

    Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.

    L&R,

    warthog

    FTP FTF FTW STP ACAB

  21. Tooj Says:

    slow-n-low,
    The cop told you there would be rapes and murders because he knew how many cops from other agencies were going to be there. Some of it consensual between agencies.

  22. Mike 184 Says:

    No joke!!!!!! With the amount of “crime” that was handled last year you’d thing that the bean counters would realize that with even half of the presence would be overkill…. and a blackhawk? C’mon man. What the hell is the point of that? You gonna fast rope a squad into the beer tent or something? Gimme a break. What a waste of time and money… I’ll bet some of those agents enjoyed their vacation up there though….

    Like Mr. Barger said, just give them the money and they will promise to be good… obviously like they already are……..

    @ L-Frame, 5 arrests out of 1300 people comes out to 0.4% => to paraphrase, that is less than half a person out of 100, LOL….. And still isn’t even a whole person out of 200…. So what that tells me is that out of 300 people someone had some fun and got caught and someone else thought about it for a second. HAHAHAHAHA….

  23. Glenn S. Says:

    We don’t have to wonder why the country is going broke. The only thing left to wonder is why the taxpayers tolerate it, why they question funding medicare but write blank checks to law enforcement, and why they buy into the culture of overreaching law enforcement. God damn shame that these men cannot enjoy their vacations without all the bullshit, here in the land of the free.

    Wonder how the pigs would like it if a bunch of bikers showed up at their vacation spots and followed them everywhere, filming their families and making citizens’ arrests for jaywalking, and then somehow made everybody else pay for the effort.

  24. L-Frame S&W Says:

    So, 5 arrests out of 1300 people comes out to 0.4%. That looks to me like the HA were the most law abiding people in Cody that weekend.
    Maybe all the locals/state/feds should just chill out and let the club just get together and have a good time.

  25. slow-n-low Says:

    HA had their national run a few years back in my neck of the woods. The public was warned beforehand to avoid any contact, a street party was postponed until after the run for fear of the HA showing up and a police officer (who happened to be a neighbor of mine) stated that there was a good chance of “rapes and murders” during the run.

    A few arrests were made for minor offenses, somewhere around $500k was spent on overtime and helicopter gas, and nearly everyone the newspapers interviewed who came in contact with the members said they were polite and just seemed to be out for a good time.

    Respect

  26. Sieg Says:

    Tooj, that’s a righteous idea. Even if they don’t get held, go thru the permitting and watch em spend.

    FTF/FTP

  27. Tooj Says:

    IMHO, increase the number of nat runs and break those budgets. Have them there EVERY year, five times a year until they’re so broke they can’t pay attention.

  28. CN Says:

    Menace noun 1 a dangerous or harmful peerson or thing. 2 a threatening quality. verb put someone or something at risk; threaten. Derivatives menacing adjective. origin from Latin manix “threatening”.

    Y’all ever seen a Blackhawlk Helicopter?

  29. swampy Says:

    One would expect that behavior from the Feds. But “…hundreds of locals were ticketed…”, I guess the cops had to get their frustrations out somewhere.

  30. Base Says:

    Earlier this week Ruffin Prevost who works for the Reuters News Agency and also reports for the Yellowstone Gate analyzed public documents to show that local citizens were in fact victimized during the event and that their victimizers were not motorcycle enthusiasts. Prevost found that hundreds of locals were ticketed for traffic offenses

    “Local motorists were detained, warned or cited for relatively minor traffic infractions because police had to treat visiting bikers and others equally during the event,” Prevost wrote.

    Chief Rockvam told the reporter, “We heard those complaints loud and clear from the last time. We’re definitely going to take that into consideration” this time.

    So the citizens of Cody can expect no knock warrants and swat style raids & kid napping of the local population.

    Why?

    Because how dare they complain and or be criticize how the beast goes about protecting them from the evil do-ers.

  31. Slick Says:

    Five misdemeanor arrests. how much did that cost the taxpayers per arrest considering the ramped up police presence? If the cops were intimidated maybe they could join IOMC. I didn’t know that looking intimidating was a crime either. Seems to be an excuse of arrest the MC members for little or nothing to justify the money spent on all the added cops this time around.

  32. Ronbo Says:

    Not being in a club, I don’t see it as the club trying to gather and intimidate the Gang with badges. But as a group of brothers keeping an eye on their own. As has been proven necessary by past behavior of leo.

    Head on a swivel

    Ronbo

  33. Phuquehed Says:

    Proof enough showing who the biggest bunch of pussies walking the planet are – the pigs…fed, state, local.

    I mean whining that a bunch of people watched a pig act a fool. What the fuck is a crowd supposed to look at when it’s around something happening that *isn’t* a crosswalk sign changing?

    Stupid should hurt and the fucking pigs of every disgusting bent prove it.

    On a sorta similar note, I just watched ‘Chaplin’ last night, and it also proves the cunts that run the fed pigs – Hoover – for example, back when he was in charge of things. What a scumbag shit-hole.

  34. Numberz Says:

    @Phonebooth I believe you are correct on both counts.

  35. Phonebooth Says:

    “accused club members of trying to “intimidate” police.”

    From someone who is not a %1: Really? Ive been around some of those guys, and they don’t have to try. The police are just not used to people who THEY don’t intimidate.

    I have the problem figured out: we should not have professional police forces. They make up things to scare people to justify their salaries.

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