Anti-Profiling Resolution

December 12, 2018

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Anti-Profiling Resolution

In virtually every trial involving a member of a one percenter motorcycle club prosecutors, and a parade of cops who have branded themselves as “outlaw biker experts,” tell the jury what “one percenter” means.

The official, police version is that the American Motorcyclist Association coined the phrase after the 1947, so called, “Hollister Riot” and it means the “one percent of motorcyclists who are criminals.” During the recent Mongol Nation trial both Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Brunwin and retired Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive Agent Darrin Kozlowski told the jury just that.

The truth is a black and white picture that changes when you magnify it.

AMA Says

About two years ago, Jim Witters of the AMA wrote me that it is wrong “to blame the AMA for creating the circumstances that” have lead to motorcycle profiling.

“The AMA represents all motorcyclists. And the AMA mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling, Witters said.

“The term ‘one-percenters’ and the role of the AMA in coining that phrase has been the topic of much discussion over the years – ever since an unfortunate riot involving motorcyclists in Hollister, California, was reported in Life magazine in 1947. The AMA has spent considerable time trying to determine whether or not the term originated from the AMA: Letters to the editor of Life magazine, to San Francisco newspapers, AMA archives, etc.

“We found nothing to confirm that the AMA or an AMA official ever made that statement, though it is now a part of popular lore.

“The best any of us can figure, a local AMA member, perhaps someone with an AMA club or district, made the statement anonymously to a reporter and it stuck. But we have never found any attribution to an individual.”

#Real AMA

The AMA has often been regarded warily by one-percenters because of the way police and prosecutors use the term now. It frequently hasn’t gotten the credit it deserves from the people police keep saying it hates.

Something happened in the United States Senate yesterday that indicates how the AMA regards both outlaws and police.

After years of lobbying, the AMA convinced the Senate to agree on something. Senate Resolution 154 urges state law enforcement officials to condemn motorcyclist profiling in their policies and training materials. The resolution also calls for increased “awareness of motorcyclist profiling and encourages collaboration and communication with the motorcycling community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling.”

Senate Res. 154 also urges state law enforcement officials to condemn motorcyclist profiling in their policies and training materials.

The Bill was sponsored by Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisonsin and co-sponsored by Republicans Michael D. Crapo, Joni Ernst, Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski; Democrats Tammy Baldwin and Jeanne Shaheen; and independent Angus King.

Wayne Allard , who is the AMA’s Vice President of Government Relations, said “In 2015, Congress wisely acted to ban federal highway funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints, recognizing that federal funds are better spent on promoting highway safety for all vehicles and drivers. Now, the Senate has taken a big step further to help end the discriminatory and ineffective practice of profiling motorcyclists.”

The resolution does not have the force of law.

Sometimes, it is enough to stand up and talk back to the unreasonable exercise of police power.


17 Responses to “Anti-Profiling Resolution”

  1. Penguin Says:

    Sometimes the gig screws the pooch…Illinois Court Chastens Flippant Cop Over Bogus Traffic Stop (I mean pig, but gig works too)

    So; about “profiling”… Merry Christmas

  2. fayettenamhoe Says:

    be sure to see what’s in your rear view mirror

  3. fayettenamhoe Says:

    hell on wheels,
    or ride trying

  4. fayettenamhoe Says:

    profile? hahahahah
    since when?
    maybe some of you good folks don’t get it yet,
    it’s not what kind of machine you
    ride, it’s what’s in your head,
    ride safe, the cage drivers are blind.

  5. penguin Says:

    Sorry Rebel, I sometime post and – poof! – it is never seen… My bad assumption…that you were involved & apologies, Amigo.

    I shall instead blame the pigs at SCMODS (remember Bluesbrothers)

  6. Rebel Says:


    Nobody is editing your comments.


  7. Penguin Says:

    “1% er” as a “name” follows the ordinary “naming” that takes place when one class (cops and their owners) attempt and do rationalize assault and murder on members of another class…in this case it working class clubs they fear.

    The “N-Word” and “”1%er” are semantically similar tools…of Police State Control of defenseless populations via terrorist pogroms

    And it’s as old as class conflict, class war, or war itself… See: (inter alia)

    (Hey Rebel, I don’t mind you’re sometimes editing my remarks – it’s your salon – but perhaps you’d simply delete the contest and post the empty box with “deleted” inside…thus saying that “Penguin wrote but I deleted it” so everybody and me would know? That might be better. P )

  8. Shakespeare Says:

    Here in N, Resolution 154 won’t do shit. Just a sound bite for the politicians.

  9. Curbside Says:

    Rebel, I have the unfortunate feeling that Paladin is 100% correct about the effectiveness of this “Senate Resolution”. It holds as much weight in reality as a mayor giving someone a big shiny gold-painted wooden “key to the city”. In other words, it’s just words.

    The LE community of this country kills, on average, three US citizens per day. That’s three per day, or one every eight hours, every single day of every single week. That number does not include the thousands of people they shoot, taser, or otherwise physically abuse that are fortunate enough to survive. It doesn’t even come close to including the number of people who are pulled over for whateverthefuck made-up reason the cop feels like using on that particular day, if he even bothers to pretend that he has a legit reasonable suspicion that’s legally necessary to be pulling someone over in the first place.

    While I applaud the sentiment, this senate resolution is going to have as much effect as telling the school bully to stop shoving the little kids around on the playground. The cops have exactly *ZERO* fucks to give about this, and will continue business as usual until they face actual penalties for violating the rights of citizens.

  10. koala Says:

    Always worth giving a nod to William Dulaney’s dissertation that Rebel has mentioned several times over the years. Go here and click on View Document:

    Start on the page numbered 51 for his research into the origins of the 1%er term and the AMA.

  11. Educated out behind the barn Says:

    Sadly the harassment video is reminiscent of a time when my nephew rode his bicycle half the way to my house (about 13 miles). Before I arrived to pick him up at the convenience store where he was waiting, three police cars surrounded him. Poor kid (actually an adult, but a kid to me) was smoking tobacco out of a small pipe. I pulled in while they had him up against the wall and all of his belongings were being searched. They found nothing illegal, but were ready to haul him to jail for “drug paraphernalia”. When my 81 year old mother and I approached, the police let him go.

    At least the story didn’t end with “before I could get to the station in the pick up truck, she got runned over by a damned ole train”.

    I’ll hang around as long as you will let me.

  12. Bobby C Says:

    Senate Resolution 154 was the result of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF), Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP), National Council of Clubs (NCOC), and other motorcycle rights organizations, not the AMA. Please see below Press Release.

    Though it isn’t law, it is one step closer to being a law. It also helps start the conversation for the grassroots activists in each state about getting a law on the books. If it’s important enough to talk about in DC, it’s important enough to talk about at the state level too.


    Bobby C


    For Immediate Release

    December 11, 2018

    Senate Profiling Resolution Passes Unanimously

    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is proud to announce that the Motorcycle Profiling Resolution (S. Res. 154) passed the U.S. Senate with unanimous consent on Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018. Over the past few weeks, the MRF had many productive meetings on Capitol Hill to further our objective of promoting awareness of unfair profiling of motorcyclists across the country. Our resolution’s co-sponsor, Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), has played an integral role in ensuring that the issues of motorcyclists in this country were addressed in the U.S. Senate.

    MRF President Kirk “Hardtail” Willard said upon learning of the adoption of the resolution, “Passage of Senate Resolution 154 has been the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s number one legislative initiative in this current Congress. This act today by the Senate is very important, as it recognizes that the profiling of motorcyclists because of our mode of transportation or choice of attire is unacceptable. The personal relationships, the tens of thousands of contacts, the visits, and the highlighting of this issue as a top priority during the MRF’s Bikers Inside the Beltway speaks highly of our passion on this issue and demonstrates our ability as grassroots lobbyists to be effective on Capitol Hill.” Willard went on to say, “It is important to note that this cause united the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, our state motorcyclists’ rights organizations (SMROs), the National Council of Clubs (NCOC), the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) and the Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP), all of which brought even greater attention to this critical issue. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation would like to thank our 2018 MRF Legislative Champion, Senator Ron Johnson, and his staff for the significant efforts they put into passing S. Res. 154.”

    As you know, the MRF, along with the SMROs, the motorcycle club community, and with individual riders across this country have been advocating for a national solution to address motorcycle profiling. With the help of our champions on Capitol Hill, we have been able to advance our bipartisan and bicameral resolutions concerning the profiling of motorcyclists.

    Russell Radke, MRF Sustaining Member Motorcycle Club Representative, said, “We are now one step closer to ending the attacks on our civil liberties from unconstitutional motorcyclist profiling.”
    The MRF is encouraged that we have begun to address the concerns of the motorcycling community, but we still have more work to do on this issue. We encourage the U.S. House of Representatives to join its colleagues in the U.S. Senate and pass H. Res 318.

    About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
    The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

  13. Dirty Dingus McGee Says:

    Oh my, a resolution. Perhaps next will come a strongly worded memo.

  14. commonsense Says:

    This vid you posted of the guy in Texas having LE take pictures of him is total profiling. Weather it’s legal in Texas I don’t know. LE has been doing this forever but they used to be called F.I. cards. (Field investigation) I had this done to me in 1975 as a junior in high school. What makes mine different was I was a minor caught with schlitz malt liquor talls and weed an arrestable offense. Failure to use your turn signal is not.

  15. Not the 99 Says:

    Got pulled over in my little home town about a year after the state passed the anti motorcycle profiling law.
    Cop said he just wanted to see if my ID matched that of the registration.
    It was my bike.
    I guess it was the first time he saw my cut. He was new to the department. ACAB!

  16. freebird Says:

    In theory it sounds good…..

    Guess the problem i have is the same people who have been trying and in some cases successfully fucking bikers over are now going to have a life changing experience and realize the error of their ways

    We have to look no further than the full frontal attack on the Amendments like the 1st and 2nd

    Just exactly where does a Resolution fall on the Justice Departments statistical graph in the next prosecution…..

  17. Paladin Says:

    The fact that Senate Res. 154 does not have the force of law means that like beatings, motorcycle profiling will continue until morale improves.


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