Several recent and repeated TV specials and network news features between Aug. One of the club members, for whatever reason, wore a wolf skin hat, by turns intimidating and ridiculous. Seconds later, singer Marty Balin jumps off the stage and into the stageside crowd, where, apparently, he was struck in the face. What is an outlaw motorcycle club? What clubs are there?
Afterward, you can see club members, pool cues in hand and raised, striking people, or swaggering in a threatening manner. At one point, one or two Hells Angels face off with a bearded man in a hat who appears to be trying to calm things down and making an attempt to reason with club members. They knock him severely as he falls to the ground and other festival attendees scatter. So what does Freedom mean? Where has that ideology gone within the biker community? Sure, many profess it.
But do they actually know what the concept of freedom really is? Motorcycle club shooting in La Crosse has netted 3 arrest. At Woodstock, Altamont and any other mega-festival, the notion of a temporary utopia is a myth and always will be. In the case of the first Woodstock, it came during the Vietnam era, when baby boomers, some of whom had participated in the unpopular war in Southeast Asia, believed those three days defined a generation, as proclaimed in the just-aired PBS documentary about the festival.
While there were many positive things to celebrate, youthful hopes and dreams for a change in the U. Now Altamont was a different story. I was there fresh back from my first tour in Nam. There were some weird shit in the crowds that needed to be taken care of, and as usual the Red and White did what was required.
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The incident involving Jefferson Airplane did happen but not at Woodstock. It was at Altomont which the writer eludes to. I think the writer was confused about the dates or maybe as you say is just trying to put a negative slant on bikers.
If someone wants to claim something is public, without a reference, then no claims they make can be verified. I call BS. You guys just lost an occasional reader for letting this bullshit be in your lead story…. I was a young 15 year old hippie kid when a buddy of mine and I hichhiked to Altamont the day before.
I helped set up the scaffolding for the lighting. I saw it all go down. All the good bands in the Bay area at that time played there. Things got wierder and wierder as the day went on towards night and the Stones came on. The club definitely got a bad rap over that.
When you pay people to do a job and guard the stage and then talk shit about how they are doing it there are going to be problems. Anyway as the darkness fell and the Stones played it was like the closest thing I experienced to hell. I went to the Isle of Wight festival not long after Woodstock.First, why would the task force invite a partisan — and, some claim, divisive — figure to speak to state law enforcement officers at their annual conference in April?
Antoinette Apodaca — responded to repeated phone calls and emails asking about the structure, financing and history of the gang task force.
But, Weaver said, beginning in fiscal yearthose funds dried up. The subject of gangs is a big one in New Mexico. Two others were injured by gunfire that night. Though gang-violence eruptions have declined in the years since, those in law enforcement say it never went away.
One Wheels of Soul member sustained a nonfatal gunshot wound. He refused to cooperate with authorities during the investigation. According to the New Mexico Gang Task Force website, the main goal of the group is to provide federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies with training, information and funding to enhance interdiction and enforcement efforts with the goal of reducing criminal gang activity, including narcotics trafficking, throughout the state of New Mexico.
There are no annual dues for an agency to join, Gallegos said, except for training. Federal grant funding has been used to cover the costs of joint overtime operations targeting gang activity, he said. Santa Fe police spokesman Greg Gurule said the department has benefited from information shared by the task force. He said a series of armed robberies and other crimes last year were carried out by a group of youth, some of whom were linked to Albuquerque gangs.
Confiscated during a recent raid by the New Mexico Gang Task force. Attendance is limited to those who work directly for public safety agencies and city, county, state or federal departments. Identification is required. The former Wisconsin sheriff, who ran as a Democrat, stepped down from the job last year to become a spokesman for a pro-Donald Trump political action committee. He has made a second career out of saying things that delight the hard right and anger liberals.
And just recently, he suggested that Florida high school students who are pushing for gun control legislation are being controlled by liberal billionaire George Soros. His invitation to speak in New Mexico outraged some in law enforcement. This invitation sends the wrong message at the wrong time, as we bring back community policing and make progress toward restoring public trust in law enforcement.
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Responding to criticism about the invitation last month, the task force released this statement:. We stand by our decision to have him as our keynote speaker. Email This BlogThis! Newer Post Older Post Home.The Santa Ana, Calif.
Stubbs said, adding that it appeared to be a compromise verdict, one agreed upon so the jury could go home after long days of deliberations.
Draskovich said. Because the case was focused on the organization itself, no members or associates faced any time behind bars. But in many ways, some lawyers said, stripping the club of its identifying mark was worse. Other lawyers opined that the forfeiture verdict would not hold up on constitutional grounds. Carter, who has scheduled a hearing for Feb. A seizure order a decade ago was unable to withstand a constitutional challenge after a Mongols member, Ramon Rivera, who was not indicted on any criminal charges, filed a complaint with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union and successfully argued that the confiscation of Mongols items violated his First Amendment and due process rights.
Experts in intellectual property law said that efforts to gain control of the trademark rights to the logo were not enough to claim ownership of them. Prosecutors presented the jury with a battery of crimes over the years allegedly carried out by Mongols members, ranging from drug dealing to firearms offenses to murder, including the fatal shooting of a Pomona, Calif.
Welk said. Known as Operation Black Rain, it was a notably large undertaking for the A. The result was a jarring blow to the club.
In Octobera grand jury returned an count federal racketeering indictment against 79 Mongols, alleging crimes from murder to drug trafficking to money laundering. Except for one defendant who died in custody and another who was deemed incompetent, all those charged eventually pleaded guilty.
Yanny used part of his closing statements last month to assail the integrity of the A. He argued that its agents used entrapment and lies to build their cases against the Mongols. This week, Mr. Have they made mistakes? We never denied that they have. Have they cleaned up their act? You bet they have. The case has highlighted how resolved prosecutors are to hobble motorcycle organizations like the Mongols, which rely on striking optics to convey an air of toughness and intimidation, and how determined biker groups are to protect their logos.
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An outlaw biker gang will be holding a membership meeting at the Palm Springs Hilton this weekend. The Mongols have had a contentious relationship with the law and with their rival club, the Hell's Angels.
Charles Edward Anderson Jr. Anderson, 46, was arrested on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity-assault causing bodily injury. Anderson was arrested at a. Monday when a multi-agency law enforcement team raided his home in the block of Mount Latona Drive, police said.
Anderson is scheduled to go on trial in June on aggravated assault charges in that case. Daniel Borunda may be reached at ; dborunda elpasotimes. More crime news: El Paso defies expectations of violence despite long history of gangs, experts say. More: Bandidos trial details motorcycle gang's attacks on El Paso chapter members in Roswell. Share This Story! Mongols MC El Paso chapter president accused in biker assault arrested in raid The president of the El Paso chapter of the Mongols is accused of assaulting a former rival biker gang member at a motorcycle garage.
Post to Facebook. Check out this story on ElPasoTimes. Cancel Send. Comments Welcome to our new and improved commentswhich are for subscribers only. MT April 29, Martiela F. Eric Alexander Condrin. Luis Fernando Jaquez. Norma Patricia Hernandez.The photo was included in a federal search warrant affidavit unsealed Wednesday in Albuquerque. Source: Federal court documents. Westfall, a purported member of the outlaw motorcycle club the Mongols, was arrested Wednesday in Albuquerque on a federal charge of felon in possession of a firearm.
A federal search warrant affidavit unsealed Wednesday included a photo of this patch worn by members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club of New Mexico.
The raid aimed to recover evidence of racketeering and other crimes while mitigating the threat of violence between the two outlaw groups, the affidavit says:. Two of the three — William Westfall and Isaiah Matthew Chavez — were arrested on federal firearms charges and are set for an initial appearance in U.
Magistrate Court in Albuquerque on Thursday. The third, Carlos Alvarado Jr. The teams of SWAT agents from state, local and federal agencies took extra safety precautions conducting the searches Wednesday, given that two of the three suspects targeted had prior charges of assaulting law enforcement. Westfall was sentenced in to serve three years in prison but was incarcerated less than a year and was released on probation, New Mexico court records state.
The SWAT deputy suffered permanent nerve damage. Westfall, a former member of the Bandidos, is alleged to be the sergeant-at-arms of the Duke City Chapter of the Mongols. Chavez, described as a Mongols member, is awaiting trial on state charges that include aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon in August Law enforcement agents who searched his residence found a Taurus revolver and a Taurus pistol in his bedroom closet — on top of his Mongols Motorcycle Club patches.
The affidavit relies in part on information from six confidential informers. At least five instances of violence between the two clubs have occurred since the Mongols muscled into New Mexico last year, the affidavit says. In March, a top Mongols leader in Albuquerque told fellow members he had run a member of the Bandidos off the road with his car and the motorcyclist subsequently died. The Mongols, with chapters around the world, has about 1, members and is considered by some federal prosecutors as one of the deadliest outlaw clubs of its kind.
According to the Los Angeles Times, a federal court jury in December convicted the Mongols organization of racketeering and conspiracy charges, concluding that it shared responsibility for murder, attempted murder and drug crimes committed by individual members. In New Mexico, the FBI-led task force affidavit sought to execute the search warrants to gather evidence of violations of racketeering, violent crimes in aid of racketeering, interference with commerce by threats or violence, possession of body armor by a violent felon, use of a firearm to further a violent or drug crime, felon in possession of firearm, stolen firearm, transmitting threatening communications and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance.
Outlaw motorcycle gang members told one informer in the case that most states, including New Mexico, had no restrictions on possessing body armor. So the Mongols and Bandidos are encouraging members to acquire such vests for escalation of the conflict. In applying for the search warrants, the SWAT teams sought court permission to knock, announce and then immediately begin breaching locked entry points Wednesday. The search warrant affidavit said that even sworn law enforcement officers or law enforcement support employees maintain friendly or social and unprofessional relationships with outlaw motorcycle gang members.
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Their website was first registered to an address in Bells, Texas in September The town of Bells is located approximately 70 miles northeast of Dallas. Many of the members of Kinfolk are former members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. There are varying accounts about a mass exodus from the Bandidos, either because they were put out by the club, but also because of infighting that caused members to leave by their own account. The following statements were published by the Aging Rebel website and are said to have come from the Kinfolk MC National meeting held on 15 October Of particular interest is the willingness of a one percenter motorcycle club to take in former law enforcement.
The Kinfolk Motorcycle Club patch consists of a man, viewed from the rear, wearing a wide brim hat and long coat, holding a pistol behind his back, looking much like an old west gunslinger. They are not known to have any chapters based internationally. Dusty Childress dies from his injuries. Gozalez is later charged with Engaging in Criminal Activity and murder.Biker News Mongols MC Bandidos Motorcycle Club Iowa Rally
Skip to content. One Percenter Motorcycle Clubs. Share this:.This is the logo for the Bandidos gang, which law enforcement says is facing a turf challenge in New Mexico.
And if they get national backup from their gang for that effort, a violent turf war could ensue, according to current and former law enforcement officials with detailed knowledge of the inner workings of biker gangs in New Mexico.
The patches are affixed under two other vest patches that carry the name and logo of the gang. There has already been violence here, including two recent incidents that prompted the FBI to issue an intelligence report for New Mexico state and federal law enforcement agencies earlier this week that warned of a potential surge in violence among biker gangs, specifically the Bandidos and the Vagos.
The first incident involved a violent exchange between a Bandidos gang member and two Vagos members in April that included gunfire but no injuries. The second happened on Sunday: a shootout at a North Valley fundraiser that left a Vagos sergeant-at-arms dead. Police collected 72 shell casings from the crime scene. The conflict will escalate if the Vagos national leadership decides to send an enforcer crew to New Mexico to provide support for the upstart members here.
The guys will go after each other where they know the other gang hangs out. The U. Both gangs self-identify as outlaws. As of latethere were 50 or 60 New Mexico members of the Bandidos gang, which originated and still has its leadership in Texas. There were 25 or 30 Bandidos in Albuquerque during that time.
Occupying turf alone gives outlaw motorcycle gangs exclusive rights to sell drugs and deal in stolen bikes — their primary source of illegal income, according to law enforcement sources. And in the rare instances that someone tried to claim a slice of territory here, the Bandidos stepped in quickly. The Bandidos have never faced a serious challenge to their dominance here.
The question for New Mexico law enforcement now is whether national leaders for the Bandidos and Vagos will choose this state as a battleground. According to the FBI intelligence report, out-of-state Bandidos may already be on the way here. The Black Berets participated in the event. Malichi Seaman struck one of the fundraiser attendees in the face with a collapsible baton, according to police.