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An outlaw motorcycle club (sometimes known as a motorcycle gang, biker gang, or bikie gang (in Australian English)) is a motorcycle subculture which has its roots in the immediate post-World War II era of American society. It is generally centered on the use of cruiser motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidsons and choppers, and a set of ideals which celebrate freedom, nonconformity to mainstream culture and loyalty to the biker group.
In the United States, such motorcycle clubs are considered "outlaw" as they are not sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and do not adhere to the AMA's rules. Instead the clubs have their own set of bylaws reflecting the outlaw biker culture
Some outlaw motorcycle clubs can be distinguished by a 1% patch worn on the colors. This is said to refer to a comment by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) that 99% of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens, implying the last one percent were outlaws.
The alleged AMA comment, supposedly a response to the Hollister riot in 1947, is denied by the AMA, who claim to have no record of such a statement to the press, and that the story is a misquote.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), they are also known as outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMG).
originally posted by: slapjacks
a reply to: DEANORULES24
Corrections "out law" sorry for not spacing. I guess you thought I was referring to the club "outlaws" which wouldn't matter due to the fact you don't know otherwise annnnnnd here's the icing! They hardly have any presence in Waco, let alone Texas at all.
But I'm a coward, so just disregard my comment.
originally posted by: DEANORULES24
a reply to: Boadicea
One last time !
GANGS not club
Get it !
This brouhaha was a planned, carefully orchestrated event by the PTB using unwitting actors and patsies…the Clubs had no idea they’ve been had. It’s classic game theory given action. Make no mistake about it, the feds had to do something to counter the general citizenry’s semi-favorable view of the lifestyle that shows like SOA (gag) have produced. If you’re a fed, it’s harder to villianize the lifestyle unless there’s a clear-cut large-scale incident that garners national attention. Something like this instantly gives every LEO more credibility to harass a patchholder. Do not, do not underestimate the power of a ‘watershed event’ to shape public opinion. Is this paranoid thinking? To someone who only looks at the ground-level white noise, yes. To someone who looks at the long-term strategic 100,000 ft. view, it’s classic game theory. People, in a large-enough sample size are totally controllable. It’s all about images/symbols and their association with emotive actions. Like it or not, Hollywierd glamorized the 1%er lifestyle. Some feds somewhere decided f’ing with what normally would never garner any attention was too good an opportunity to pass up. Paranoid delusion? Perhaps, but then explain away Tavistock/MKULTRA/game theory and the glaring-in-your-face preplanned LEO response. The term ‘agent provocateur’ could well be used for the person who fired the first shot. Highly improbable? Of course….and somewhere some fed is laughing, thinking ‘no way did they ever see this coming’.
originally posted by: Kester
What can the cops do if someone above them comes along on an operation then shoots a bunch of guys?
FORT WORTH, Texas — A gag order in a criminal case arising from a shootout at a biker gathering in Waco is unconstitutional, overly broad and should be lifted, attorneys for 16 media organizations argued in a brief filed Friday with a Texas appeals court.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 15 other organizations, including The Associated Press, filed the "friend of the court" brief in support of a motion by an attorney for one of 177 people arrested after the shooting.
There have been a couple of motions filed in the last 24 hours with the Court of Appeals for the Tenth District of Texas that argue the issue of whether defense attorneys for the 177 scapegoats in the Twin Peaks Massacre, and the scapegoats themselves, and any witnesses interviewed by police who managed to avoid becoming scapegoats, must be silent or whether they have a right to tell their tales.
Abelino “Abel” Reyna, the Criminal District Attorney for McLennan County, Texas filed his motion about five yesterday afternoon. Clint Broden, the attorney for the scapegoat named Matt Clendennen filed his about 10:30 this morning.
Reyne’s big conclusion reads, “At stake are fair trials for one hundred seventy-seven people, and justice for nine dead.”
In his reply Broden argues. “The State’s Response Brief actually highlights almost everything that is wrong with the ‘gag order’ in this case. Indeed, it purports to give this Court ‘facts’ of the case that it claims are ‘facts’ because these facts are ‘what (is) commonly known through press reports….’ The State then cites to press conferences held by state actors….”
“The word ‘gang’ appears in the State’s brief ten times,” Broden counts, “in an apparent attempt to prejudice this Court, just as the State initially attempted to prejudice the public against Mr. Clendennen. This tactic was strongly condemned by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit” which noted the pejorative nature of the word “gang.”
“What is lost on the State,” Broden continues, “is the fact that, because the police gave almost constant press conferences when these events initially unfolded and because the McLennan County District Attorney went on television to describe ‘gangs’ and explain to the public that the 177 arrested must be guilty because they were not speaking to the police, the defense will now ‘have no idea of knowing (whether) what (witnesses are) telling us (is accurate), if they remember that, if they saw it, or if they watched it …’ during one of the State’s numerous press conferences.”
“It should be obvious to even the casual observer that what the State sought to do is fill the public’s mind with pictures of ‘outlaw biker gangs’ and misinformation and when it believed that it sufficiently accomplished that task it sought a gag order ten minutes before an unrelated hearing with no notice that it was moving for such an order.”
My law firm had joined forces with Don Tittle to pursue potential claims on behalf of several motorcyclists for civil rights violations in connection with the Twin Peaks arrests and detentions. Don is a seasoned civil rights litigator who regularly takes on police departments, municipalities and agencies who have violated a citizen’s civil rights. Meanwhile I have been actively involved in this case since almost the beginning.
Over the past two months I have been asked numerous questions regarding potential civil claims arising out of the Twin Peaks incident as well as receiving many requests for copies of the various pleadings I have filed in my client’s criminal and civil cases. As a result, I have launched a website that addresses these issues and have placed on the website copies of many of the pleadings that have been filed as well as several news articles about the case. Because of the “gag order” imposed, I can’t discuss the case with the media, however, I can make public pleadings available to all and will update the website on a regular basis.
I welcome all feedback. The website can be found at www.wacobikerjustice.com...