Can a city ban a biker group from a bar? It's a debate that is heating up in Hudson, Wisconsin.
The story begins on April 14.
The Hudson Police Chief says, "The outlaw motorcycle gang showed up at Dibbo's wearing their colors."
The chief alleges the club took over the bar, kicking patrons out and refusing to let the police in. This incident is the central theme in the city's
new liquor license agreement with Dibbo's.
The bar now has to post a "no gang colors" sign and refuse to allow private motorcycle parties. If Dibbo's doesn't comply, the city will pull its
liquor license. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I think this is interesting. I feel the tavern owner definitely has the right to set a dress code for his establishment, but does a municipality have
the right to in essence make a dress code for this establishment a law, that if not followed could lead to the suspension of a liquor license? The
owner says he supports the minicipality in their ruling, and will be happy to comply.
As can be expected, a number of motorcyle clubs/groups have spoken out on what they feel is a violation of their rights to wear their colors proudly.
They say they're being painted with too broad a brush. The ACLU has gotten involved on their behalf.
I first heard about this today on a Milwaukee talk radio program. The opinions offered were about 50/50. I'm torn. For those who don't know, The
Outlaws, the motorcycle club, or gang, depending on who's describing them, have quite an unsavory reputation, and not just here in Wisconsin. Drug
dealing, robbery, murder, coercion of witnesses, there are Outlaw members serving time in Wisconsin prisons for these types of offenses.
I'd like to hear some opinions.