By James “Hollywood” Macecari
With the debate coming up on the Madhouse with Dodge County Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt concerning the profiling of the Outlaws M/C ,who set up a clubhouse in Lomira, we now have another sheriff out there who is not only profiling; he goes as far as calling Motorcycle Clubs “Domestic Terrorist”. Please share this article to get the word out on this.
Before I go on. I’m very proud that Insane Throttle is a middle of the road publication. We get a lot of compliments from all the motorcycle clubs out there because we always maintain a fair coverage of them. We do not pick sides and always allow both sides of a story to be told in order for our audience to make up their minds. I’ve always said “We have no horse in the race.” If a club did something screwed up. Insane Throttle will report on it from a factual basis without having our personal feelings involved. Meaning, if one of the freelance writers or even myself have support for one club or another, the articles cannot contain our preferences. If for example it involves a club one of us were apart of, like the one yesterday including the Black Pistons M/C. I disclosed it and told everyone if I went off middle to let me know and put me in check.
This approach has earned us a lot of respect from our readership and that is very important to us. When I go into this debate with the sheriff I do so on the part of all motorcycle clubs around the country who could face this very type of incident. This incident happen to involve the Outlaws M/C so by our standards I have to disclose to our readership that I was at one time a member of the Black Pistons M/C. The time I spent with the BPMC was some of the best times in my life, but I don’t approach this debate with one club in mind. The debate is not about the Outlaws M/C . It’s about all 1%er clubs and clubs who might face this type of harassment. You can bet since this article, Insane Throttle has been reaching out to this Sheriff in Volusia County, wanting to get an interview with him on Motorcycle Madhouse.
So on behalf of myself, Peter “Big Pete” James, Robert “Ghost” Hawkins, Texas Bellend and Double Barrel. We appreciate all the kind words of encouragement that gets emailed to us. We even appreciate the haters because they always keep us on our toes lol.
So with this high profile call out of motorcycle clubs by Wyatt Earp, it’s time the motorcycle community starts waking up. When a law enforcement or governmental agency openly and without hesitation says that ” Motorcycle Clubs like these are Domestic Terrorist”. People should be getting worried. If you watch the video closely you can see this dude has all the confidence in the world saying that. He lists a bunch of events that have happened in Florida but fails to mention that they happened with individuals, not an entire motorcycle club. Again, here we have a governmental agency tagging a whole group of people for the actions of a few.
My question is. Where is the hell is the Confederation of Clubs and their lawyers? Why hasn’t anything been done? Members of motorcycle clubs are not allowed to wear colors in bars during bike week, but they can any other time of the year? That issue is peanuts compared to what this guy is out there saying. All of his actions from this point on can be interrupted as being motivated by his belief an entire club is a domestic terrorist organization so he has the power to treat them as such. He now anoints himself as king and those in the motorcycle club no longer have the right to due process.
Due process is the legal requirement that the state must respect all legal rights that are owed to a person. Due process balances the power of law of the land and protects the individual person from it. When a government harms a person without following the exact course of the law, this constitutes a due process violation, which offends the rule of law.
How are these cops and other governmental agencies are getting away with this? You!! The citizens of this country allowed them to put into law the “Patriot Act”. In the name of security we basically let them take certain rights away from us as American Citizens.
How the USA PATRIOT Act redefines “Domestic Terrorism”
Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.
Bet you really didn’t know until now if you commit a crime, regardless of what it is, it could put you on the Domestic Terrorism list. Club or no club. You can be targeted.
We all bitch about the law. But what are you doing to get rid of it? Nothing. You vote time and time again for the same politicians who have no need for you but every election cycle. You do not hold them accountable or ask questions. No. You vote for whoever has a (D) or (R) besides their name and wonder why we have such crap laws being passed and renewed like the Patriot Act.
I don’t know if you see it or not. But this country is getting kind of messed up and is trickling into the biker community. When someone who is a member of a motorcycle club, has done nothing wrong but hold a patch in a perceived “Criminal Organization”; Can be identified as a Domestic Terrorist! People need to wake up before it’s too late.
On the flip side of this issue. 1%er clubs and clubs in general need to get back to the basics. Biking and Brotherhood. Enough with all the fighting. It’s the actions of a very few members that is giving the clubs a black eye and bringing the heat. If the clubs do not wake up, and soon. Things will get very bad for all clubs out there. Especially when the rest of law enforcement starts taking up the position of Wyatt Earp. We have to stop bringing this stuff upon ourselves. Is all the egos, all the “My Dick is bigger than yours” really worth it anymore? The past is over with. The good old days are long gone and clubs need to learn to adapt or go the way of the dinosaurs like Big Pete always says. What clubs use to be able to get away with back in the day can no longer happen. Technology can catch ya up no matter how hard you try and avoid it.
Leave your comments or thoughts below . Or post them on Facebook or on Twitter. What can clubs do to make sure they do not fall victim to the Patriot Act or Profiling happening around the country?
Source: Daytona Beach News Journal
DAYTONA BEACH — More motorcycle gangs are in town for Bike Week but the Volusia County sheriff said police will come down on them “like white on rice” if they break the law.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he has seen an increase in motorcycle gangs coming to Bike Week in Daytona Beach. To prevent gang violence, the Sheriff’s Office has taken a proactive approach and shifted the focus of its motorcycle theft task force that operated during the event for years. The team now monitors local, national and international motorcycle gangs.
“I would say that it seemed when I first got here in 2006, it was high, and then we hit a period where there was a lull, there was a period where we knocked their club house out of Daytona Beach,” Chitwood said.
In August 2007, Daytona Beach police and FBI raided and busted up the Outlaws motorcycle gang’s clubhouse on Beach Street. The Outlaws gang tried making a comeback but Daytona Beach police and code enforcement has made it difficult for them to set up house in other locations in the city.
“But now from what I see it looks like we are starting to see a proliferation of that. We are starting to see other motorcycle gangs come in, Hells Angels, the Mongols, there is a Puerto Rican motorcycle gang we are seeing coming in here, so in my opinion I think we are starting to see it come back on the rise.”
The FBI has the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and Mongols listed as two of the largest Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in the United States. The others are the Pagans, Vagos, Sons of Silence, Outlaws and Bandidos.
Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri has seen the increase, too.
“Daytona is a national run for most motorcycle clubs during Bike Week,” Capri said. “Meaning that most motorcycle clubs require their members to be here.”
Daytona Beach police detectives have met with several of the gangs and laid down the rules of the city to them, Capri said.
“Our number one goal is public safety,” Capri said. “We’ve met with them and told them they can have their fun but we’ve let them know that if they cause problems, we’ll be on them. They’ve been receptive to our rules.”
Volusia County sheriff’s Capt. Brian Henderson said the motorcycle theft task force had long worked to recover motorcycles stolen from other parts of the country assembled from parts, which were found at Daytona’s Bike Week event. Recovering motorcycles is still done but the group’s concern now is preventing gang violence.
“We have a concentrated group of people that are out there for Bike Week monitoring the criminal street gangs and doing covert operations,” Henderson said.
The Sheriff’s Office team keeping a close eye on motorcycle gangs has studied the criminal history of the gangs in other parts of the United States, which includes fighting over territory, said Lt. Kurt Schoeps, who heads up domestic security for the Sheriff’s Office.
Several violent incidents involving motorcycle gangs in Florida makes it a priority for law enforcement to watch them, Chitwood said.
In April 2017 an Outlaws motorcycle gang member was stabbed to death at the Crooks Den on Orange Avenue in Daytona Beach. Police are still looking for the killer. The next month a member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club was shot to death in Leesburg by Outlaws members over gang colors.
Then, in December 2017 the president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws was shot and killed as he sat in his vehicle at a traffic light by members of the 69ers Puerto Rican motorcycle gang in Pasco County.
And in Seminole County, a bomb placed on a 69ers car exploded without injuring the gang member, but he was shot and killed anyway, Chitwood said.
“This is not just a Florida issue, it’s a nationwide issue to where we have one club fighting with another club over jurisdiction,” Schoeps said. “And like the sheriff said, we want to make sure that doesn’t come here to Volusia County. But they (gangs) are in Volusia County this Bike Week.”
Nationally, there have also been violent encounters of rival gang members like the incident in Waco, Texas, in May 2015. Authorities said an argument in a bathroom and a parking space at a restaurant ended with nine people dead and a parking lot littered with shell casings, puddles of blood, bullet-riddled cars and abandoned motorcycles.
The incident involved the Bandidos motorcycle gang, according to the Department of Justice.
Schoeps said motorcycle gangs partake in criminal activity, including drug trafficking, from which criminal street gangs make their money.
“Motorcycle gangs are domestic terrorists,” Chitwood said.
The sheriff said when the leadership of gangs such as the Oultaws, Hells Angels and the Mongols, go to federal prison, it’s for racketeering, child porn, human trafficking, murder and other violent crimes.
“So that’s what these motorcycle gangs represent,” Chitwood said. “So it’s important for us to know what’s coming into our county to do everything humanly possible to prevent any type of violence from occurring.”
There is no law that says its illegal to be a gang member but authorities will not stand for anyone breaking the law, Schoeps said.
“They know they are being looked at,” Schoeps said. “They know that they are being followed by law enforcement.”
The motorcycle gangs in Daytona Beach wear their colors, some as a symbol of pride or intimidation, Schoeps said.
“When they are out wearing their colors, they are doing their ride but they know we are watching them,” Schoeps said.
Chitwood said part of ensuring safety the cooperation of bar owners to not allow colors in their businesses. Most motorcycle gang violence is know to happen over colors, the sheriff said.
Ultimately, the Sheriff’s Office partners with federal, state and municipal authorities to try to do the best job to abate any violence, Chitwood said.
“When you look around the nation at these biker rallies and you see the shootouts that occur, we can’t have a shootout on Main Street. We can’t have a shootout at Destination Daytona, that’s not going to happen,” Chitwood said. “And if it happens, you know, we are going to come down like white on rice on top of them.”
March 15th on Motorcycle Madhouse. Hollywood and Doublebarrel discuss issues affecting motorcycle clubs and in the second segment we have an interview with Chuck “BBA” Jines. A hard Riding Scooter Tramp that criss crosses the United States while living off the grid
March 22nd on Motorcycle Madhouse Good Time Charlie of Biker Inner Circle & Debate between James” Hollywood”Macecari” and Sheriff Dale J Schmidt of Dodge County on the Lomira Outlaws M/C Profiling
March 29th on Motorcycle Madhouse- Popeye and OG from Texas Biker radio and a special interview with Jim Harris . This episode will be dedicated to discussing the Waco “Twin Peaks” episode and the win against Abel Reyna