ROCK SPRINGS – It’s easy to make assumptions. Everyday life pushes us to make decisions based on limited stimuli. A lot of books are judged by their covers, as are the people who write them.
A group of bikers watched as residents met for a candlelight vigil in honor of the memory of the late George Floyd. The Loners M.C. clubhouse is located across the street from Bunning Park, and about a dozen people kept an eye on the memorial on Monday night. Most were dressed in their leathers, and a few openly carried weapons like a bat, club or rifle. Even from about 100 yards away, there was no missing them.
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I arrived at the park in downtown Rock Springs more than an hour before the event was set to start. Long before the protesters arrived with their posters and candles, bikers began to ride up one by one, and then in larger groups. They kept watch on the proceedings in the park, which slowly filled with Scouts and later demonstrators.
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Vigil participants cast the bikers more than a few glances. Some speculated on their intentions. Were they seeking to intimidate or show silent support? I myself wondered aloud about their desired message and who they wanted to direct it at, noting that misinterpreting this would distort our coverage.