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Gone are the days when someone wanting to buy Hells Angels support gear

Dale Carruthers-woodstocksentinelreview

Gone are the days when someone wanting to buy Hells Angels support gear only had T-shirts, hoodies, or lighters to choose from.

Now, the world’s largest outlaw motorcycle gang sells everything from masks and baby onesies to belt buckles and wallets.

But the OPP is warning people to think twice before buying merchandise supporting any outlaw motorcycle gangs, saying the proceeds fund organized crime in communities.

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“We’re just reminding the public that when they purchase support wear, there’s a physical risk to them because they’re supporting organized crime,” said Det. Staff Sgt. Scott Wade, head of the OPP’s biker enforcement unit.

The biker enforcement unit, one of Ontario’s largest joint force operations, is about to roll out its annual campaign to educate the public on the perils of buying biker support gear, traditionally sold at festivals, motorcycle shops and via online stores.

Launched in 2018, the annual campaign was supposed to kick off before this summer’s festival season, but large-scale gatherings have been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The reason we’re doing this late this year is because there hasn’t been any motorcycle festivals,” said Wade, whose unit comprises about 50 members from 20 police forces and agencies.

The Hells Angels sold swag at Port Dover’s Friday the 13th gatherings — events that drew as many as 200,000 people to the Lake Erie community — until Norfolk council last year banned issuing vendor’s permits to motorcycle clubs with a criminal history.

Outlaw motorcycle gangs have strict rules that only allow members to wear their logos, but anyone can sport the clubs’ support gear, which traditionally doesn’t feature the gang’s name or logo.

Hells Angels support merchandise, for example, features the numbers 81 — representing H, the eighth letter in the alphabet, and A, the first — or the words Big Red Machine.

Toronto rapper Drake faced criticism after a photo of him wearing a Hells Angels support hoodie was posted on social media in 2018, including a rebuke from the OPP’s commissioner.

Both the Outlaws and the Hells Angels, longtime rivals with a history of violent clashes, have a presence in London. The Hells Angels are considered the dominant club, with an estimated 12 full-patch members, plus additional members of their support club, the Gatekeepers.

5 comments

  1. So if I run that big blue stripe on the back window of my truck am I showing support for cops who shoot unarmed people in the back.Yeah thats a generalization but so is saying support gear sales support gang activity.Our support sales are used for helping out Brothers who may need help getting tbeir bikes fixed or for chapter trip expenses like gas and lodging.Nothing gangster about that.

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  2. Hollywood the clubs are going to have to change. I know you and most others love the “traditional” way of doing things but man until the clubs come together unite and quite doing stupid shit then we will all pay and colors will be no more. Until clubs join forces and unite and fight back then this will be nothing but a memory.

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  3. Why not warn cop support gangs..like madd.. these sre a real big part of our opioid crisis.. the are a club that supports and is supported by the leo’s.. they crimpped down on booze so hard that kids are afraid to drink…but kids wont stop being kids…so now they take drugs for fun on thursday ..they need two on friday…by sunday they are hooked .then job loss ..homelessness and so on….thank you madd for supporting the crooked cops..and thank you crooked cops for fucking up our kids.. but i wont be buying one of iether of your shirts.. i will wear daily what ever fucking bike club shirt i want…so fuck off with your warning… im warning people about you….assholes..

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  4. Agreed. Wear whatever the fuck you want.
    Support those who support you.
    I’ve still got what can only be called remnants of my very old and decrepit “Free Sonny” shirt.
    Anyone who takes issue with any shirt I wear today, feel free to say something to my face about it.
    Since I never have given a fuck what anyone else thinks since I was born, think I give a fuck now?
    Go ahead, open your mouth. be prepared to be on the receiving end of profanities in several languages. You won’t understand virtually anything, but it’ll amuse the hell out of me.

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