Monthly Archives: August 2015

Interview Reveals Even Former Cops See Corruption in Waco

By Motorcycle Profiling Project

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The Message of the interview is quite clearly that the suffering of the innocent outweighs the interest in persecuting the guilty.

The following interview concerning the Waco incident took place July 26, 2015 on a Long Island News Radio (103.9 FM) program called “Eye On Crime”. The program is hosted by Tom Schilaro, a former NY police officer for 20 years and current criminal justice instructor.

Schilaro interviews nationally recognized spokesperson David “Double D” Devereaux and Jim Barr, the current Coordinator for Long Island ABATE. The interview is fair, balanced and reveals that even former law enforcement officers understand the huge problem with obviously over-broad arrests, lack of particularized suspicion, punitive bail, and the lack of information being released to the media and the public.

Attachment-1This interview discusses only what we currently know about Waco and diverts discussion away from conjecture or conspiracy. The message of the interview is quite clearly that the suffering of the innocent outweighs the interest in persecuting the guilty. We simply don’t sacrifice the civil liberties of innocent people to punish the guilty in a free society.

Listen to the Interview Here:

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It’s Illegal for Motorcycle Club Members to Own Guns? That’s What Authorities Say

By Motorcycle Profiling Project

Bikers and guns. Really, they go together like peanut butter and jelly.

Most bikers and motorcycle club members are rugged individualists that believe in the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and the concept of self-defense. Not crazy revolutionaries. But die hard Americans, many of them veterans, that believe in the core principles of the Bill of Rights. It’s true that many bikers are rebellious and critical of government control. Many bikers are also politically active. Most bikers are not felons. And most bikers that carry handguns possess legally issued concealed carry permits.

Despite this reality, many bikers with guns are targeted by the same people that granted them the legal right to carry a gun in the first place. Why? Because law enforcement has, even facing the fact that motorcycle clubs (including 1% clubs) are constitutionally protected associations, historically vilified bikers as criminals based on a discriminatory stereotype. This mindset is based on fear, misinformation, and the historical pattern of suppressing any community vocally critical of law enforcement.

Anyone concerned with government overriding legal mechanisms allowing gun ownership and concealed carry should be highly concerned about law enforcement’s obvious attempts to disarm members of motorcycle clubs based on nothing more than association.

WHERE DO BIKERS GET THEIR GUNS?

So where do bikers and club members obtain their concealed carry permits? Well, from law enforcement agencies of course. The same people that mis-characterize motorcycle clubs as gangs are the same people that know those carrying guns are legally carrying them. More than that, they know that those with concealed carry permits have also passed extensive state and federal background checks and they are not violent felons. In fact, in states with concealed carry laws, almost without exception, every club member with a gun will be legally carrying that gun.

Importantly, even for those that support more extensive regulations and required background checks, concealed pistol permit holders have undergone extensive scrutiny, given their fingerprints voluntarily to authorities, and in many cases have attended firearm safety courses.

So why don’t they just deny permits to bikers if they’re so bad? Well, that would be baseline discrimination based on association and appearance, not behavior. They know these bikers are not gangsters. Motorcycle clubs are legal associations and bikers cannot be arbitrarily excluded from the 2nd Amendment because law enforcement is prejudicial.

WHY DOES LAW ENFORCEMENT CONSIDERS BIKERS ENEMIES?

The reason law enforcement is prejudicial relates to the long history of bikers fighting law enforcement abuses in the legislature, the courthouse, and the street. Those that fight for social and political justice are most often vilified by law enforcement. This makes sense because law enforcement holds up the current order. Grassroots movements argue for fundamental change in the status quo. There is an unavoidable philosophical conflict when our goals as a movement relate to constraining abuses of law enforcement discretion.

The right to bear arms saved my brothers from a corrupt Portland drug task force in 1979. A task force that illegally raided the clubhouse unannounced to plant drugs and kill people. But the right to bear arms provided legitimate self-defense against tyranny and justice prevailed. But only after one dirty officer was shot in self-defense, a brother spent two years in prison until another dirty cop came forward confirming the task force lied to get a warrant and planted drugs. Without adequate self-defense a houseful of my brothers would have been terminated and the crime would have been covered up with planted evidence. (See the book Black Thursday by David “Double D” Devereaux)

Even though my brothers were exonerated and the obvious corruption was uncovered, to this day law enforcement characterizes my club as the one that killed a cop. Conveniently, the murderous corruption of police is not explained. Our dedication to advancing the rights base of motorcyclists is not mentioned. The truth is ignored even when legislators unanimously approve laws addressing the issue of profiling and making the act explicitly illegal. Fortunately, legislators can control law enforcement policy and budgets.

LAW ENFORCEMENT TARGETS CLUB MEMBERS CARRYING LEGAL GUNS

Law enforcement knows the truth about motorcycle clubs but they also understand the power of propaganda. Reality is just not publicly convenient. But they still issue concealed carry permits to every motorcycle club member that applies because club members are not felons and do not have a history of violent criminality.

In fact, more officers are charged with felonies than bikers, including members of self-identified 1% clubs. For example,

“Houston lawyer Kent Schaffer, who has represented Bandidos for more than 30 years, said there are more police officers indicted on felonies every year in the Houston area than Bandidos.” (see After Waco, questions remain about police, By Dane Schiller, Houston Chronicle, June 6, 2015)

How many individuals arrested with handguns in Waco were legally permitted to carry concealed handguns? How many of the other weapons recovered were legally obtained? How many were arrested because they were legally carrying or in possession of a weapon?

There has not been a single report of an illegal weapon. The fact is, the only reports have been related to confiscating legal and legally concealed weapons, even by those that were not arrested. (For example, see In Country Vets, False Accusations, Unethical Journalism And The Aging Rebel AUGUST 11, 2015 )

How many pulled their weapons? Of those that pulled weapons, how many were acting in self-defense? And why would carrying a legally concealed weapon be probable cause for an arrest?

The implications of propaganda overriding reality should be obvious to anyone paying attention. Marginalize, vilify, isolate, discriminate, and eliminate. And one of the best ways to achieve the goal is disarming the entire class.

Disturbingly, Department of Public Safety Lt. Schwartz asserted during an examination trial in Waco that members of criminal street gangs cannot legally carry weapons. Tommy Witherspoon, covering the trial on Twitter, posted:

“Schwartz said membership in a criminal street gang prohibits one from having a legal concealed handgun license.”

Remember, these individuals possess legal concealed carry permits and have passed extensive background checks.

There are other cases of individuals with concealed carry permits having their weapons seized and being charged with a misdemeanor for being a gang member. No crime is committed or even implied. Law enforcement is defining membership in a group they label a gang, a group that has validated 1st Amendment protection, with no judicial check on due process for that determination, as a crime. Kent Schaffer, the attorney from Houston, “pointed to his representation of one Bandido recently charged here with a misdemeanor for being a member of a gang with a gun. Schaffer is challenging the definition of a gang, noting the man had never before been arrested.” (see After Waco, questions remain about police, By Dane Schiller, Houston Chronicle, June 6, 2015)

Sounds an awful lot like entrapment to me. Law enforcement issues the man a permit after extensive background checks and then arrests him for carrying a weapon they permitted him to carry? Makes absolutely zero sense. Which makes it easy to understand why it should be considered unconstitutional.

Gang labeling is not enough to establish probable cause that a crime is occurring, a necessary condition to seizing a legal weapon. Simply carrying a legal gun as a member of a motorcycle club, including a 1% club, is not a crime. The courts have concluded that motorcycle club associations and colors, including 1% clubs, are protected by the 1st Amendment. It is not illegal to be in a club, otherwise they could arrest an individual for wearing colors. By this logic, you could be denied your right to vote. (see How Waco Is Being Used To Decimate The 1st Amendment JUNE 26, 2015

FINAL THOUGHTS

The motorcycle rights movement has been a black eye to law enforcement for many years. Now that the movement is unifying coast-to-coast to fight law enforcement abuse, anti-biker propaganda will increase in intensity. Exposing obvious contradictions between propaganda and reality is one of the best opportunities to gain public support, and the issue of concealed carry permits touches a lot of American citizens.

Average American citizens understand that the 2nd Amendment is one of the most fundamental elements of a free society. History validates that disarming domestic populations too easily leads to totalitarian law enforcement and government abuse in addition to being more vulnerable to foreign threats. The right to bear arms reduces the probability of these threats and reduces the probability of conflict through deterrence.

If law enforcement is successfully able to marginalize the motorcycle club community, one of the most socially and politically active groups in this country, to the point that fundamental rights are denied to even those associated that have no criminal records of any kind, then no community is safe.

Biker Lives Do Indeed Matter. Not just to bikers, but to everyone. In a very real way, the fate of motorcyclists will serve as a blue print for other groups in the future. Disarming bikers is a strategy to cripple the rights base of one of the most visible and active grassroots social and political movements in America. Much of the movement’s efforts are to combat civil liberty abuses by law enforcement targeting motorcyclists. If bikers are successfully marginalized as criminals not worthy of baseline liberties, then the strength of our political movement exposing law enforcement abuses will be crippled as well. It’s a blueprint for social control in the 21st Century.

David “Double D” Devereaux is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders, The Motorcycle Profiling Project, and also works with the Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders at the national level. Contact:

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Waco Judge Rules Being in a Club is a Crime?

By Motorcycle Profiling Project

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The first examining trial related to the Waco shooting concluded with the judge finding sufficient probable cause for the arrest and charge of a married couple present at the Twin Peaks on May 17, 2015. There was no evidence presented of either individual committing an actual crime. The judge found probable cause to arrest Mr. And Mrs. English as parties engaging in organized criminal activity. Their association with one of these groups, displayed through a support patch, was determined to be sufficient probable cause to send the question to a grand jury to consider an indictment. It was also asserted that members of criminal street gangs do not have the legal right to carry weapons even if they have a concealed carry permit.

I find this decision disturbing. Although just an examination trial, not the criminal trial, based on this logic members of legal associations can be charged with organized criminal activity based on others actions, with no evidence that they actually participated in a crime. Law enforcement nationwide has been influenced by Waco, some conducting militarized police operations in response to clubs simply riding through town. The implications for the 1st Amendment should be obvious and they are not positive.

WHAT WACO COURT CONSIDERS PROBABLE CAUSE

Against much case precedent, the Waco court has concluded that alleged membership in an organization that law enforcement labels as a gang is sufficient to establish probable cause for an arrest for organized criminal activity even if there is no evidence showing involvement in criminal activity.

“Department of Public Safety Lt. Steven Schwartz, a 17-year department veteran, testified at the morning hearing that William and Morgan English wore patches that identified them as members of a group called Distorted. Another patch identified them as members of a support group for the Bandidos, which Schwartz said has been identified as a criminal street gang.

He said he thinks the Englishes were aware of the rift between the Cossacks and Bandidos and they were there that day as a show of support for the Bandidos.”

“Schwartz said they wore patches that said they support the Bandidos, so that tells him they are at least somewhat involved in criminal activity.

He said he saw nothing that day and has developed no subsequent evidence to show the Englishes are involved in criminal activity.” (see Waco Tribune)

Notice the defendant’s knowledge of tensions helped establish probable cause. But consider the fact that knowledge of alleged tension between these clubs in Texas was common and even reported by the media. Knowledge of a rumor on the street or in the media is now sufficient to determine participation in organized criminal activity?

APPLYING THE COURT’S LOGIC TO THE REST OF SOCIETY

Does this mean a Seahawks fan with a jersey and knowledge of tension with Denver fans could land in jail, charged with organized criminal activity and a $1 million bond, if they go to a Denver/Seattle game and a Broncos fan gets hurt by another fan wearing a Seahawks jersey? Sounds unreal. And it should be. But that’s what this decision means for motorcycle clubs.

“Going to the game? Undercover officers will be keeping an eye on Seahawks fans”

(Source: Q13 Fox TV)

Disturbingly, Lt. Schwartz also asserted during testimony that members of criminal street gangs cannot legally carry weapons. Tommy Witherspoon, covering the trial on Twitter, posted “Schwartz said membership in a criminal street gang prohibits one from having a legal concealed handgun license.” Remember, these individuals possess legal concealed carry permits and have passed extensive background checks. This is further proof of the attempt to disarm motorcycle clubs.

Almost every large organization has members that commit crimes. This is true of motorcycle clubs, law enforcement agencies, city councils, state legislatures, U.S. Congress, sports teams, churches, schools, fraternities, sororities, corporations, investment groups, nonprofits, many political groups, and just about every other large group or community. But the actions of the few do not define the whole group.

If mere membership or affiliation with an organization where someone else commits a crime is sufficient to establish probable cause for organized criminal activity and prohibit gun ownership, imagine the chilling effect that could have on not only motorcycle clubs but society at large. Fear of prosecution could deter membership in organizations across the board, particularly those critical of government and law enforcement abuse. Other progressive organizations for change, often in opposition to government abuse and policy, could find themselves any easy target for organized criminal activity prosecutions. It’s an effective method to dismantle a grassroots social or political movement.

Motorcycle clubs will be presumed criminal organizations and the rights of members will be severely restricted. It will be easier to arrest and prosecute club members. Club members with no criminal records will no longer be able to carry concealed weapons legally. Membership will be considered sufficient to establish reasonable suspicion and probable cause that a crime is occurring or will likely occur. It’s not a matter of if or when. This is happening now.

This threat should galvanize us to fight for legislative and judicial relief against discriminatory law enforcement targeting motorcycle clubs. Only through unification, organization, and political action can motorcycle clubs survive the current onslaught targeting our community. Everything from the trademarks of club patches to gun ownership are under attack. Clubs will either unite on common ground or many clubs will cease to exist.

David “Double D” Devereaux is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders, The Motorcycle Profiling Project, The Council of Clubs, and also works with the Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders at the national level. Contact: doubled@motorcycleprofilingproject.com, motorcycleprofilingproject.com)

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A War of Words: Public Perception of Motorcycle Clubs After Waco

By Motorcycle Profiling Project

There is a war of words being fought in the media to correctly frame the discussion about Waco (and motorcycle clubs generally) in the face of initially inaccurate claims followed by secrecy and silence. Although many in the motorcycle rights movement feel that the tragedy in Waco has set the movement back years, I believe that this is only true if the motorcycling community fails to support and deliver a unified response. A unified movement can more effectively build broader coalitions with members of the general non-motorcycling public. And the issue of abusive and discriminatory law enforcement impact a broad range of Americans. Support from the general public inarguably increases the chances of successfully obtaining relief from the democratic process.

EPIDEMIC OF POLICE ABUSE PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY TO SHIFT PERCEPTION

The obvious and massive incompetence and corruption of the Waco authorities (see The Lie That Caused 177 Arrests In Waco) provides an opportunity to draw a bridge of commonality with the general public at a time abuses of law enforcement discretion are a virtual epidemic in America.

The laundry list of civil liberty violations and procedural incompetence displayed by Waco’s criminal justice system is shifting the original gang warfare narrative based on sensationalized hyperbole to the narrative of due process and systemic abuse. Unifying the motorcycle community behind this extremely persuasive reality is an opportunity to connect with the general public and the mindset of average Americans.

Preventing the suffering of innocents is more important than any compelling state interest to prosecute the guilty. This is the cornerstone of a free society and a democratic criminal justice system. The details and actions of the guilty have yet to be disclosed, but the civil liberty concerns at issue are irrefutable and based on fact. (see Waco And The Blackstone Ratio)

WHERE DOES THE WAR OF WORDS STAND?

Although much of the criticism of Waco is being expressed by motorcyclists, there has been little to reveal the perception of everyday people that don’t ride motorcycles or have familiarity with motorcycle clubs.

The Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP) believes that general public perception can be critical to the success of motorcycle rights initiatives. Legislators respond to their constituents. (See What It’s All About) If even non-motorcycle riding constituents perceive law enforcement practices as overreaching and discriminatory, it is far more likely that a lawmakers will be open to legislative relief.

So what is the general public perception relating to Waco? Is the general public more persuaded by law enforcement’s attempt to instill fear or are they more concerned with blatant Due Process violations, innocents suffering, and corruption in the criminal justice system? Has the lack of disclosure on the part of government officials led to a general public distrust? Do people think that the police were over-militarized in their response?

Although there is no solidified survey or statistics available, letters like the MPP recently received seem to suggest that the law enforcement narrative fails to resonate with many that don’t ride, but are paying close attention in Texas. Scott Steele, a non-motorcycling American and Texas citizen, expressed the following concerns:

“I have followed the incident in Waco since it happened, and even though I am not a rider, I feel that you gentlemen have been given a raw deal. Too much does not add up correctly. From different accounts that I have read it seems plausible that the shooting “could” have been started by several of the police located inside the bar. For what reason, I do not know, unless the government is simply trying to test it’s muscles in a rural setting. Anyway, know that there are a lot of people in SE Texas who feel as I, you got screwed.”

The lack of disclosure and communication about Waco has created a general feeling of distrust and suspicion. Even non-club members notice that the blatant contradictions and misinformation being released by authorities have created more questions than answers. And even when it has become clear that many were arrested for merely being present at a political gathering, authorities still staunchly defend clear Due Process abuses.

IMPORTANCE OF CONNECTING WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC

As motorcyclists, we spend a lot of time communicating with each other about issues that impact our community. It’s time to expand that radius and begin reaching out to the non-motorcycling world and the general public in order to combat stereotype driven perceptions and law enforcement abuses that impact people in many walks of society.

Educating people about the motorcycle rights movement and how the issues motorcyclists face relate to them is an excellent way to build broader coalitions. The movement to end militarized policing, for example, is an issue that impacts everyone from the family watching paramilitary police in fear, to the discriminatory targets of the unjustified force. And everyone also understands that free societies do not sacrifice the liberty of innocents in order to punish the guilty.

There are an estimated 10 million motorcyclists in the United States. So every motorcyclist knows many individuals that don’t ride. Basic civil liberties of innocents have been ignored and stepped upon by the criminal justice system in Waco. Every motorcyclist should make it a priority to educate as many non-motorcyclists as they can about this abhorrent miscarriage of justice. Stick to the facts. Stick to what we know.

I think a lot more of the general public, if effectively exposed to these truths, would be outraged and disgusted at:

  • generic arrest affidavits for 177 individuals with no particularized probable cause,
  • $1 million dollar punitive bail set for all 177 based on “sending a message”,
  • the recusal of Judge Peterson (the Judge that set bail for all 177),
  • the prosecutor’s attempts to bar access to videos necessary for the defense of the accused,
  • the gag order placed on attorneys and defendants after these attempts were thwarted,
  • the attempts to stay the decision to lift the gag order,
  • the clear conflict of interest involved in allowing a Waco Detective to serve as Grand Jury foreman, and
  • the refusal to release ballistics reports and autopsies that would definitively answer how many individuals law enforcement injured and killed.

The potential civil liability exposure to the city of Waco is limitless. As the gross negligence of Waco’s law enforcement and criminal justice system is exposed, the opportunity to overwhelm their false narrative becomes more likely.

Drawing this bridge to the general public can in fact reinforce the necessity and urgency for laws required to protect an entire class of Americans defined through expression of legal associations. If the motorcycling community acts responsibly to this crisis by unifying behind a factual narrative that the general public relates to, then the probability of passing motorcycle profiling laws across America arguably becomes more likely, not less. The power of people utilized correctly creates the potential to use the tragedy in Waco to accelerate the motorcycle rights movement and help secure the adoption of motorcycle profiling laws coast-to-coast.

David “Double D” Devereaux is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders, The Motorcycle Profiling Project, The Council of Clubs, and also works with the Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders at the national level. Contact:

Source:: A War of Words: Public Perception of Motorcycle Clubs After Waco

In Country Vets, False Accusations, Unethical “Journalism” And The Aging Rebel

By Motorcycle Profiling Project

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Despite zero substantiating fact, the Irresponsible Rebel crossed the lines of ethics and decency…

On May 17 four members of the In Country Motorcycle Club, formerly In Country Vets Motorcycle Club, were initially rounded-up and arrested along with 177 others in Waco, Texas. After being arrested all four of these individuals were detained for hours. Without explanation from their Waco captors, all four were then gathered together and told they were being released. They were driven to the Convention Center where the arrested were originally processed, given back their belongings, absent their legal weapons, driven to a near-by station and finally released.

Based on these circumstances, the Aging Rebel erroneously asserted that the reason these individuals would be arrested and released is because they were confidential informants working with the Waco authorities. Despite zero substantiating fact, the Irresponsible Rebel crossed the lines of ethics and decency by plastering the names of wives and children on a blog.

These accusations were irresponsible, unethical, disrespectful, and damaging at many levels. As a national spokesperson representing confederations and coalitions of motorcycle clubs coast-to-coast, it is important that irresponsible reporting be answered. Although the content of the article is no longer posted, no explicit apology or retraction has yet to be offered.

Once something is posted it exists in some form forever. So are the names of family. Although an article was later posted about one of the ICMC members that was un-arrested and correctly stated that he was mistakenly arrested because of how he looked, that is not an apology. It’s time to set the record straight.

Initially, it is important to be familiar with the In Country Motorcycle Club and what they represent. The In Country are comprised of only actual in-country Vietnam veterans. The youngest member of this club is over the age of 65. The ICMC is a registered 501c19 nonprofit veterans organization. The ICMC is extremely dedicated to the motorcycle rights movement and the Confederation of Clubs. Their National President is a respected and active leader in the motorcycle club community.

When the last member passes, this club will exist only in memory. To potentially tarnish the image and reputation of an important veterans institution based on conjecture is highly disrespectful, particularly when those pointing fingers are part of the motorcycle community. These men made immense sacrifices for freedom and continue that fight in the motorcycle rights movement. If there is no proof, no “paperwork”, it is imperative that these rumors stop now and an explicit retraction be written apologizing for such grossly irresponsible reporting.

Many individuals were released from the scene that day because law enforcement determined that the club had no connection to the clubs that law enforcement alleges were part of the conflict.

The ICMC were the only veterans organization arrested that day. Every other veterans club was released hours earlier. The ICMC were initially and incorrectly identified to be organizationally associated with one of the accused clubs. This may be because their patch says In Country and doesn’t have the word vets or veterans like all of the other military clubs present. Law enforcement’s assumption was initially incorrect and thankfully a few of the innocents were released and un-arrested.

Those released were not confined to veterans clubs. For example, members of the Boozefighters Motorcycle Club were released and even spoke to the media about their experience. There were nearly 200 people present and detained, so obviously many were released.

When it was discovered that the ICMC were veterans and not affiliated with any other club, the process of release began. Officers had to ask for the names of ICMC members so they could be released. Basic logic dictates that if they were informants this would not have been necessary.

Importantly, if a source were truly familiar with the current motorcycle club world and the Confederation of Clubs, then reaching out to talk to all of these individuals to gather responsible research would have been extremely easy. In fact, I have contacted every one of them and gathered the story in their words.

Responsible reporting, especially from those intending to help motorcyclists, requires thorough investigation. If an individual does not have the connections to the current motorcycle club world then the last thing that they should do is levy accusations based on conjecture and absolutely no fact. To go as far as naming individuals and their families, without conducting a proper journalistic investigation, is simply inexcusable.

I give these accusations absolutely no credibility. Animal, the ICMC National President, has many close relationships with motorcycle clubs nationwide. Considering this reality, these accusations are not deemed credible by those most active in the motorcycle rights movement because they are blatantly false.

What kind of sense does it make to assert that four Vietnam veterans all over the age of 65 were active informants in Waco? None of them live in Waco and every one of them is highly involved in the rights movement and the struggle to fight law enforcement profiling and discrimination.

In fact, let me put it this way. These men have fought and risked their lives for all of our freedom their entire lives, from the jungles of Vietnam to the streets of America. The least that we can do is hear their side of events and conduct responsible research, so their sacrifices are not forgotten or taken for granted, tarnished by false accusations.

I know these men from their involvement in the motorcycle rights movement. I feel confident that these accusations are false. I am Chair of the Washington State Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders, National Liaison to the US Defenders, co-chair of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists Legislative Task Force, Spokesperson for the national Council of Clubs, director of the Motorcycle Profiling Project, and I am a member of ABATE and BOLT USA. I’d like to feel like I have a good sense of the community and the clubs involved in that community.

boycott-clipart-BoycottAbsent a retraction and sincere apology, I think every motorcyclist and motorcycle club member should boycott the The Irresponsible Rebel to send a clear message that this type of unethical reporting will not be tolerated or embraced by the motorcycling community. Nothing released by this source can be assumed to be accurate, thorough, or informed, based on this incident. The Irresponsible Rebel has thus far refused to apologize for this wrong. Ego and ignorance have no place in the fight for freedom against discrimination and profiling targeting motorcyclists nationwide. The Irresponsible Rebel should be considered nothing more than low standard tabloid journalism until the cannons of ethical journalism are embraced and false and damaging statements are retracted.

Persecuting in the media those that were innocent victims, arrested and detained for attending a political gathering in Waco, is disgusting, indefensible and must be isolated, excised and completely ignored.

IN THE WORDS OF THE ACCUSED MEMBERS OF THE ICMC

Please take the time to read the words of the falsely accused. It is very apparent, based on the content of these letters alone, that The Aging Rebel’s accusations are baseless.

Letter #1:

Good morning Mr Devereaux.

Our ICMC National President, Animal, and our Tx State President, Cowboy, provided your email address and asked that we contact you. We follow your communications about the Waco massacre and much appreciate all you’re doing for us in the Tx biker community. That’s in addition to everything you’ve accomplished getting rid of rider profiling and standing up for motorcycle rights.

Four Tx ICMC Brothers were directly affected by the events of 17/18 May 15. As you’ve read online the four of us were named as ‘snitches’ who cooperated with the WPD in making the incident happen. That is a complete lie.

What information can we provide you to help refute this smear tactic?

Sincerely

Gerry Lowrey

ICMC Rocketman

Letter #2

Good Morning Dave – This is what I experienced 17/18 May 15. The sequence of events for each of us four IC members differs slightly regarding processing at the convention center and jail. I‘ve attended TCOC&I meetings for five years and have not seen problems.

-Because of rain I drove from Georgetown TX to a meetup near Belton TX with Rod Nash, Terry Gott, and Bob Douglas. They also drove and I followed them from Belton to the Twin Peaks in Waco. The Reg 1 TCOC&I meeting had been publicly scheduled for 1300 and we anticipated driving home by 1400. Waco is 70+ miles from my home.

-Arrived in Waco a little before 1200 and parked on the west side of the Twin Peaks in the shopping mall common parking area.

-We said hello to some bikers in the parking lot, went into Twin Peaks to use the restroom, and walked outside to the east side of the café.

-We stood in the parking lot near the I-35 frontage road and talked amongst ourselves. About 1215 we heard shots to the west of us.

-I was facing south when I heard the shots, looked over my right shoulder to the west, and saw a group of bikers between Twin Peaks and Don Carlos starting to run.

-I turned to the left, went over the berm near the frontage road, and laid down on the ground so as to not get hit by bullets.

-The shooting stopped after a very few minutes. I couldn‘t see what was occurring on the west side of Twin Peaks.

-Very soon there were cops on the frontage road behind us. A cop took my legal gun, knives, driver‘s license, and cell phone and put them on the pavement.

-We were kept on the ground near the frontage road until approximately 1700. We were allowed to piss behind a garbage container shortly before 1700.

-About 1700 my hands were tightly plasti-cuffed behind my back and I was put into a cop van. After an hour in the van I was taken into the Waco convention center and placed into a large room with other bikers. All were similarly cuffed.

-During the time in the center I was interviewed by a cop who asked for personal information and took pictures. Later during the night I was interviewed by a nurse and other personnel related to being jailed. I told them two or three times that ICMC is a 501c19 non-profit veterans club that does not support any other club or organization. I did not discuss other clubs or speculate upon recent events.

-Approximately 0500 18 May 15 I was taken by van to the jail. At the jail I waited with others to be processed. When it was my turn they cut off my plasti-cuffs so I could help inventory my possessions.

-Before the inventory process was complete a cop came up to me, put on steel handcuffs, and asked the processor to give me a check for the money they had taken. I was given my bag of possessions and taken to a driveway area. In the area was Nash and Gott.

-We were put into a van and taken back to the convention center. At the center we were allowed to put on our belts, socks, shoes, wallets, keys, etc.

-The four of us and another man were driven to the Lacy Lakeview police station north of Waco and permitted to call for transportation. Gott‘s wife came to Waco and drove the four of us back to the meetup location in Belton. Other vehicles had been left there because we expected to be back by 1500 Sunday. Gott got his vehicle and drove me to Georgetown.

-Approximately 10 days later I was allowed to get my vehicle from the WPD impound lot. A few days later I received my driver‘s license in the mail. At this time I do not have my cell phone, gun, and knives. Part of my right thumb remains numb from too many hours in tight plastic cuffs.

-I have never been arrested or detained by LE. My last traffic ticket was approximately 1978. I have grad credits beyond my MS. I retired from the USAF with 21+ years of honorable service, including volunteer time in Vietnam and Thailand. I retired from Boeing Aerospace Houston after working 13 years on the space station program. My final job was as the Manager of Quality Engineering and Inspection. I started riding in 1963 and ICMC is the only club of which I‘ve been a member.

Sincerely

Gerry Lowrey

Letter #3

Mr. Devereaux my name is Terry Gott, one of the four un-arrested at Waco, this idiot Aging Rebel has even posted my wife and son’s names in his bullshit blog, he states that in his opinion that because we were un-arrested, therefore we must be C.I.s. He has no right placing people’s well being and families in jeopardy simply on his warped opinion. I don’t Facebook and I don’t twitter, tweet or respond to drama shopping such as this lying Rebel shit.

We, as you already know, were the only ones arrested and then un-arrested with no explanation etc. I would speculate after realizing we are a Veteran MC and individual background check? We as everyone else were detained and kept barefoot and zipped tied behind the back for attending a COC meeting in Waco. Times not exact, but between 3:00 am & 4:00 am on 18th May, Nash, Lowry & I transported from Convention Center to Waco jail for in-processing, booking etc. Lowry was entered into jail, Nash into pre-processing cell and I 1st out in bus for next vacancy, several mins. later I was told to exit bus & told to face up against the building, few mins. later I was joined by Nash & Lowry. After bus was emptied, we three were told to re-enter bus and returned to Convention Center and told we were being released, no other explanation giving.

We are a Vietnam MC of ages 65+ that put all our efforts toward helping vets. This bullshit that this guy is drooling is just that, BULLSHIT !

Not a Brother in this MC would put their loved ones or family in jeopardy by being a damned C.I. or snitch, what this lying Rebel is doing is just wrong, period.

Letter #4

Good afternoon Mr Devereaux.

My National President and my State President, provided me with your email and asked if I would contact you. We’ve been following your communications about the Waco massacre. I am one of the four In Country MC that got arrested that day. We were the only veterans motorcycle club that did get arrested. All the other veterans clubs got released hours before us. We were the only Veterans Club that made it to jail. I guess that’s why we were unarrested. I guess the Waco police don’t really know that much about motorcycle clubs. I think we didn’t get released we got arrested and then un-arrested because our cuts did not have Veteran on the backside. I don’t think the Waco police new What IN COUNTRY stood for. There is no way in hell any of our organization is CI,s for Waco police, FBI, or the ATF.

My hat goes off to Amy Irene White for her story on us. As the other storyteller writing articles he’s so full of s*** his eyes are brown. I think is pretty well covers most everything if you need any more information you can contact me.

Letter #5

Good afternoon Mr Devereaux.

I guess this is going to be a continuation of my email to you from yesterday. I’m going to try and give you a time line from 17 May to 18 May.

We arrived at Twin peaks in Waco at 12 p.m. As we arrived we were met by another Veterans Club telling us that there was a hundred and ten Cossacks around the corner. We walked right by them and into the bathroom of Twin Peaks.

We departed the restaurant and stood out front of Twin Peaks in the far left front corner, stood there and talked to other clubs…. Soon as [the fight started] the Waco police jumped out of their vehicles and started shooting into the crowd….

We stayed there until we got the all clear and the Waco police rounded us up and made us sit there and look at the dead people for 5 hours. While they had me spread eagle on the highway they started searching our bodies for weapons.

At that time they took my weapon (my automatic pistol) and my CHL license. After five hours they handcuffed all of us and loaded us into vans for port to the Convention Center.

At that time they took our wallets and anything that was in our pockets including our shoes and socks, all while in handcuffs….We stayed in the convention center till about 4 in the morning.

Then we when to the County Jail. I guess at this time we were arrested or we wouldn’t been going to the county jail. Around 5 o’clock I was in a cell block with three other individuals. A Waco police officer walked in and said you with the in country vets come with me.

I followed him out of this cell then he told me to go over to the left side wall and put my hands on the wall in there. There I met one more in country member and the officer asked me if there was any more in country members in jail I told him yes there was one more and I gave him his name. at that time when all three of us were together the officer told us that we were going to be released.

they took us back to the convention center and started to give us our purpose no properties back less my phone my knife and my gun. Oh yes they also took my vehicle. I know I’ll never get my knife back it took 9 days to get my vehicle back. it took 5 weeks to get my phone back and my last contact with the Waco PD which has the serial number and registration to my gun said I might get my gun back by Christmas but first they have to run ballistics on it see if I shot anybody.

Hot Rod, President, IVCORP TX, ICMC

*Questioning the honor and integrity of any of these men, men willing to identify themselves and openly tell there story, men with established track records and a history of dedication to freedom and motorcycle rights, without conducting any research or factual validation, is abhorrent and will only serve to divide a community that requires unity for survival.

David Devereaux is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders, The Motorcycle Profiling Project, The Council of Clubs, and also works with the Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders at the national level. Contact: doubled@motorcycleprofilingproject.com, motorcycleprofilingproject.com)

Source:: In Country Vets, False Accusations, Unethical “Journalism” And The Aging Rebel

The Man And The Signal that Triggered The Waco Shooting?

By Motorcycle Profiling Project

The leaked video from the Don Carlos parking lot capturing a small piece of the conflict in Waco may not show us exactly what transpired on May 17th, but it very well may reveal the key witness and what triggered the shooting. The man in the blue shirt must be identified.

The leaked video shows a man in a blue shirt surveying the Twin Peaks parking lot and the bikers gathered there. He does not look like a patron waiting for a table or taking a break from a meal. This man is completely absorbed in observing the gathering and appears completely focused.

This man had a direct view of the Twin Peaks parking lot. He had been standing there for a long amount of time before the shooting started. He could describe the scene from the perspective of an extremely focused individual. This man arguably has the most comprehensive account of the event as it unfolded into gunfire.

Most concerning is the fact that the man in the blue shirt irrefutably signals a person (or persons) in the Twin Peaks parking lot immediately preceding the start of the shooting by tapping his head with his right palm three times. (12:40:58/59) He then turns and runs into the front door of the Don Carlos after the shooting begins. This signal is deliberate. It is beyond coincidence that shooting immediately followed this signal.

Here is an edited version of the leaked video. Showing that some time elapsed between the black SUV and the apparent signal (further discrediting his signal as the universal “biker code” for law enforcement presence). After the Man in the Blue Shirt signals he appears to lift his head to get a better view of the Twin Peaks parking lot, just before running into Don Carlos after the shooting began.

The man stays on the scene at Don Carlos for the remainder of the video. He emerges once, talking on the phone before he hangs up and converses with uniformed law enforcement in the Don Carlos parking lot. (13:31:23). He then disappears inside Don Carlos and never emerges again.

Knowing who this man is will tell us exactly who he was signaling that day. Was he signaling bikers or law enforcement?

Based on observation, it is unlikely he is a biker. He does not look like a biker. The other bikers on the scene that day had on biker related attire. Also, he remained at Don Carlos long after other patrons had left the scene and engaged in conversation with officers after the shooting. It seems far more likely that this man is related to law enforcement. And if this is true the implications are obvious.

Certainly this man can be identified. Surely someone recognizes him. It is blatantly clear that the man in the blue shirt witnessed the beginning of the conflict and the events immediately preceding the shooting. It is beyond the realm of believability to argue coincidence. There is a connection between this man’s signal and the beginning of the shooting.

But until this man is identified it is impossible to determine with certainty what role his signal played in the tragedy at Twin Peaks. But when he is identified, we may very well find out who is responsible for triggering the shooting in Waco.

See the full leaked video here:

David “Double D” Devereaux is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders, The Motorcycle Profiling Project, The Council of Clubs, and also works with the Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders at the national level. Contact:

Source:: The Man And The Signal that Triggered The Waco Shooting?

Bikers Met by Paramilitary Forces: Riding in California is Now Considered a Threat?

By Motorcycle Profiling Project

Paramilitary policing is a reality in California.

The largest state police organization in the country openly describes themselves as a paramilitary organization. The California Highway Patrol Cadet page states, “The California Highway Patrol is often described as a “paramilitary” department, and that is true. The uniforms, ranks and insignias, chain of command, and the long-standing traditions resemble a military organization.” There is zero dispute than California law enforcement is highly militarized.

Case Study: Paso Robles California

Date: June 19th, 2015

On June 19th, in Paso Robles, California, officers from departments all throughout the county surrounded the police station as a precautionary measure because the Vagos motorcycle club was expected to “ride through town.” Streets were closed with barricades between and around the police department. The Vagos motorcycle club, authorities argued, has been known to have a particular distaste for the police.

If “distaste for the police” is the criteria law enforcement uses to justify massive militarized responses, no one in America is safe.

Agencies in attendance included the Atascadero Police Department, Arroyo Grande Police Department, Grover Beach Police Department, San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, California Highway Patrol and the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

In light of the recent shootout in Waco Texas, the backup support was brought in. On June 19th, there were officers stationed around the station wearing bullet-proof vests, acting as potential, “bullet bouncers,” according to a San Luis officer interviewed by the Paso Robles Daily News.

The operation defies logic. A massive, multi-agency militarized task force based on no specific threat or report of a threat? A massive multi-agency military-style operation to fortify the police station and City Hall based on nothing but stereotype and fear. In fact, citizens reported in calls and emails that “they’d never seen anything like it. Some of them felt unnerved and unsafe.”

When challenged to justify the operation, the Paso Robles Chief of Police Robert Burton said his department upped enforcement “to help protect the community against a documented gang organization and be prepared in case violence broke out.”

No particularized threat. No reasonable suspicion. No probable cause to believe that a violent crime was occurring, or was about to occur. Promoting mass fear based on unrelated incidents that have zero to do with Paso Robles. In fact, the opposite was true and this fact is acknowledged by authorities.

Police acknowledge that there was no specific threat or danger. No threats against police. Police admit that they have never had any problems with the Vagos or any motorcycle clubs in Paso Robles. Nothing but unrelated tragedies used to promote fear in order to justify a militarized response to a non-emergency situation.

Imagine the amount of resources involved in an operation of this scope. The overtime. The equipment. The planning. A gross mismanagement and expenditure of public resources based on zero actual threat. The only measurable result was to further instill fear in average citizens watching the American police state in action and the unconscionable waste of precious public dollars. This should disgust and infuriate every American.

Citizens must unite in the grassroots effort to end militarized policing in America by proposing and supporting policies and legislation designed to reverse militarized law enforcement. We must get active.

We need solutions that limit the circumstances in which SWAT or other paramilitary teams are deployed and solutions that reinforce the distinct differences between a militarized and tactical mindset and community policing. High powered tactical units should be reserved for the rare emergencies where there is probable cause to believe that there is a violent crime occurring, or there is an imminent threat that it will occur without police intervention. (See: How To Prevent Another Militarized Police Massacre)

It is imperative that we strive for a society in which we do not look for a police officer and instead see a soldier.

David “Double D” Devereaux is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders, The Motorcycle Profiling Project, The Council of Clubs, and also works with the Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders at the national level. Contact: doubled@motorcycleprofilingproject.com, motorcycleprofilingproject.com)

This article obtained it’s factual information from the following sources:

*see Paso Robles Daily News, Police take security precautions for biker gang, June 19, 2015)

*see KSBY 6, Paso Robles Police Chief defends response to biker gangs, June 22, 2015)

Source:: Bikers Met by Paramilitary Forces: Riding in California is Now Considered a Threat?

How To Prevent Another Militarized Police Massacre

By Motorcycle Profiling Project

“The means of defense against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home.”

James Madison’s famous words are again unfolding in 21st Century America. The use of military style policing has become a primary tactic law enforcement is employing to target and profile the motorcycle club community coast-to-coast. Consider recent events in Waco, Virginia, California and Idaho. This trend is irrefutable. (see Police Have Declared War On Motorcycle Clubs: Is Another Biker Massacre Imminent? and Virginia Police State: No Motorcycle Club is Safe)

And the problem is not confined to motorcycle clubs and the poor. Police militarization is a reality in most corners of America. In the words of The Free Thought Project:

In the 1970‘s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a year. The problem of police militarization is a legitimate threat to the very fabric of a free society. We are now witnessing the horrible manifestations of this standing army that has been built up around us in the name of throwing people in cages for their personal choices.”

“This problem has been staring us right in the face for a long time and up until now, has been being largely ignored. However, the elephant in the living room has caused so much damage that even the mainstream media is now being forced to cover it. Because of people out there like you, that share these atrocious stories of police violence, this conversation is being forced into the public debate.”

Most sane Americans would agree that such violent tactics used to enforce non-emergency police work for the sake of sending a political message is simply deplorable. The problem is clearly established. It is now important to discuss solutions to a problem that is impacting American citizens on a national scale.

The Solution

The Motorcycle Profiling Project is based on the idea of uniting a community at the grassroots level for the purpose of using the “power of people” to influence the democratic process to advance the civil liberties of motorcyclists. The power of the grassroots motorcycle rights movement in states like Washington prove that responsible democratic movements can effectuate tangible change.

For example, the prohibition against motorcycle profiling in Washington State, passed unanimously in 2011, was a direct result of a united grassroots community. And this policy has resulted in a dramatic 90%+ reduction in profiling incidents statewide, and gives the community a tool to fight future abuses.

The issue of police militarization can be combated the same way. A united grassroots effort across all impacted communities could effectively secure relief in state legislatures across the country, and eventually the U.S. Congress. The issue of police militarization is a common ground issue across society and an issue that terrifies most Americans.

It’s time to fight back by utilizing the democratic process to secure our eroding base of civil liberties. The movement to end police militarization should be a powerful and broadly diverse grassroots political movement advancing actual change and proposing actual legislation and policy.

The following proposal drafted by the Motorcycle Profiling Project is a simple and virtually cost-free approach to reduce militarized police operations. The proposal requires every law enforcement agency in the state to adopt a written policy statement, implement restrictions on the use of SWAT or other military-style teams, and prepare a simple annual report detailing the use of SWAT or other military-style teams. These requirements were formulated based on research and suggestions from experts in the field, including former law enforcement officials that have since chosen to speak out against police militarization.

A Proposal To Reduce Police Militarization in America.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THIS STATE:

NEW SECTION Sec.1 Every state and local law enforcement shall; (1) adopt a written policy to condemn and prevent the militarization of law enforcement, defined as the use of SWAT or other paramilitary teams (police equipped with military grade or military style weapons, equipment, and clothing) for any enforcement action that is not based on reasonable suspicion or probable cause establishing that a violent crime is in the process of being committed, or is likely to be committed imminently without police intervention.

(2) restrict the use of SWAT teams, or other paramilitary police teams, to those rare emergencies in which there is reasonable suspicion or probable cause establishing that a violent crime is in the process of being committed, or is likely to be committed imminently without police intervention.

(3) issue an annual report detailing each use of SWAT or other paramilitary teams. This annual report should detail the purpose of the operation, the reasonable suspicion or probable cause establishing violence or the imminent threat of violence, the number of officers involved, the equipment/weapons/gear utilized in the operation, what the searches found, whether any shots were fired, by whom shots were fired, whether any individual was injured or killed, whether those injured or killed were civilians or law enforcement.

Identifying any problem is the first step in the process of solving it. The issue of militarized policing has been clearly established and impacts Americans in their everyday lives. Military-style policing turns otherwise non-violent situations into a powder-keg for violence and massacres. But the solutions have not received enough focus.

It’s time to unite all elements of America impacted by militarized policing and use “people power” to demand tangible legislative change. Both the mindset and practices of militarized police forces must change to reflect the demand that policing maintain the purpose of protecting those they serve. Not turning us all into enemies.

David “Double D” Devereaux is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders, The Motorcycle Profiling Project, The Council of Clubs, and also works with the Confederation of Clubs and US Defenders at the national level. Contact: doubled@motorcycleprofilingproject.com, motorcycleprofilingproject.com)

*source: Free Thought Project, The Militarization of Police Has Gotten So Out of Control Its Captured the Attention of the MSM, By Matt Agorist, June 29, 2014

Source:: How To Prevent Another Militarized Police Massacre