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National Council of Clubs: Law Enforcement and Iron Order Connection Highly Unethical

By David “Double D” Devereaux

RE: Law Enforcement Associations With The Iron Order MC

Date: 2/25/2016

Contact: David Devereaux- Spokesperson, media@councilofclubs.org

The National Council of Clubs is the largest unifying movement in the history of motorcycle clubs. We represent the voice of thousands of motorcycle clubs across America. These clubs are comprised of riders from all walks of life. The movement consists of Christian clubs, Military Veterans clubs, Clean and Sober clubs, Women only clubs, Child Abuse Assistance Clubs, 1% clubs, riding clubs and many others, reflective of the rich culture and history of our country and the multitude of personal interests available to us all. We are dedicated to defending the political, legislative and legal interests of millions of motorcycle riders across America and of all of our clubs and club members.

There is an irrefutable disparity in the treatment of members of the Iron Order motorcycle club relative to the treatment of traditional motorcycle clubs by law enforcement and prosecutors. The IOMC is comprised of a number of members in law enforcement who have demonstrated a continuously increased level of aggression against members of other clubs. The fact that these law enforcement members, even though they are off duty, can still inflame a situation in their personal time and then pull a badge out to trump their conduct is unconscionable. When local law enforcement is called upon to deal with one of these situations as a result of a shooting or other injury to another biker by an IOMC member, they are confronted with an aggressor with a badge who is usually then given preferential treatment.

This disparity in treatment, substantiated by a pattern of violent incidents involving the Iron Order over the last several years, is an injustice made possible by the club’s direct connections to law enforcement. From the killing of Zack Tipton in Jacksonville, FL to the recent killing of Victor Mendoza at the Denver Motorcycle Expo, a clear pattern of preferential treatment is evident that places the Iron Order and its members above the law. For example, a photograph shows that the suspected Iron Order “shooter” in Denver was taken out of handcuffs and allowed to use his personal cell phone in the parking lot after he shot and killed a biker associated with another club and attempted to kill another.

Compare this to how law enforcement dealt with the Waco tragedy last year, where an incident between a very small group of bikers resulted in the mass arrests and detention of EVERY SINGLE PERSON there with a motorcycle or wearing motorcycle associated attire.

Motorcycle club members from across the nation – from big clubs to small – routinely report that the Iron Order deliberately provoke violent incidents with other club members. These incidents are not the result of the unrelated actions of individuals as is normally the case with incidents involving clubs. Unlike other Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs (LEMC’s), the Iron Order seems to be PREMISED on provoking confrontations with other motorcycle clubs for the purpose of initiating deadly force based on the belief that many clubs will not talk to authorities and that when local law enforcement is called in, that nothing will be done.

Like many other disenfranchised classes, many motorcycle clubs have lost their trust in law enforcement. Members have experienced a long history of discrimination and abuse at the hands of some in law enforcement who just don’t like bikers. This attitude is not much different than the conduct of some in law enforcement who just don’t like other people who are not like them. Different religions, different colors, different backgrounds, different languages, different nationalities. In recent years advances in technology, like recording equipment on cell phones, is capturing much more of this inappropriate behavior and discriminatory conduct. Compounding this distrust is the fact that not only does harassment clearly occur against the biking community, but law enforcement members of other clubs take these same attitudes into their personal lives and still use their employment and their badges as some cloak of protection and moral authority. The actions of the Iron Order, because they are tied to law enforcement, tarnishes and further erodes the relationship between law enforcement and the taxpaying citizens they are intended to protect.

LEMC’s like the Blue Knights have publicly condemned the Iron Order and reminded us all that LEMC’s do not normally find themselves in conflicts with other clubs. The Iron Order, and clubs like them, are anomalies in the world of motorcycle clubs. GC Bengal, a member of the Blue Knight LEMC, in a letter to motorcycleprofilingproject.com, writes:

“As a Blue Knight I don’t support any violence towards any club. The IOMC has had several incidents that make all LEO’s and LEMC’s look bad and, as a LEO, I would never associate with them or support them. Yes, I have a job to do and yes we carry on and off duty because we are LEO’s 24/7. But the Blue Knights do not advocate nor do we really have many issues with other clubs unlike some other so called LEMC’s like the Iron Order.”

This miscarriage of justice is so reprehensible that motorcyclists and concerned citizens in every state should be demanding to know why every law enforcement agency in their state has not publicly condemned the Iron Order and mandated that all officers and employees sever all ties to the organization. It’s time to change the dialog. It’s time for law enforcement to police themselves. The escalating frequency of violent incidents involving the Iron Order must not be allowed to continue under the umbrella of government approval and protection.

The National Council of Clubs

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PRESS RELEASE – NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CLUBS

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2016-02-01_14-10-27

RE: Law Enforcement Associations With The Iron Order MC
Date: 2/25/2016
Contact: David Devereaux- Spokesperson, media@councilofclubs.org

The National Council of Clubs is the largest unifying movement in the history of motorcycle clubs. We represent the voice of thousands of motorcycle clubs across America. These clubs are comprised of riders from all walks of life. The movement consists of Christian clubs, Military Veterans clubs, Clean and Sober clubs, Women only clubs, Child Abuse Assistance Clubs, 1% clubs, riding clubs and many others, reflective of the rich culture and history of our country and the multitude of personal interests available to us all. We are dedicated to defending the political, legislative and legal interests of millions of motorcycle riders across America and of all of our clubs and club members.

There is an irrefutable disparity in the treatment of members of the Iron Order motorcycle club relative to the treatment of traditional motorcycle clubs by law enforcement and prosecutors. The IOMC is comprised of a number of members in law enforcement who have demonstrated a continuously increased level of aggression against members of other clubs. The fact that these law enforcement members, even though they are off duty, can still inflame a situation in their personal time and then pull a badge out to trump their conduct is unconscionable. When local law enforcement is called upon to deal with one of these situations as a result of a shooting or other injury to another biker by an IOMC member, they are confronted with an aggressor with a badge who is usually then given preferential treatment.

This disparity in treatment, substantiated by a pattern of violent incidents involving the Iron Order over the last several years, is an injustice made possible by the club’s direct connections to law enforcement. From the killing of Zack Tipton in Jacksonville, FL to the recent killing of Victor Mendoza at the Denver Motorcycle Expo, a clear pattern of preferential treatment is evident that places the Iron Order and its members above the law. For example, a photograph shows that the suspected Iron Order “shooter” in Denver was taken out of handcuffs and allowed to use his personal cell phone in the parking lot after he shot and killed a biker associated with another club and attempted to kill another.

Compare this to how law enforcement dealt with the Waco tragedy last year, where an incident between a very small group of bikers resulted in the mass arrests and detention of EVERY SINGLE PERSON there with a motorcycle or wearing motorcycle associated attire.

Motorcycle club members from across the nation – from big clubs to small – routinely report that the Iron Order deliberately provoke violent incidents with other club members. These incidents are not the result of the unrelated actions of individuals as is normally the case with incidents involving clubs. Unlike other Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs (LEMC’s), the Iron Order seems to be PREMISED on provoking confrontations with other motorcycle clubs for the purpose of initiating deadly force based on the belief that many clubs will not talk to authorities and that when local law enforcement is called in, that nothing will be done.

Like many other disenfranchised classes, many motorcycle clubs have lost their trust in law enforcement. Members have experienced a long history of discrimination and abuse at the hands of some in law enforcement who just don’t like bikers. This attitude is not much different than the conduct of some in law enforcement who just don’t like other people who are not like them. Different religions, different colors, different backgrounds, different languages, different nationalities. In recent years advances in technology, like recording equipment on cell phones, is capturing much more of this inappropriate behavior and discriminatory conduct. Compounding this distrust is the fact that not only does harassment clearly occur against the biking community, but law enforcement members of other clubs take these same attitudes into their personal lives and still use their employment and their badges as some cloak of protection and moral authority. The actions of the Iron Order, because they are tied to law enforcement, tarnishes and further erodes the relationship between law enforcement and the taxpaying citizens they are intended to protect.

LEMC’s like the Blue Knights have publicly condemned the Iron Order and reminded us all that LEMC’s do not normally find themselves in conflicts with other clubs. The Iron Order, and clubs like them, are anomalies in the world of motorcycle clubs. GC Bengal, a member of the Blue Knight LEMC, in a letter to

motorcycleprofilingproject.com, writes:
“As a Blue Knight I don’t support any violence towards any club. The IOMC has had several incidents that make all LEO’s and LEMC’s look bad and, as a LEO, I would never associate with them or support them. Yes, I have a job to do and yes we carry on and off duty because we are LEO’s 24/7. But the Blue Knights do not advocate nor do we really have many issues with other clubs unlike some other so called LEMC’s like the Iron Order.”

This miscarriage of justice is so reprehensible that motorcyclists and concerned citizens in every state should be demanding to know why every law enforcement agency in their state has not publicly condemned the Iron Order and mandated that all officers and employees sever all ties to the organization. It’s time to change the dialog. It’s time for law enforcement to police themselves. The escalating frequency of violent incidents involving the Iron Order must not be allowed to continue under the umbrella of government approval and protection.

The National Council of Clubs

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“Rally For Your Rights” a Success in Las Vegas

By David “Double D” Devereaux

“Rally For Your Rights 2016”, hosted by The Leatherneck Club in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 13, 2016 was a huge success and a testament to unity in the motorcycle club community and a living example of the commonality between bikers and the rest of America. The event further serves as proof that motorcycle clubs often gather around the common ground of civil liberties without incident.

Ghost (President of the Marine Riders and owner of The Leatherneck Club) and Pirate Mike Edwards (Marine Corps Veteran and passionate advocate for Constitutional rights for all Americans) MC’ed the rally.

There were 5 guest speakers covering the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 14th Amendments through a discussion of topics ranging from search and seizure, gun rights, the media, to motorcycle profiling.

The first speaker was Stephen “Bowtie” Stubbs, a well known biker advocate and attorney from Las Vegas. Stubbs spoke at length about your basic rights during a traffic stop and the basic “dos and do nots” based on Constitutional law. Stubbs has chosen to embrace the motorcycle community at great personal cost at both the personal and professional level. Stubbs is an unwavering legal advocate for motorcyclists and civil liberties and the community was privileged to have the opportunity to hear him speak.

The second speaker was Erik Miller, a dedicated gun advocate and NRA member. Erik explained the 2nd Amendment and the importance of the right to bear arms as it relates to securing other civil liberties.

Third to speak was Gene “Big Kuntry” Langley, National President of the “No Rules No Dues” motorcycle organization, retired Nevada Highway Patrolman and Marine Corps Veteran. Gene spoke about the responsibility of being educated about your civil liberties and the fact that LEO’s are not required to inform individuals of most of their rights. In fact, Gene admitted that LEO’s will attempt to get you to freely surrender your rights and even will pursue arrests and property seizures for no other reason than to create a resource drain for those being targeted. It is enlightening to hear former LEO confirm that many police are most often concerned with arresting you, not helping you.

Next was Dr. Will Dulaney, Ph.D. and professor of International Security and International Relations. Dr. Dulaney spoke about media messaging and how to properly deconstruct the negative messages intended to promote stereotypes and discrimination. Dr. Dulaney is an expert in the field of motorcycle club culture and expressed his belief that the media is a critical factor in the fight for civil liberties because the media defines the perceptions of the general population. Dr. Dulaney is quite possibly the most academically qualified advocate for motorcycle club rights in America.

The final speaker was David “Double D” Devereaux, a motorcycle rights advocate from Washington State. Double D focused on laws addressing motorcycle profiling at the state and national level. He also discussed the power of a unified motorcycle rights movement using the examples of Washington State and Maryland, two states that have successfully mobilized club members and independents around the unified goal of fighting discrimination.

Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys also provided 300 very well-written, organized and presented informational packets covering legal issues relevant to the motorcycle community. The packet covers issues ranging from motorcycle profiling, equal access, employment discrimination, personal injury, to criminal matters.

“Rally For Your Rights 2016” was a peaceful, educational, and entertaining event that brought hundreds of motorcycle club members (from dozens of clubs) and American citizens from all walks of life together, based on the commonality of Constitutional freedoms and civil liberties.

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Pagan’s MC Charity Event Canceled After Police Threaten MD Bar

By David “Double D” Devereaux

Pagan's MC charity event cancelled after police threaten Bar, by insinuating law enforcement would negate the bar's license if the event was held.

The practice of law enforcement officers or liquor control officers coercing establishments because they serve individuals wearing motorcycle club colors is reaching epidemic proportions.

Acting under the color of state law, some officers are telling establishments that serving members of motorcycle clubs that have been labeled criminal organizations or gangs by the FBI (or other authorities) is a threat to public safety and general welfare.

These claims are based on generalizations, not the Constitutional threshold of particularized reasonable suspicion that a specific person or persons is committing or intends to commit a specific crime.

The Motorcycle Profiling Project has become aware of an instance of such coercion by the Anne Arundel County Police Department targeting the Sharks Tooth Bar in Brooklyn Park Maryland (near Baltimore). AACPD officers pressured the management of the Sharks Tooth Bar into canceling a Pagan’s MC charity event that was supposed to be held on January 16, 2016.

The AACPD essentially claimed that the FBI has labeled the Pagan’s MC a criminal gang and therefore “reminds” the Sharks Tooth Bar management that serving members of the Pagan’s MC would violate the conditions of their business license because they would be operating their business in such a manner as to threaten public safety or the general welfare of the community.

The MPP believes that the AACPD’s actions are discriminatory and violate the fundamental rights of both the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club and the Shark’s Tooth Bar. The MPP has sent the following letter to the Anne Arundel County Police Chief (and CC’ed the County Executive and County Attorney) in hopes of correcting the obviously prejudicial and unconstitutional coercion.

Anyone concerned by the AACPD actions can call or email the Anne Arundel County Police Chief, County Executive, and County Attorney to express your concerns.

Timothy J. Altomare

Anne Arundel County Police Chief

(410) 222-8500

e-mail: altomare1317@aacounty.org

Steve R. Schuh

Anne Arundel County Executive,

(410) 222-1821

e-mail: sschuh@aacounty.org

Nancy M. Duden, Esq.,

County Attorney

(410) 222-7888

e-mail: nduden@aacounty.org

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Original Hand Delivered Letter from AACPD regarding Pagan’s MC Charity Event

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Letter from Shark’s Tooth Bar Manager

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Thank You

On behalf of not only the MONGOLS MC COLORADO but the entire MONGOLS NATION worldwide we would like to thank everyone for the many expressions of kindness, support and love shown to us during this difficult time. All of your presence this past weekend during our brother Victor “NUBZ’ Mendoza’s memorial service spoke volumes not only to us but to the family of our fallen brother. Again thank you, we will never forget what you all have done for us.

CAT DOGG

MONGOLS MC

Iron Order Escapes Justice Despite Violent History and Deadly Conflicts

By David “Double D” Devereaux

Cgar Orders Members to Destroy

There is a heightened concern with the Iron Order Motorcycle Club because their membership includes rogue cops that play “outlaw” on the weekend, intentionally antagonizing other motorcycle clubs into conflicts as an excuse to use deadly force and “destroy” human life.

The repeated public displays of violence by members of the Iron Order are in conflict with the intended mission of law enforcement and should be a concern to all citizens, professional law enforcement and government officials everywhere.

Iron Order Leadership Clearly Seeks Violence

The current National Vice President and former Sgt. of Arms (Lt. Colonel Michael “Cgar” Crouse) of the Iron Order has explained the twisted rogue cop philosophy of the club on social media when he wrote: “I know our club has the advantage. 1%ers won’t call the cops. So what the fuck!? Destroy any fucker that confront you. It’s a free ticket….If they can.”

The list of incidents establish a clear pattern of the Iron Order provoking confrontations to justify the use of violence and deadly force in order to “destroy” human life. These incidents are not isolated. They are intrinsic to the Iron Order’s mentality. The philosophy articulated by the club’s National VP has been playing out in real life and people are getting hurt and dying.

  • 01/30/2016 – An Iron Order member shoots and kills a Mongol after after instigating a fight at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo in Denver. Pictures taken before the fatal shot show the visibly armed Iron Order member was not in danger and he could have fled the scene. The Iron Order member has not been arrested. “There has never been a confrontation, so much as a fistfight. And many 1% organizations have attended including the Hells Angels, Sons of Silence, Bandidos, Outlaws, Mongols, and many others. For 30 years that this event has taken place, there has never been a problem until the Iron Order showed up.
  • 06/05/2013 – In Cheyenne, WY Iron Order has a conflict with members of the Los Lobos MC which results in assault, minor injuries, and 2 arrested for weapons charges. No Iron Order were arrested.
  • 06/10/2015 – Erlanger, KY: Iron Order MC v. Iron Horsemen MC which 1 person was deliberately struck with a vehicle.
  • 06/19/2015 – Members of the Reading, PA Iron Order chapter killed a woman named Tanya Focht, a student at Alvernia University. Focht was punched in the face by an Iron Order member then thrown into oncoming traffic and killed as she was trying to defend her longtime boyfriend who was being attacked by Iron Order members outside the Bar B Q Pit restaurant. Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams ruled Focht’s death was an accident. Adams told the Reading Eagle, “No charges will be filed in relation to the accidental death.”
  • 05/09/2015 – Madison, IN: Iron Order MC threatens off-duty police officer outside restaurant.
  • 02/21/2015 – Meridian, MS: Iron Order MC have a violent conflict with the Pisteleros MC and Bandidos MC which resulted in 3 shot.
  • 06/07/2014 Baltimore, MD: Iron Order MC v. Chosen Sons MC and Iron Horsemen MC in bar fight. Result: Active Police Officer and retired officer, members of CSMC, were charged with assault and robbery.
  • 06/26/2014 – Jacksonville, FL: Iron Order prospect Kristopher Stone shot and killed Black Pistons MC member Zachariah Tipton in Jacksonville Beach after instigating a fight. Florida State Attorney Angela Corey outrageously ruled the killing was justifiable homicide even though Stone shot the unarmed Tipton in the face while only a few feet apart. Corey refused to charge Stone.
  • 04/27/2014 – Crawfordsville, IN: Iron Order MC has a conflict with Sons of Silence MC in a business parking lot involving bats, firearms, and knives with injuries.
  • NOTE: Most of these incidents have been covered by other media sources. For a laundry list of incidents see IOMC The Real Truth 2

Why is a club with LEO’s having violent and deadly conflicts and brawls with other motorcycle clubs?

Considering that conflicts between most LEMC’s and other motorcycle clubs are rare to non-existent, this is a very important question. These deadly confrontations are unique to the Iron Order and other clubs with the same rogue cop mentality. In fact, other LEMC members condemn the actions of the Iron Order. Members in clubs like the Blue Knights have, in response to a Press Release issued by the National Council of Clubs concerning the recent fatal shooting in Denver, made it clear that they condemn the actions of the Iron Order and would not associate with them.

Thomas O’meara, nicknamed Tuff, a member of a legitimate LEMC writes:

“Being in an actual LEMC ( law enforcement motorcycle club ) I am sickened by the behavior of Iron Order. My prayers go out to the families involved. And I hope the MC community, along with general public, sees this as solely an act from Iron Order MC and not combine other LEMC clubs in this incident.”

GC Bengal, a member of the Blue Knight LEMC writes:

“As a Blue Knight I don’t support any violence towards any club. The IOMC has had several incidents that make all LEO’s and LEMC’s look bad and, as a LEO, I would never associate with them or support them. Yes, I have a job to do and yes we carry on and off duty because we are LEO’s 24/7. But the Blue Knights do not advocate nor do we really have many issues with other clubs unlike some other so called LEMC’s like the Iron Order.”

The intentional provocation of conflict as an excuse to use deadly force and destroy human life must be exposed, extracted, and held responsible. The motorcycle club community should stand in unity and demand that that individuals like Derrick Duran, the Iron Order member that recently killed Victor Mendoza in Denver, be arrested and held responsible for the unnecessary use of deadly force and intentional attempts to destroy people and get away with it.

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Press Release – Colorado Motorcycle Expo Shooting

By admin

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The National Council of Clubs, an organization dedicated to protecting the political and legal interests of hundreds of motorcycle clubs and thousands of their members nationwide, is issuing the following statement related to Saturday’s shooting at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo in Denver:

Various media sources have reported that a confrontation between two motorcycle clubs, the Mongols and the Iron Order, resulted in at least one confirmed dead and at least 7 injured during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo Saturday, January 30th. The National Council of Clubs is deeply disturbed by such unnecessary acts of violence at any event, particularly one as well supported by the community over the years as the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, the largest indoor motorcycle swap-meet in the country.

Council of Clubs attorney Wade Eldridge was present at the expo and in fact witnessed much of the confrontation. Mr. Eldridge says that he was present when he saw a crowd of Mongols and Iron Order, approximately a total of 20-30 individuals, gather inside the expo. According to Eldridge there was yelling and a verbal argument ensuing.

Mr. Eldridge then heard a gunshot. He saw an Iron Order member holding a handgun in his right hand with his right arm extended. According to Eldridge, he heard people shouting, “Put your gun away”. The Iron Order member then dropped his arm and pointed his weapon at the ground, says Eldridge. Eldridge says he reported what he saw to authorities on the scene. Eldridge then called 911 and reported what he saw.

Eldridge’s account is validated by this photo taken by a Council of Clubs participant that happened to be present when the conflict began. This photo was taken following the first shot fired, the source says. The photo shows a member of the Iron Order moving away from the crowd holding a gun in his right hand.

The gun is pointed forward. Eldridge has confirmed that the man in this photo is the same man he saw with a gun extended in his right hand. Eldridge says this man “is the same guy I saw.” This is also the same man identified by eyewitnesses, as reported by many media sources, as the member of the Iron Order that was questioned by police following the shooting.

In another photo provided by the same Council of Clubs participant, this same man, following the shooting, is pictured with another Iron Order member (who appears to be posing) and two law enforcement officers. He is not in handcuffs and is in fact being allowed to use a cell phone even though he is suspected of firing shots.

Stephen Stubbs, an attorney for the Mongols Motorcycle Club, stated that members of the Iron Order is predominately made up of police officers and taunted members of the Mongols into an argument that escalated into violence that led to the fatal shooting of a Mongols member.

John C. Whitfield, a lawyer and Iron Order member, confirmed to the Denver Post that Iron Order members include L.E.O.’s. Relating to this specific shooting, Whitfield told the Denver AP, “a Colorado Department of Corrections officer fired his gun during a weekend brawl at a Denver motorcycle show that left one dead and seven others injured.”

The Iron Order Motorcycle Club has been involved in a laundry list of confrontations around the country with other motorcycle clubs that have resulted in violence or death. For example, on June 26, 2014 Florida State Attorney Angela Corey refused to charge Iron Order prospect Kristopher Stone after he shot and killed Black Pistons patch holder Zachariah Tipton in Jacksonville Beach. Corey outrageously ruled the killing was justifiable homicide even though the Iron Order member shot the unarmed Black Pistons motorcycle club member in the face while only a few feet apart.

Iron Order members have not been held accountable for any of the violence or killings that they have been involved in. So far, the same holds true for the incident in Colorado. Police have told the Denver AP that “they have made no arrests and a Department of Corrections spokeswoman did not immediately return calls for comment.”

The Iron Order, which is an off-duty law enforcement officer based motorcycle club, is identified by the ATF to be an “Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.” (See, The ATF Report on OMG’s and the Military, 2014)

The Council of Clubs has obtained and reviewed intelligence that confirms that the Iron Order repeatedly diminishes the relationship between law enforcement and the community they are intended to serve and protect.

According to a 1% club member that was present and has attended the expo for the past 15 years,“There has never been a confrontation, so much as a fistfight. And many 1% organizations have attended including the Hells Angels, Sons of Silence, Bandidos, Outlaws, Mongols, and many others. There has never been a problem until a law enforcement club showed up. Never. It would be against an unwritten code.”

The Council of Clubs believes that law enforcement clubs involved in confrontations with motorcycle clubs are completely inconsistent with the intended mission of law enforcement and should not be condoned or protected by professional law enforcement and other government officials from culpability.

According to another member of a 1% motorcycle club present at the expo, “local and federal authorities that responded to the incident acted in a professional and respectful manor. Authorities contained the crime scene and did not harass or detain members of other motorcycle clubs that were present. Major 1% clubs evacuated the area to allow law enforcement to do their job. Although the expo was later canceled, initially the owner of the venue and law enforcement authorities invited uninvolved clubs back to the expo.”

The National Council of Clubs has a heightened concern with the general demeanor of some law enforcement member motorcycle clubs. The repeated public displays of violence by members of the Iron Order, combined with the conflict they infuse within society, as compared to the intended mission of law enforcement, should be a concern to all citizens, professional law enforcement and government officials everywhere.

The National Council of Clubs will continue to access information related to this incident and will stand by, ready for further comment.

Contact Information:

All inquiries should be emailed to media@councilofclubs.org and addressed to:
David Devereaux- Spokesperson
-OR-
Jerry Theophilopoulos- Legal Counsel

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National Council of Clubs Responds to Denver Motorcycle Expo Shooting

By David “Double D” Devereaux

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February 1, 2016

Press Release From The National Council Of Clubs

RE: Colorado Motorcycle Expo Shooting

The National Council of Clubs, an organization dedicated to protecting the political and legal interests of hundreds of motorcycle clubs and thousands of their members nationwide, is issuing the following statement related to Saturday’s shooting at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo in Denver:

Various media sources have reported that a confrontation between two motorcycle clubs, the Mongols and the Iron Order, resulted in at least one confirmed dead and at least 7 injured during the Colorado Motorcycle Expo Saturday, January 30th. The National Council of Clubs is deeply disturbed by such unnecessary acts of violence at any event, particularly one as well supported by the community over the years as the Colorado Motorcycle Expo, the largest indoor motorcycle swap-meet in the country.

Council of Clubs attorney Wade Eldridge was present at the expo and in fact witnessed much of the confrontation. Mr. Eldridge says that he was present when he saw a crowd of Mongols and Iron Order, approximately a total of 20-30 individuals, gather inside the expo. According to Eldridge there was yelling and a verbal argument ensuing.

Mr. Eldridge then heard a gunshot. He saw an Iron Order member holding a handgun in his right hand with his right arm extended. According to Eldridge, he heard people shouting, “Put your gun away”. The Iron Order member then dropped his arm and pointed his weapon at the ground, says Eldridge. Eldridge says he reported what he saw to authorities on the scene. Eldridge then called 911 and reported what he saw.

Eldridge’s account is validated by this photo taken by a Council of Clubs participant that happened to be present when the conflict began. This photo was taken following the first shot fired, the source says. The photo shows a member of the Iron Order moving away from the crowd holding a gun in his right hand.

The gun is pointed forward. Eldridge has confirmed that the man in this photo is the same man he saw with a gun extended in his right hand. Eldridge says this man “is the same guy I saw.” This is also the same man identified by eyewitnesses, as reported by many media sources, as the member of the Iron Order that was questioned by police following the shooting.

In another photo provided by the same Council of Clubs participant, this same man, following the shooting, is pictured with another Iron Order member (who appears to be posing) and two law enforcement officers. He is not in handcuffs and is in fact being allowed to use a cell phone even though he is suspected of firing shots.

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Stephen Stubbs, an attorney for the Mongols Motorcycle Club, stated that members of the Iron Order is predominately made up of police officers and taunted members of the Mongols into an argument that escalated into violence that led to the fatal shooting of a Mongols member.

John C. Whitfield, a lawyer and Iron Order member, confirmed to the Denver Post that Iron Order members include L.E.O.’s. Relating to this specific shooting, Whitfield told the Denver AP, “a Colorado Department of Corrections officer fired his gun during a weekend brawl at a Denver motorcycle show that left one dead and seven others injured.”

 

The Iron Order Motorcycle Club has been involved in a laundry list of confrontations around the country with other motorcycle clubs that have resulted in violence or death. For example, on June 26, 2014 Florida State Attorney Angela Corey refused to charge Iron Order prospect Kristopher Stone after he shot and killed Black Pistons patch holder Zachariah Tipton in Jacksonville Beach. Corey outrageously ruled the killing was justifiable homicide even though the Iron Order member shot the unarmed Black Pistons motorcycle club member in the face while only a few feet apart.

Iron Order members have not been held accountable for any of the violence or killings that they have been involved in. So far, the same holds true for the incident in Colorado. Police have told the Denver AP that “they have made no arrests and a Department of Corrections spokeswoman did not immediately return calls for comment.”

 

The Iron Order, which is an off-duty law enforcement officer based motorcycle club, is identified by the ATF to be an “Outlaw Motorcycle Gang.” (See, The ATF Report on OMG’s and the Military, 2014)

The Council of Clubs has obtained and reviewed intelligence that confirms that the Iron Order repeatedly diminishes the relationship between law enforcement and the community they are intended to serve and protect.

According to a 1% club member that was present and has attended the expo for the past 15 years, “There has never been a confrontation, so much as a fistfight. And many 1% organizations have attended including the Hells Angels, Sons of Silence, Bandidos, Outlaws, Mongols, and many others. There has never been a problem until a law enforcement club showed up. Never. It would be against an unwritten code.”

 

The Council of Clubs believes that law enforcement clubs involved in confrontations with motorcycle clubs are completely inconsistent with the intended mission of law enforcement and should not be condoned or protected by professional law enforcement and other government officials from culpability.

According to another member of a 1% motorcycle club present at the expo, “local and federal authorities that responded to the incident acted in a professional and respectful manor. Authorities contained the crime scene and did not harass or detain members of other motorcycle clubs that were present. Major 1% clubs evacuated the area to allow law enforcement to do their job. Although the expo was later canceled, initially the owner of the venue and law enforcement authorities invited uninvolved clubs back to the expo.”

 

The National Council of Clubs has a heightened concern with the general demeanor of some law enforcement member motorcycle clubs. The repeated public displays of violence by members of the Iron Order, combined with the conflict they infuse within society, as compared to the intended mission of law enforcement, should be a concern to all citizens, professional law enforcement and government officials everywhere.

The National Council of Clubs will continue to access information related to this incident and will stand by, ready for further comment.

Contact Information:

All inquiries should be emailed to media@councilofclubs.org and addressed to:

David Devereaux- Spokesperson -OR-

Jerry Theophilopoulos- Legal Counsel

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