The Life Of A Rider https://thelifeofarider.com Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:43:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.7 A national joint operation targeted members and associates of the Hells Angels MC has resulted in 24 people being charged https://thelifeofarider.com/a-national-joint-operation-targeted-members-and-associates-of-the-hells-angels-mc-has-resulted-in-24-people-being-charged https://thelifeofarider.com/a-national-joint-operation-targeted-members-and-associates-of-the-hells-angels-mc-has-resulted-in-24-people-being-charged#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 15:43:34 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1532 A national joint operation targeted members and associates of the Hells Angels MC has resulted in 24 people being charged with dozens of offences across Australia. The operation, coordinated by National Task Force Morpheus, involved police and other government agencies and partners from across Australia and New Zealand joining forces yesterday, Wednesday 14 October 2020, …

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A national joint operation targeted members and associates of the Hells Angels MC has resulted in 24 people being charged with dozens of offences across Australia.

The operation, coordinated by National Task Force Morpheus, involved police and other government agencies and partners from across Australia and New Zealand joining forces yesterday, Wednesday 14 October 2020, to conduct a series of 28 coordinated search warrants and disruption activities targeting the Hells Angels MC.

Yesterday’s activity involved the following law enforcement agencies:

  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Border Force
  • Western Australia Police Force
  • Northern Territory Police
  • Queensland Police Service
  • South Australia Police
  • Victoria Police
  • New South Wales Police Force

The results resulted in the seizure of firearms, ammunition, cash and drugs. The drugs included methylamphetamine, cocaine, steroids and 30L of GHB. In addition, one clandestine drug lab and a hydroponic setup were located indicating the cultivation and manufacture of drugs was taking place.

In addition to the arrests and seizures made yesterday, valuable intelligence was gained which will be shared with all law enforcement agencies through the Australian Criminal and Intelligence Commission’s Australian Gangs Intelligence Coordination Centre.

Detective Superintendent Tony Longhorn, WA Police Force’s representative on National Task Force Morpheus, and spokesperson for yesterday’s national operation, said the coordination of activities across jurisdictions is a critical aspect of investigations and intelligence gathering.

“Outlaw motorcycle gangs use their networks of chapters across the country, and across the world, to facilitate a range of criminal activities including the activities linked to the illicit drug and firearm trades.

“By working together across national and international borders we gather important intelligence to assist with targeted disruption activities and build our intelligence holdings to support current and future investigations.”

“The Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang in particular has a long history of violence and intimidation and have strong links to other Serious & Organised Crime Groups, not just in Australia but across the world through their overseas Chapters.”

“The members of National Task Force Morpheus are committed to disrupting and dismantling the criminal networks linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs and will do everything within their powers to protect the community from the dangers outlaw motorcycle gangs pose.”

Australian Federal Police National Anti-Gangs Squad Detective Acting Superintendent Jason McArthur said Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs are violent, well-organised criminal networks that have zero respect for the law and regard themselves as above it.

“They are not families or a ‘brotherhood’. The Hells Angels – like every other bikie gang – is trying to recruit new members and associates only to facilitate its criminal ventures and make money,” he said.

“Outlaw motorcycle gangs’ operations are not restricted by state or international borders, which is why the AFP established the National Anti-Gangs Squad with state and territory police, the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, to work with all of our partners in a coordinated approach to fight gang-related crime.”

As part of National Task Force Morpheus, the AFP-led National Anti-Gangs Squad brings Commonwealth capabilities and international networks to help disrupt these high-risk gangs and protect the Australian community.

“Our message to OMCGs and their supporters is clear – we are working together, and we will be relentless. We will outsmart you.”

National Task Force Morpheus is a joint initiative of Australia and New Zealand law enforcement and Australian Commonwealth agencies targeting the crime associated with Motorcycle Clubs.

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Judge: Truck Driver’s Miranda Rights Not Violated After Crash That Killed 7 https://thelifeofarider.com/judge-truck-drivers-miranda-rights-not-violated-after-crash-that-killed-7 https://thelifeofarider.com/judge-truck-drivers-miranda-rights-not-violated-after-crash-that-killed-7#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2020 18:27:30 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1528 LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled against a request by a pickup truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists to leave some statements made to police out of his upcoming trial. Attorneys for Volodymyr Zhukovskyy said their client indicated during a police interview last June that he was not able to …

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LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ruled against a request by a pickup truck driver charged with causing the deaths of seven motorcyclists to leave some statements made to police out of his upcoming trial.

Attorneys for Volodymyr Zhukovskyy said their client indicated during a police interview last June that he was not able to continue the interview, and that the continuation of questioning was a violation of hisVolodymyr Zhukovskyy Miranda rights.

“Right now, I don’t even want to answer anything. Like, I’m just out of it,” Zhukovskyy told police, according to a transcript included in the court filings.

Police halted the interview briefly before continuing to question Zhukovskyy about drug use and his actions the day of the crash, Zhukovskyy’s attorney said.

Prosecutors argued Zhukovskyy’s comment was ambiguous and did not merit ending the interview.

Superior Court Judge Peter Bornstein concluded that Zhukovskyy’s statements “were not sufficiently unambiguous” and that his Miranda rights were not violated.

Zhukovskyy pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide and driving under the influence. He remains in custody as he awaits trial.

The crash happened on June 21, 2019, in Randolph. The victims, members of the Jarheads Motorcycle Club, were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Shots Fired At Clubhouse Sparked Killing https://thelifeofarider.com/shots-fired-at-clubhouse-sparked-killing https://thelifeofarider.com/shots-fired-at-clubhouse-sparked-killing#respond Thu, 08 Oct 2020 16:33:58 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1523 New York City, NY, USA (October 7, 2020) – The assassination of a Bronx motorcycle club leader was retaliation for someone opening fire on the Hells Angels new Bronx headquarters, prosecutors revealed Wednesday. Hells Angels members Frank “Loose Cannon” Tatulli, 58, and Sayanon Thongthawath, 29, were arrested July 22 for for allegedly shooting Francisco Rosado, …

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New York City, NY, USA (October 7, 2020) – The assassination of a Bronx motorcycle club leader was retaliation for someone opening fire on the Hells Angels new Bronx headquarters, prosecutors revealed Wednesday.

Hells Angels members Frank “Loose Cannon” Tatulli, 58, and Sayanon Thongthawath, 29, were arrested July 22 for for allegedly shooting Francisco Rosado, the head of the Pagan’s Motorcycle Club’s Bronx chapter.

Rosado, 51, was shot dead in a parking lot at Holland Ave. and Boston Road in Allerton about 3:20 p.m. on May 2, near the Bronx building where he worked as a super. He was shot in the head, neck and back. Another Pagan, identified as Javier Cruz, 42, was shot in the arm, officials said.

Two masked suspects were caught on disturbing video jumping out of their Jeep Cherokee and opening fire on the two men.

The Pagan’s have been deemed an outlaw motorcycle club by federal authorities, and several of its members have been linked to drug dealing, violence and death, officials said.

Tatulli and Thongthawath were arrested on July 22 on charges of murder, manslaughter, attempted murder and assault charges A third suspect, Anthony Destefano, 27, a member of Satan’s Soldiers, was also arrested and charged with manslaughter and conspiracy.

Francisco Rosado

The motive at the time was unknown.

A Bronx grand jury recently indicted Tatulli and Thongthawath on murder charges. Both are being held without bail on Rikers Island awaiting their next court date.

“The defendants allegedly shot the two victims, in retaliation for a January 2020 shooting outside the Hells Angels headquarters on Longstreet Ave. in the Bronx,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said in a statement Wednesday.

“The defendants allegedly conspired and carried out this horrific violence in a residential area, near a busy intersection in broad daylight. These retaliatory shootings hurt our communities and must stop.”
 

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6-Year-Old Boy Saves Sister From Dog Attack, Gets 90 Stitches https://thelifeofarider.com/6-year-old-boy-saves-sister-from-dog-attack-gets-90-stitches https://thelifeofarider.com/6-year-old-boy-saves-sister-from-dog-attack-gets-90-stitches#respond Wed, 07 Oct 2020 14:30:08 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1519 A six-year-old boy from Wyoming in the US has been mauled by a dog as he risked his life to save his younger sister. Bridger Walker bravely stepped in when the dog began charging at his sister on July 9, according to his aunt. Don’t go by Bridger Walker’s age. He is six but, a very …

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A six-year-old boy from Wyoming in the US has been mauled by a dog as he risked his life to save his younger sister. Bridger Walker bravely stepped in when the dog began charging at his sister on July 9, according to his aunt.

Don’t go by Bridger Walker’s age. He is six but, a very brave boy. Bridger from Wyoming, US, saved his little sister from a dog and in turn, terribly injured himself after it attacked him during the act. For his courageous behavior, Bridger, in fact, received a big shoutout from Hollywood actors Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway. More on that later.

In a post on Instagram, Bridger’s aunt Nikki Walker detailed the incident and shared pictures of Bridger and his sister.

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My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister. He later said, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.” He got home from the hospital last night. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks. Please, check your DM’s for my sweet nephew’s story. @tomholland2013 @chrishemsworth @robertdowneyjr @markruffalo @prattprattpratt @twhiddleston @chadwickboseman @vindiesel @chrisevans @vancityreynolds @thehughjackman Edit: I never expected my sweet nephew’s story to reach so many. Please, follow my other post (I only have two so far 😅) for the latest info regarding my sweet nephew and his family.

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On July 9, as the dog approached the little girl, Bridger stood in front of her. The dog, thereafter, attacked Bridger and bit him on his left cheek. Irrespective of his serious injury, Bridger managed to escape the spot with his sister.

Bridger received 90 stitches for his injury and a plastic surgeon helped to treat him, his aunt said. He is now resting at home.

“My nephew is a hero who saved his little sister from an attacking dog. He, himself, took on the attack so that the dog wouldn’t get his sister. He later said, “If someone was going to die, I thought it should be me.” He got home from the hospital last night. I know it’s a long shot, but I’m reaching out to the Avengers and other heroes so that they can learn about this latest addition to their ranks,” Nikki Walker said in the caption of her post, and also tagged Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Vin Diesel, Chris Evans and other actors.

In a separate post, Nikki shared another set of pictures and said, “On July 9, my six-year-old nephew Bridger saved his little sister’s life by standing between her and a charging dog. After getting bit several times on the face and head, he grabbed his sister’s hand and ran with her to keep her safe.”

And guess what?

Mark Ruffalo responded to Bridger and said in the comments section, “Dear Bridger, I just read about what happened to you and I wanted to reach out to say this… People who put the well beings of others in front of themselves are the most heroic and thoughtful people I know. I truly respect and admire your courage and your heart. Real courage isn’t dominating people or fighting against people or walking around like a tough guy. Real courage is knowing what is right to do and doing it even when it might end up hurting you somehow. You are more of man than many, many I have seen or known. With Admiration…Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk/Professor).”

On Facebook, Anne Hathaway applauded Bridger and said, “I’m not an Avenger, but I know a superhero when I see one. I can only hope I’m half as brave in my life as you are in yours, Bridger. Wishing you an easeful recovery, and many cool looking rocks.”

 

 

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10 Reasons Why The Sportster Is The Best Harley-Davidson Ever https://thelifeofarider.com/10-reasons-why-the-sportster-is-the-best-harley-davidson-ever https://thelifeofarider.com/10-reasons-why-the-sportster-is-the-best-harley-davidson-ever#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:20:53 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1512 Introduced in 1957, the Harley-Davidson Sportster has one of the longest production runs of any motorcycle – and for good reasons! Motorcycles have always had the reputation of belonging to a specific demographic. The more rebellious, thrill-seeking, free-spirited individuals tend to be the stereotypical motorcycle riders. Though most motorcycles are exciting to ride, not all …

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Introduced in 1957, the Harley-Davidson Sportster has one of the longest production runs of any motorcycle – and for good reasons!

Motorcycles have always had the reputation of belonging to a specific demographic. The more rebellious, thrill-seeking, free-spirited individuals tend to be the stereotypical motorcycle riders. Though most motorcycles are exciting to ride, not all of them have the prestige, perfectly built engines, and American flavor that Harley-Davidson motorcycles have.

Harley-Davidson motorcycles have been the most popular and respected brand of American motorcycles for more than five decades. Thanks to their roaring sounds and huge engines, Harleys are looked upon as the best cruisers ever made. Though foreign brands such as Yamaha or Triumph have tried to copy Harley-Davidson, they never came close to achieving the same result. Ultimately, Harleys such as the Sportster became some of the most iconic motorcycles.

10First Sportster

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Following World War 2, the US economy boomed. As a result, the middle-class grew in size. Thanks to a substantial disposable income, families nationwide wanted to have toys and engage in leisurely activities. From coast to coast, motorcycle fans were aching to get their hands on technologically updated versions of the legendary Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

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The first XL Sportster was released in 1957. Coming in a 900cc version, the Sportster was a serious American-made bike developing 40hp thanks to its four-stroke V-Twin engine. The Sportster ultimately became one of the most iconic Harley-Davidson ever made. Some of the first XL Sportsters are now collectible motorcycles and go for over $45,000.

9British Invasion

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While the US economy was booming, European economies were recovering. In an effort to accelerate the recovery, European countries such as the United Kingdom kicked things into gear by doubling down on production. Thanks to the legendary European attention to detail and a dormant domestic supply side, British motorcycles became instantly popular.

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Consequently, American motorcycle manufacturers were forced to step up their game. Harley-Davidson was among the most prominent. The Sportster was the direct competitor of the Royal Enfield 350 Bullet and the Triumph Tiger T110. Needless to say, the Sportster became a huge success with American buyers who were more inclined to buy domestic rather than imports.

8Knee On The Ground

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Harley-Davidson motorcycles have the reputation of only being good in straight lines. In fact, a lot of American vehicles have that reputation. In reality, American car and motorcycle manufacturers have worked extensively to shake off that reputation. The newer Sportsters are far from incapable of handling a sharp turn.

The Sportster, for example, is perfectly adapted to the curvy roads. Engineered to be a cruiser bike, the Sportster has proven to be more sporty than other H-D offerings with huge engines and back tires.

7Copycats

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When Toyota was first created, it produced cars that were largely inspired by American cars. When Huawei started manufacturing phones, it copied the already existing phones produced by both Apple and Samsung. All in all, when a product has been proven to be successful, the competition will do their best to replicate a similar product and gain some market share.

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The success of the Sportster inspired manufacturers such as Honda and Yamaha to produce similar motorcycles. The Honda Shadow Phantom and the new Honda Rebel does have some of the features found on the Sportster. However, when looking at the Yamaha Bolt, it is blatantly obvious that the Japanese manufacturer looked at the Sportster’s design to come up with a similar product.

6Legendary Evo

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The Evolution engine (known as the Evo) is Harley-Davidson‘s result of meticulous and fruitful research and development. First released in 1984, the Evo was originally made in the 1,340cc displacement for Harley’s big V-Twin bikes. The Evo engine has been said to be the engine that saved Harley-Davidson from bankruptcy.

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The Evo engine was consequently modified to fit the 883 and 1,200cc versions of the Sportster. It replaced the aging Ironhead engine and ultimately gave the Sportster another life in the mid-1980s. The Evo engine was eventually installed on other Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

5Racing

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Harley-Davidson motorcycles are not known for being racing motorcycles. In fact, most Harley-Davidson motorcycles are known to be either cruisers or choppers. When racebikes are mentioned, most people think about Japanese motorcycles such as Honda or Yamaha, or European ones such as Ducati or Triumph.

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Though mostly found on the drag strip, Harley-Davidson Sportsters will also tear up a regular track. Thanks to its ability to take corners and pop right back into position, the Sportster is a very versatile motorcycle that surprised several motorcycle enthusiasts.

4Cherished

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There are so many motorcycles available on the market that it seems to be almost impossible for any of them to actually differentiate themselves from the others. Though several motorcycles have reached the status of icons, they are often unknown to the vast majority of the general public.

The Sportster has conquered an increasing amount of people both domestically and internationally. Thanks to the several improvements that were done on the Sportster over the years, it became one of the most popular Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the world. The Sportster is one of the motorcycles that allowed Harley-Davidson to remain a serious motorcycle manufacturer.

3Ready To Be Customized

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The Sportster, after 63 years of existence, logically became one of the best American motorcycles to customize. As you may see in the picture above, the Sportster can undergo some major transformations and look like an absolute gem. This result would not be possible without numerous aftermarket parts suppliers in the market.

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The wide availability of aftermarket parts is a telltale sign that the vehicle is highly successful. Moreover, aftermarket parts for the Sportster are available for most budgets, thus allowing people with different budgets to tastefully and successfully modify their cherished motorcycle.

2Customized

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Long gone are the days when a stock motorcycle was enough to satisfy riders out there. With a plethora of aftermarket parts now available, it is possible to turn any Sportster into a mean café racer as depicted in the picture above. Though it may not please everybody, the café racer set up is definitely going to satisfy some riders.

Fortunately, the Sportster is not only made to be turned into a café racer. This particular Sportster has been turned into a cool-looking scrambler and will please both Harley-Davidson and scramblers fans. Sportsters can be modified in a lot more styles, hence its popularity in the motorcycle community.

1Monster

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The best part about motorized vehicles is the possibility to turn them into absolute beasts. The Sportster is far from being the exception. It can be modified to be one of the meanest, most aggressive, and fastest cruiser bikes out there. Though the budget needed to reach this result may take a huge chunk out of one’s disposable income, the result is breathtaking.

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Hells Angels Member Now Has Sentence Date https://thelifeofarider.com/hells-angels-member-now-has-sentence-date https://thelifeofarider.com/hells-angels-member-now-has-sentence-date#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 20:08:45 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1507 Sudbury, Canada (September 15, 2020) – A sentencing date is now set for a full-patched Hells Angels Nomad chapter member from Ottawa who has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Sudbury court. Joshua Khosrowkhani, 33, who was facing five charges arising from his arrest August 1, 2019, and was in custody at the Sudbury …

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Sudbury, Canada (September 15, 2020) – A sentencing date is now set for a full-patched Hells Angels Nomad chapter member from Ottawa who has pleaded guilty to a drug charge in Sudbury court.

Joshua Khosrowkhani, 33, who was facing five charges arising from his arrest August 1, 2019, and was in custody at the Sudbury Jail, pleaded guilty via video conference July 29 to cocaine possession for the purpose of trafficking. Sentencing has been delayed a number of times. A date will now be set September 16.

The court has heard that in the summer of 2018, Niagara Regional Police, Greater Sudbury Police and the Ontario Provincial Police started a joint investigation into a cocaine trafficking ring that operated across Ontario, including Greater Sudbury.

Dubbed Project Skylark, the investigation included the wiretapping of communications in April and June 2019 of a network of drug trafficking in Nova Scotia and Ontario and concentrated on the Red Devils motorcycle club and the Hells Angels Nomads chapter.

Police identified Khosrowkhani, a full-patch member of the Nomads chapter, as one of three targets.

Wiretapped communications showed Khosrowkhani selling cannabis products ranging in price from $250 to $300 an ounce.

On August 1, 2019, a search warrant executed at Khosrowkhani’s home in Ottawa turned up cocaine, MDMA, cannabis marijuana, cannabis edibles, other cannabis products, and $10,500 in cash.

Five at locations in Greater Sudbury were also raided that day. Police in here seized about $420,000 worth of drugs, including methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and shatter. Five handguns, three long guns, and $50,000 in cash were also seized.

Seven people were arrested and charged in Greater Sudbury as a result of the searches.

SOURCE: The Sudbury Star

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Hells Angels Member Wins Lawsuit https://thelifeofarider.com/hells-angels-member-wins-lawsuit https://thelifeofarider.com/hells-angels-member-wins-lawsuit#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 21:02:55 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1503 Denver, Colorado, USA (September 11, 2020) BTN- Five Colorado police agencies paid $25,000 and issued an apology to a Hells Angels member after an officer two years ago joked that he’d shoot the man to get “paid vacation.” The settlement stems from a federal lawsuit filed in April by Anthony Mills against the city of …

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Denver, Colorado, USA (September 11, 2020) BTN- Five Colorado police agencies paid $25,000 and issued an apology to a Hells Angels member after an officer two years ago joked that he’d shoot the man to get “paid vacation.”

The settlement stems from a federal lawsuit filed in April by Anthony Mills against the city of Greeley, the town of LaSalle and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, as well as individual officers from those jurisdictions and from the Kersey and Garden City police departments.

The suit came in response to an April 8, 2018, incident in which David Miller, a LaSalle police officer, pulled over Anthony Mills for speeding.

Saying he “loved getting to (expletive) with” the motorcycle club, Miller asked the other officers who had responded to make sure their body cameras were off as they shared stories about the violent acts they had committed against members of the group, Mills’ attorney, Sarah Schielke, said in a news release announcing the settlement.

“Officer Miller then announced to the group that if Mr. Mills did anything he didn’t like: ‘I’m shooting him! I need some paid vacation!’ ” Schielke said, citing footage from the officer’s own body camera, which he’d left on.

As part of the settlement, Miller issued an apology to Mills, and has since resigned from the department, Schielke said.

“When police officers openly discuss with one another their disdain for one group of citizens that they are sworn to serve and protect, and make jokes about killing those citizens for ‘paid vacation leave,’ they normalize police misconduct and murder,” Schielke said in a statement. “Cop jokes about some lives not mattering inevitably fosters a culture of police officers who are much more willing to pull the trigger on those same lives later.”

The incident marks at least the third time in recent decades in which Colorado cities have paid money and have been forced to apologize to Hells Angels members.

Denver settled two cases — one in 2003 and another in 2008 — over lawsuits alleging illegal searches and traffic stops against bikers.

In November, federal agents in Denver raided the motorcycle club’s Highland neighborhood headquarters, arresting 14 members on organized crime charges. Those cases are still working their way through the courts.

SOURCE: The Denver Post

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Hells Angels Club President Released https://thelifeofarider.com/hells-angels-club-president-released https://thelifeofarider.com/hells-angels-club-president-released#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:38:02 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1501 Oakland California, USA (September 10, 2020) BTN – A federal magistrate judge signed off on the release of a high-ranking Sonoma Hells Angels member, who is facing charges that he participated in a plot to murder a fellow club member who had fallen out of favor with the club. But the Thursday morning order by …

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Oakland California, USA (September 10, 2020) BTN – A federal magistrate judge signed off on the release of a high-ranking Sonoma Hells Angels member, who is facing charges that he participated in a plot to murder a fellow club member who had fallen out of favor with the club.

But the Thursday morning order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia K. DeMarchi is not the end of the debate; the U.S. Attorney’s office is appealing the release order, meaning that the defendant, Jonathan “Jon Jon” Nelson, will remain at Santa Rita Jail for the time being.

If Nelson’s release is approved, he will be required to adhere to certain conditions; he is forbidden from interacting with other Hells Angels members or going to clubhouses. He will also be forbidden from using a computer or the internet and be limited to a flip phone.

Nelson, named by federal prosecutors as the president of the Hells Angels Sonoma Chapter, was indicted in 2017 as part of a large-scale investigation into the Hells Angels. Eleven club members — most of whom were tied to the Sonoma Club — were charged with racketeering and engaging in serious violent crimes, including murder.

But Nelson’s attorneys have painted him as a “father, son, coach, and small business owner” who is well-respected in the Sonoma area. One of the biggest defense points in favor of releasing Nelson was that he spent several months out of jail after the 2017 indictment.

He was detained in September 2018, when prosecutors filed new charges that made Nelson eligible for the death penalty. When the government decided not to pursue death in this case, Nelson’s attorney have moved for him to be released from jail.

“I believe one important fact in Mr. Nelson’s favor was his previous good performance while released in this case for over nine months on the previous indictment,” said Jai Gohel, one of Nelson’s lawyers. “Also, it is clear that the fact that Mr. Nelson no longer faces the death penalty was enough to tip the balance towards his release.”

Nelson is facing charges that he conspired with several other Hells Angels to murder Joel Silva, a former Hells Angels sergeant-at-arms who prosecutors say had fallen out of favor with his fellow club members. Prosecutors allege that Nelson lured Silva to the Fresno clubhouse, where another member shot him in the head. Silva was illegally cremated at a nearby funeral home, according to prosecutors. Brian Wendt, the president of the Fresno Hells Angels chapter, is alleged to have pulled the trigger.

SOURCE: The Mercury News

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Hells Angels Host Charity Event https://thelifeofarider.com/hells-angels-host-charity-event https://thelifeofarider.com/hells-angels-host-charity-event#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 20:54:21 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1497 Akron, Ohio, USA (September 8, 2020) BTN – An annual lemonade stand that raises money for children battling cancer is coming to a local Hells Angels Motorcycle Club this year. Kiely’s Lemonade Stand helps raise money each year for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Akron with children who are battling cancer. The …

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Akron, Ohio, USA (September 8, 2020) BTN – An annual lemonade stand that raises money for children battling cancer is coming to a local Hells Angels Motorcycle Club this year. Kiely’s Lemonade Stand helps raise money each year for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Akron with children who are battling cancer.

The fundraiser, which usually is held in Streetsboro, will take place this year in Akron. Brandy Taylor said the Akron Hells Angels Motorcycle Club volunteered space this year to host the seventh annual event.

Taylor said the lemonade stand started after her daughter Kiely’s two cousins, Ryland and Jocelyn, were diagnosed with brain cancer. Taylor said the brother and sister were diagnosed in 2011 and 2012, and are now cancer free.

She said the Ronald McDonald House was amazing with helping out the family, which inspired the family to organize the stand each year.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Rather than selling lemonade and cookies for a fixed price, patrons can choose their donation, Taylor said. The club is at 560 N. Howard St. in Akron.

Taylor said they’ll also hold raffles for gift cards and other items donated before the stand opens up. Since the fundraiser started, she said they’ve raised close to $18,000. Taylor said they’ve donated to 17 families so far.

Part of the proceeds also go to making goodie bags each Christmas for children battling cancer. Last year, 50 bags were given to children in the hospital over the holidays.

People interested in learning more can visit facebook.com/KielysLemonadeStand

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Is Now Linked to More Than 250,000 Coronavirus Cases https://thelifeofarider.com/sturgis-motorcycle-rally-is-now-linked-to-more-than-250000-coronavirus-cases https://thelifeofarider.com/sturgis-motorcycle-rally-is-now-linked-to-more-than-250000-coronavirus-cases#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 16:41:02 +0000 https://thelifeofarider.com/?p=1493 The inevitable fallout from last month’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an annual event that packed nearly 500,000 people into a small town in South Dakota, is becoming clear, and the emerging picture is grim. According to a new study, which tracked anonymized cellphone data from the rally, over 250,000 coronavirus cases have now been tied to the 10-day …

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The inevitable fallout from last month’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, an annual event that packed nearly 500,000 people into a small town in South Dakota, is becoming clear, and the emerging picture is grim.

According to a new study, which tracked anonymized cellphone data from the rally, over 250,000 coronavirus cases have now been tied to the 10-day event, one of the largest to be held since the start of the pandemic. It drew motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country, many of whom were seen without face coverings inside crowded bars, restaurants, and other indoor establishments.

The explosion in cases, the study from the Germany-based IZA Institute of Labor Economics finds, is expected to reach $12 billion in public health costs.

“The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally represents a situation where many of the ‘worst-case scenarios’ for super-spreading occurred simultaneously,” the researchers wrote, “the event was prolonged, included individuals packed closely together, involved a large out-of-town population, and had low compliance with recommended infection countermeasures such as the use of masks.”

The conclusion, while staggering, is unlikely to surprise to public health officials who warned that proceeding with the rally could be disastrous, particularly given the region’s relaxed attitude towards social distancing guidelines and some of the attendees’ mockery of the pandemic. “Screw COVID. I went to Sturgis,” read one t-shirt from the rally, where overwhelming support for President Trump was the norm.

The study comes on the heels of the first reported death from the event, a Minnesota man in his 60’s who attended the rally who died last week. South Dakota now has one of the country’s highest rates of coronavirus cases.

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