David Martinez Day 996

David Martinez, a Mongol, was arrested after a middle of the night Swat raid on his home on October 28, 2014. The next day he was charged with shooting a Swat officer named Shaun Diamond in the back of the head. It was a very widely publicized incident. The aftermath has been mostly ignored.

Martinez was in his living room, standing behind his father, when Diamond was shot. Diamond had just battered the home’s front door in and was standing on the front porch. The raid on the Martinez home was one of seven simultaneous search warrant services. The warrants were served by Swat, presumably, because breaking into the home of a Mongol at four in the morning was considered more dangerous than having a couple of detective’s knock on a front door at breakfast time.

The raid epitomized the nutty, “guerilla street theater” nature of the continuing war on outlaw motorcycle clubs and their members. The raid was unnecessarily dramatic.


Mongols Case To Continue

A three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed the dismissal of the Justice Department’s racketeering case against the Mongols Motorcycle Club today. The case will now return to the Orange County, California courtroom of District Judge David O. Carter for trial.

The case is the most recent iteration of the federal government’s $100 million dollar, decade long argument that federal policemen may ban motorcycle clubs and their insignia without violating the United States Constitution. There is significant case law that recognizes motorcycle club insignia to be constitutionally protected expression.

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Four Men Arrested At Fight In Sebastian Bar

SEBASTIAN, Florida – Three men from the Outlaws motorcycle club and another man were arrested Sunday at Earl’s Hideaway after the Sebastian Police Department was called about a fight with injuries.

The fight involved several males who were separated just before law enforcement arrived.

Officers made contact with two of the parties involved, they stated that they were in a physical disturbance with all of the members of the Outlaws.

Two men had facial injuries from the incident that occurred near the west side of the sand bar area of Earl’s.

Police made contact with the gang and requested they leave the bar. Officers escorted Jason Bowman out of the bar, according to the report.

Customers informed police that Bowman had a firearm inside the bar establishment, the report stated.


Deputies surround Salida business park after large fight breaks out at motorcycle club hangout


Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies surrounded a business park along Pirrone Road on Sunday after a fight among a few dozen people broke out at a motorcycle club hangout spot. But authorities did not find anyone who was injured.

Sheriff’s officials received 911 calls reporting two people injured in the large fight, said Sgt. Anthony Bejaran, a sheriff’s spokesman.

He said three San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputies and two California Highway Patrol officers responded to the scene, because of the reported 30 to 40 people involved in the fight. Authorities conducted an extensive search of the area, but did not find anyone with injuries.

Deputies on Sunday afternoon remained at the business park investigating the incident. Several people were detained for their own safety and questioned. Bejaran said no arrests had been made.


Mongols rent out entire hotel for annual Palm Springs retreat

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - A motorcycle gang known for violence and drug trafficking is in town this weekend for their annual retreat.

Hundreds of members of the Mongol motorcycle gang are staying at the Hilton hotel in Downtown Palm Springs. This is the fifth year the Mongols have made a visit to the desert and bring anywhere from 300 to 500 members with them.

And hotel management says they've rented out the entire hotel.

Officials with the Palm Springs Police Department said they will be stepping up patrols with multiple agencies assisting for the weekend. 

KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2's Alex Cheney spoke to a member of the Vagos motorcycle gang as their crew is also in the Coachella Valley this weekend. You can watch the full report on KESQ at 6 p.m. and on CBS Local 2 at 6:30 p.m.


San Marcos police warn downtown businesses of biker gangs

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – The San Marcos Police Department says more motorcycle gangs are making their way into downtown San Marcos.

Brandon Winkenwerder, the San Marcos Police assistant chief, says the department has received calls on two occasions involving large groups of Bandidos visiting downtown bars.

“Parking has always been an issue downtown and when you go and start parking 20 or 30 motorcycles on a sidewalk, it becomes an issue with anyone wanting to move around down there,” said Winkenwerder.

The assistant chief says each time police have been called, the group has moved their motorcycles without causing any problems.


Mongols motorcycle club member wins $1,001 in lawsuit against state agency

Justin DeLoretto is both a Mongols motorcycle club member and a recent recipient of a master’s degree in social work from George Fox University in Newberg.

And he’s now claiming victory in a lawsuit that he filed in March against the Oregon Youth Authority, the state agency that he says fired him from an unpaid internship last summer after police complained about his association with the Mongols, which federal officials regard as an outlaw biker gang.


DeLoretto, 35, has agreed to settle his federal suit against the state’s juvenile corrections agency for a $1,001 payment plus attorney fees. Court records list DeLoretto as the prevailing party in the case.

“While the state may take a different position I think it’s fair to interpret it as validation of the claims made in the case,” DeLoretto’s attorney, Michael D. Myers of Seattle, said in an emailed response to questions about the settlement.


The mild ones: No Marlon Brandos in sight as bikers mob Hollister

HOLLISTER, San Benito County — Ten thousand motorcycle riders are in town this weekend, and the streets could scarcely be more peaceful.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the celebrated Hollister motorcycle rally, the one that inspired the movie “The Wild One.” In that picture, Marlon Brando beat up Lee Marvin in the middle of Main Street, and a bunch of tough guys took over the town while the cops looked the other way.

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“That was all Hollywood stuff,” said Randy Burke, organizer of this year’s Hollister get-together.

Here’s what really happens when bikers take over the town: There are doughnuts to eat, ’60s music to listen to, great deals on helmets with spikes on top of them, and no fewer than three ministries preaching brotherly love to the leather-and-chain crowd.


2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized at San Leandro warehouse

SAN LEANDRO — An estimated 2,000 pounds of illegal fireworks were seized by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies Friday morning in a raid at a building that had been converted into a clubhouse, officials said.

An assault rifle was also found on the premises and one person was arrested.

Sheriff’s deputies and the San Leandro Police SWAT team served a search warrant at the building in the  900 block of Estabrook Circle about 7 a.m.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly said the raid culminated an investigation that began recently on information that fireworks and guns were being sold out of the site.

The fireworks were “commercial high grade” and included primarily aerial rockets that Kelly said were worth “tens of thousands of dollars.”

Kelly said the  building used to house a garage operation but had been converted into a motorcycle club clubhouse that contained a bar, stage and stripper pole.


Vagos Case Court Filing in Las Vegas Reports Bombing Threats

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Vegas say telephoned bomb threats are reasons to deny bail to a defendant in a criminal racketeering case involving 23 accused Vagos motorcycle club leaders, members or associates.

Defense attorney Chris Rasmussen on Thursday dismissed the account by prosecutors as a desperate and unsubstantiated attempt to keep his client, John Seimer (SEE'-mer), in federal custody until trial.

Court filings cited two telephoned threats last Saturday to the FBI and Los Angeles police.

Prosecutors said both referred to the June 16 arrests of Vagos case defendants and named Seimer.

One caller also named two other defendants and said a bomb had been placed to explode on or before Friday.

The FBI and U.S. prosecutors didn't immediately respond to telephone and email messages.