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Jury Gets Case Against Man Charged With Pomona SWAT Officer's Killing

Pomona Officer Shaun Diamond was shot as he entered a home to serve a warrant as part of an outlaw motorcycle gang investigation.

A prosecutor told jurors there is overwhelming evidence against a man charged with murdering a Pomona SWAT officer helping to serve a search warrant in San Gabriel, while the man's attorney urged the panel to acquit his client in what he said was a case of self-defense.

The six-man, six-woman jury was handed the case against David Martinez after about six weeks of testimony, including the 41-year-old defendant's account that he fired a "warning shot" from his shotgun because he feared members of a motorcycle club to which he belonged were trying to break into the home he shared with his parents, common-law wife, two young children and his adult sister, who has Down syndrome, during the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2014.

Thu
20
Jun
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Lift the curtain of secrecy surrounding Mongols motorcycle club and you discover the outlaw way, and much more

Bikers battle to keep their distinctive logo, dig deep to pay $500,000 fine

(photo gallery) --- When the feds last month slapped the Mongols — one of this nation’s most feared motorcycle clubs — with a half-million-dollar fine, it appeared to be just a tap on the wrist for these self-proclaimed outlaws.

After all, the Mongols could do what many bankers, lawyers and investors do when they get in trouble — create a legal smokescreen, declare bankruptcy, close down, launch another business.

But hiding in fear and trashing what you built isn’t the Mongol way.

Even after the hefty levy at federal court in Santa Ana, the Mongol motto remains, “Bigger, better, stronger!”

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Jun
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Defendant in shooting death of Pomona SWAT officer testifies he fired a warning shot, thought Mongols were breaking in

LOS ANGELES — A man charged with killing a Pomona SWAT officer testified Wednesday that he fired a “warning shot” because he feared members of a motorcycle club to which he belonged were trying to break into his family’s home in San Gabriel and he did not know that police were at the front door.

Testifying in his own defense, David Martinez said, “I would never fire at police or law enforcement ever. I have family that’s (in) law enforcement.”

Fri
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May
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Mongols motorcycle club ordered to pay $500,000 fine in racketeering case

Legal battle centers on the governments first-of-its kind effort to get control of the outlaw organizations prized patch.

A federal judge on Friday ordered the notorious Mongols motorcycle club to pay a $500,000 fine as part of a first-of-its-kind court case centered on the government’s unsuccessful efforts so far to seize control of the prized patches that adorn the vests worn by members of the outlaw organization.

The fine, as well as an order by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter that the Mongols’ organization be placed on five years of supervised probation, brings to a close the latest chapter in a decade-plus court battle between federal prosecutors and the motorcycle club.

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May
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Trial Begins for Alleged Gang Member Accused of Murdering Pomona SWAT Officer

A reputed Mongols motorcycle gang member who shot and killed a Pomona SWAT officer was warned loudly and repeatedly that police were at the door, a prosecutor told jurors Monday, while a defense attorney countered that his client was convinced Mongols members had come to get him and fired to protect his family.

During their opening statements, both sides agreed that David Martinez, now 41, fired a bullet from a 12-gauge shotgun at 45-year-old Officer Shaun Diamond, who was part of a team of officers serving a warrant in the early morning hours of Oct. 28, 2014, at a San Gabriel home at 138 N. San Marino Ave. where Martinez lived with his parents, common-law wife, their 10-year-old son and baby, and his adult sister, who has Down syndrome.

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Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle gang's El Paso president arrested by police

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - The president of an El Paso motorcycle club alleged attacked a rival gang member earlier this month and was arrested on Monday, El Paso Police said.

Charles Anderson, 46, is the El Paso chapter president of the Mongols Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. He was arrested at about 4:45 a.m. on April 29 in the 8300 block of Mt. Latona in Northeast El Paso, a news release from the El Paso Police Department said.

Police said he is facing engaging in organized criminal activity/assault in connection with the assault on David Griego, a 48-year-old former rival gang member, on April 5 at the Busted Knuckle Garage, 4300 block of Hondo Pass.

Anderson was arrested by the SWAT team and Gang Unit on a warrant Monday morning. He was booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on a $25,000 bond.

Thu
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Feb
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Mongols motorcycle club gets to keep prized patches, as federal judge rules against U.S. government’s first-of-its-kind effort

Members say loss of their patch would have been a death sentence for the outlaw motorcycle club.

SANTA ANA – A federal judge has rejected the U.S. government’s unprecedented efforts to gain control of the prized patches that adorn the vests worn by the notorious Mongols motorcycle club, ruling that prosecutors attempts to seize control of the outlaw organization’s trademarks are unconstitutional.

Motorcycle club members rally Saturday, March 29, 2014 at The House Lounge in Maywood.(Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz/Pasadena Star-News)

The written ruling, released Thursday morning by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, marks a setback for federal prosecutors who two months ago persuaded a Santa Ana jury to find the Southern California-based club guilty of racketeering.

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Feb
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Motorcyclist shot, wounded by possible Mongols Motorcycle Club member on WB 10 Fwy in El Monte

(video) --- EL MONTE, Calif. (KABC) --

Authorities investigated a shooting that left a person wounded on the westbound 10 Freeway in El Monte Saturday, and the suspect may be a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

Just after 1 p.m., California Highway Patrol said a person was shot on the freeway. Authorities said two motorcyclists riding a red Honda CBR 1000 and Triumph Daytona 675 were traveling on the 10 Freeway, east of Interstate 605 in the No. 2 lane.

The two riders then found themselves surrounded by a group of outlaw motorcycle gang members, allegedly they were part of the Mongols Motorcycle Club.

Fri
01
Feb
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Mongols Motorcycle Club vows to fight trademark loss

(video) --- EAST LOS ANGELES (KABC) --

The federal government said they're a convicted criminal gang, and Hell's Angels consider them enemies. They call themselves the Mongols Motorcycle Club - and they're one of the most notorious MC groups in the world.

"It's about honor, respect and pride," David Santillan said.

But for this East L.A.-born brotherhood, the last few years have been a fight for survival. They've been under federal indictment for the last decade. And recently, a federal jury in Santa Ana convicted the national club of racketeering, racketeering conspiracy for murder, attempted murder and drug dealing.

More than 75 of their members were convicted - including their former president Ruben "Doc" Cavazos. But the biggest blow of all - hit them where it hurts the most, they lost the rights to their trademarked emblem.

Wed
16
Jan
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Federal judge to allow experts to weigh in on whether the government can seize Mongols motorcycle club’s trademark

The first-of-its-kind effort to take control of the outlaw motorcycle club's prized patches would break new legal ground

A federal judge presiding over the high-profile Mongols motorcycle club trial has agreed to put out a wide-ranging call for expert legal input on the implications of the government’s unprecedented efforts to gain control of the well-known insignia worn by club members.

Less than a week after a Santa Ana jury decided the notorious outlaw club must forfeit the trademark to its logo, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter on Wednesday agreed to solicit briefs from a variety of experts, including trademark attorneys, law school professors, civil rights organizations and think tanks.

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