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Ignore teddy bear image, RCMP warn ahead of biker gang awareness campaign

'We're not trying to scare the public here, we're trying to inform'

As the weather turns warmer, a new joint effort by police across Canada is focusing on educating people about the risk biker gangs pose to communities.

The RCMP, in a joint effort with the Canadian Integrated Response to Organized Crime, is co-ordinating a social media effort with the hope of raising the public's awareness of the dangers biker gangs pose.

"In the Bombard investigation, we had murder, drug trafficking, there's other types of violence," said Supt. Deanna Hill, the federal criminal operations officer for RCMP N.L.

"Just a host of other offences. Anything that these groups can do to profit."


We're not trying to scare the public here. We're trying to inform.

- Glenda Power

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Former Hells Angel accused of hit and run was stripped of his patch

Cops were slow to name the hit and run motorcyclist who allegedly ran down a four-year-old boy earlier this week, leaving him in life-threatening condition.

And in a Toronto courtroom on Tuesday, the suspect — a man named Darren Dawson — was allowed to wear his hoodie pulled over his face.

Few courtroom observers had seen anything like it.

Hit and run suspect Darren Dawson hides his face as he exits court on Tuesday, May 28 2019 Kevin Connor / Toronto Sun

Dawson, 31, is the offspring of late Hells Angels stalwart William “Billy” Dawson.

He allegedly followed his father into the 1% world of outlaw bikers but sometime during the last few years, sources told the Toronto Sun, he was stripped of his patch.

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Former Rock Machine member told his life is in danger

The Parole Board of Canada has done an about-face and suddenly cancelled the planned release of a former outlaw motorcycle gang leader after having received information that his life is in danger.

On May 7, the parole board granted Jean-François Emard day parole on the 33-month sentence he received in March 2018 after he was convicted of having possessed a firearm and drugs while he was parading around in the gang colours of the Rock Machine, a biker gang best known to Quebecers for its role in a bloody conflict with the Hells Angels between 1994 and 2002. The gang’s name vanished for years after the conflict ended but Emard and a handful of men revived the gang and even granted interviews to a few journalists in 2014 boasting that the gang was back.

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Canadian Law Enforcement and Public Safety Partners Launch Anti-Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Campaign

OTTAWA, May 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Starting today and continuing over the ride season, police and public safety partners are taking to social media to remind Canadians that outlaw motorcycle gangs remain a criminal threat to our communities.

While the vast majority of motorcycle riders are law-abiding citizens, extensive criminal networks within the outlaw biker community continue to profit from illicit activities like drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting, money laundering, contraband smuggling, extortion, violence and illegal gaming.

Outlaw motorcycle clubs often take part in legitimate charitable events and other public relations efforts to portray themselves as good-natured free spirits. Popular television shows in recent years have unfortunately glamorized the gangster lifestyle and likely helped organized crime groups attract recruits and supporters.

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Cops eye Hells Angels' party

A raid on the their clubhouse earlier this week didn't appear to slow down festivities at an annual Hells Angels BBQ event in Kelowna Saturday.

Dozens of motorcycles were parked outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse in the city's North End Saturday, and riders showed up throughout the afternoon.

Many sported the Hells Angels “death head” logo on their jackets, while others appeared to be affiliated with various support clubs.

Photo: Nicholas Johansen
Motorcycles lined the street outside the Kelowna Hells Angels clubhouse Saturday.

Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, media relations officer with B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, said the gathering was the annual K-Town BBQ Cook Off, hosted by the Kelowna chapter of the Hells Angels for the past eight years.

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Prospect of outlaw motorcycle gang arrested in relation to an assault in Kelowna

A known prospect of an outlaw motorcycle gang with ties to Kelowna was taken into police custody Wednesday afternoon and has now been formally charged with aggravated assault.

At about 9:30 p.m., the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Unit (SEU) supported by the Kelowna combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) and the RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT) executed a search warrant on the Kelowna Hell’s Angel’s clubhouse.

“The warrant was related to an ongoing police investigation into an alleged serious assault carried out on May 6 at an establishment located in the 300-block of Bernard Avenue,” states RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the Kelowna RCMP. “Investigations into crimes that have connections to gangs or organized crime are extremely complex and can take a significant amount of resources. We are fortunate in this province to have a number of integrated and specialized units ready to assist.”

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Hells merchandise barred from Friday 13th

OPP want rally out of downtown Port Dover

Outlaw biker gangs and their merchandise are no longer welcome at Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.

Norfolk council approved a ban on vendor’s permits for motorcycle clubs with a criminal history Tuesday night.

This means Hells Angels are no longer able to sell hats, T-shirts and other items in Port Dover promoting “the Big Red Machine.”

Council acted after an extensive in-camera consultation with senior OPP officials.

Police shared a long list of concerns Tuesday about the evolution of Friday the 13th and its implications for public safety.

A presentation to council ended with Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, asking council to consider moving the rally to private property with a private security detail.

The primary concern is gang rivalries flaring up in the crowded core of Port Dover.

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Police unit kept close tabs on weekend biker convoy

Ontario’s biker enforcement unit kept a watchful eye on a nearly 200-strong motorcycle convoy that drove through downtown London over the weekend.

The bikers, including members of outlaw motorcycle clubs, rumbled through Richmond Row Saturday afternoon.

London police say they didn’t receive any complaints about the large-scale ride, referring all questions to the OPP biker enforcement unit.

The head of the unit confirmed officers were dispatched to locations across the province to monitor “organized rides” over the weekend.

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Red Deer outlaw motorcycle club members arrested

Charges include drug trafficking offences

Members of a Red Deer outlaw motorcycle club have been charged with drug trafficking offences following a lengthy ALERT investigation called Project Rocker.

The two-year investigation by ALERT Red Deer’s organized crime team looked into the suspected drug trafficking activities of the Syndicate outlaw motorcycle club. Syndicate is a support club of the Hells Angels.

Project Rocker wrapped up on April 30 after three suspects were arrested. An estimated $350,000 worth of drugs was seized, along with firearms, motorcycles and cash.

Three Red Deer homes were searched and the following items were seized:

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Former Manitoba Hells Angels president alleges Corrections Canada is trying to interfere with parole chance

Dale Jason Sweeney is serving a 10-year sentence at Stony Mountain for his role in a drug trafficking ring

The former president of the Manitoba Hells Angels is taking the Correctional Service of Canada to court for allegedly infringing on his "right to life, liberty and security of person" when it reclassified his security threat level and moved him from a minimum-security unit to medium.

Dale Jason Sweeney, 48, is currently serving the remainder of a 10-year prison sentence at Stony Mountain Institution for his role in a cocaine trafficking ring. He was arrested in March 2012 as part of a Winnipeg police investigation dubbed Project Flatlined and later pleaded guilty to instructing someone to commit an offence for a criminal organization and possession of property obtained by crime.