Queensland’s VLAD law ‘pushed bikies away from creating chaos’: Shadow AG

The Queensland Opposition is digging in against changes to anti-gang laws that it says will reduce the state’s crime-fighting powers from the nation’s strongest to the weakest.

The Government plans to scrap the former LNP government’s Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) law, as well as laws preventing bikie gang members meeting in groups of three or more.

Instead, there will be sentencing provisions for “serious organised crime” with a mandatory jail penalty, and consorting laws to prevent people convicted of crimes from meeting.

“There’s certainly lots of strong talk there but anyone reading between the lines knows that these laws are going to be watered down,” shadow attorney-general Ian Walker told.

“We now have the prospect of moving from the strongest anti-gang laws to the weakest.”

The VLAD law had secured only two convictions but Mr Walker said they were a deterrent.

“The fact that the laws have been in effect has pushed the bikies away from creating chaos,” he said.

“These laws have been fair, they’ve been strong and they have had the desired effect of keeping the gangs out of Queensland.

“The Premier keeps saying she wants convictions – you can only get convictions if you have crime. We don’t want convictions, we want no crime.”

The LNP also opposes replacing anti-association provisions with anti-consorting legislation, which would ban gang members gathering if they had a conviction.

“Our anti-association laws are there to make sure that we prevent the association, not deal with it after it happens,” Mr Walker said.

“There has been no proper review of these laws as to whether they’re working or not. There’s simply been a taskforce report on how to get rid of them.”

“The gangs are smarter than the Attorney-General, I’m afraid to say.”

Proposed replacement laws concerning to civil libertarians

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath acknowledged the LNP’s laws deterred gang crime, but said they had to be legally solid and operationally effective.

“The anti-association provision itself has not been tested in the High Court and that is the one that really is the crux of this, the one the Newman government put all the eggs in the basket about,” Ms D’Ath said.

“It is the one area that the taskforce says is most likely to fail in a High Court challenge.

“So it’s constitutionally important that the laws were robust but it’s also important operationally that we can actually get convictions.

“They were a good deterrent and we don’t deny that. But if you’re going to have a big stick, every now and then you have to show that you’re going to use it and it works, and the problem is with these laws we weren’t getting [many] convictions.”

The Government will introduce its laws in August.

The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties welcomed the Government’s decision to repeal VLAD law, but said it had concerns about proposed replacements.

Council vice president Terry O’Gorman said introducing control orders on people convicted of organised crime was the wrong move.

“Control orders in respect of organised crime have no place because what it does is it continues to punish people, once they’ve been punished for the main offence,” he said.

Source : http://www.thestrongestriders.com/queenslands-vlad-law-pushed-bikies-away-creating-chaos-shadow-ag/

MASSIVE EXPLOSION HAS BLOWN THE FRONT OFF THE HELLS ANGELS CLUBHOUSE

Massive explosion has blown the front off the Hells Angels clubhouse at Petersham this morning, damaging surrounding homes and businesses.

Residents say the force of the blast shook them from their beds, with a massive bang around 2am this morning.

The front of the Hells Angels clubhouse on Crystal Street is now rubble. Shattered glass from nearby businesses and homes lies across the street.
The force of the blast even blew the awning off the solicitors building across the road.Two men in a black four-wheel drive were seen fleeing the scene.

The damage to the Hells Angels clubhouse appears contained to the front of the building. A solid brick protects the inside, which remains intact.

 

LEADER OF TEXAS BIKER CLUB THE BANDIDOS IS FOUND GUILTY OF ORDERING THE AMBUSH AND MURDER OF RIVAL GHOST RIDERS MEMBER AT A DIVE BAR

The alleged leader of a motorcycle club has been found guilty of murder and engaging in organized crime, among other charges.

The jury found him not guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Baker was on trial for Brady’s killing, which took place on December 12, 2014 at Fort Worth’s Gator’s Jam Inn.

According to prosecutors, Baker told members of the Bandidos to ambush Brady at the bar, reports the Star-Telegram.

Prosecutors detailed how Baker, accompanied by 30 of his fellow Bandidos went to the Gator’s Jam Inn, fired guns and then dragged Brady outside before killing him in front of his wife, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Two others were injured during the fight.

Bangs added that the Bandidos were ‘in for a fight’ and noted that ‘when you take guns and knives to a fight, people die.’

Prosecutors claimed that Baker had ordered the ambush because of a dispute over the bikers’ territory.

Baker did not testify and his defense team did not call any witnesses during the trial.

Instead, the defense argued that the prosecution’s case lacked evidence — that the only thing the prosecution proved was that Baker was a member of the Bandidos.

‘It’s not a crime to be a member of the Bandidos,’ defense attorney Tim Choy said, while saying that Baker is a family man who worked at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

Choy also said that the evidence presented by the prosecution was inconsistent — including the fact that witnesses from the Gator’s Jam Inn had conflicting accounts of what happened and that none of the guns collected from the Bandidos matched the bullets fired at Brady.

The prosecution stated that the witnesses they had called were paying attention to different things that occurred during the incident and that the defense would be suspicious if they all had the exact same testimony.

The defense also argued that no evidence had been provided that Baker instigated the raid, but prosecutors claimed they proved that Baker was the president of the Bandidos chapter and as such, he ultimately held the power to issue the order.

The prosecution also invoked Texas’ Law of Parties, which states that a person can be held criminally responsible for another’s actions in certain circumstances.

Baker was taken to jail after the verdict was read. He had been out on bail before the trial.

Baker is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday. He faces up to life in prison.

 

Multimillion dollar motorcycle business closes without warning

Just a few days ago the lot was full with cars and motorcycles. Midwest Cycle Center is located off of highway 65 behind Lambert’s.

Now the doors are locked. The voicemailbox is full. The Better Business Bureau says customers need to ‘legal up’.

More than a dozen customers tell Contact KY3 … they have unfinished business with Midwest Cycle Center.

“I paid one thousand dollars down,” said Toni Nehls. Nehls just bought a seventeen thousand dollar Harley.

“I don’t have a title so I can’t get a license for my bike. I have paid for gap insurance. I won’t have that now. The bike has seven thousand miles on it and now we don’t have a warranty,” she said.

Contact KY3 called the city of Ozark and asked about the status of the business license. Contact KY3 was told the business license wasn’t renewed for 2017.

“They’ve been an accredited business with us. They show a three and a half million dollar a year revenue stream. People don’t go from a multimillion revenue stream to shut the door and walk away … that’s weird. That’s very strange. We don’t see that very often at all,” said Jon Anfinson with the Better Business Bureau.

HARLEY ROLLS OUT 120CI SCREAMIN’ EAGLE SE120ST CRATE MOTOR

Ever felt that 96 or 103 or 110 cubic inches just isn’t enough, especially with the new Indian Thunderstroke out there with 111 cubic inches?

Well, Harley-Davidson has the solution. Now, for selected models, you can order up a genuine H-D motor in Screamin’ Eagle trim that displaces 120 cubic inches. The punch delivered by all that displacement is in these numbers: 106 horsepower and 117 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheel.

The new Screamin’ Eagle SE120ST Crate Motor (P/N 19221-15, $5,695, installation labor cost not included) from Harley – Davidson Genuine Motor Parts and Accessories is factory-engineered to pump up street performance and is designed for bolt-in installation in an original equipment-style Harley-Davidson Touring chassis with no required fabrication or engine mount relocation.

The motor comes equipped with a Screamin’ Eagle 58mm Throttle Body that’s 18 percent larger than stock. The crankcase, cylinders and heads are painted black and feature machined aluminum highlights and chrome covers. For best performance, Harley-Davidson recommends combining this engine with a Screamin’ Eagle 58mm High-Flow Air Cleaner (P/N 29400222, $159.95) and a Screamin’ Eagle High Flow Exhaust System (P/N 64800022, $1,299.95).

The SE120ST engine was developed and tested in Milwaykee and is street-legal when used with original equipment mufflers or Screamin’ Eagle Street Performance Exhaust System P/N 64800022. All EFI models require ECM calibration. Engines delivered in the United States include Manufacturers Statement of Origin. Engine includes a one-year warranty. See an authorized Harley-Davidson dealer for details.

The Screamin’ Eagle SE120ST Performance Crate Engine is designed to fit:

• 49-state 2015-later Touring models. Does not fit Twin-Cooled models.
• Certification is pending for California 2015-later Touring models.
• Certification is also pending for all 50 states 2010 – 2014 Touring models.

Screamin’ Eagle SE120ST Spec Sheet:

• 4.060 big-bore cylinders
• 4 5/8-inch stroke SE Pro stroker flywheel and rod assembly
• 10.5:1 high-compression nickel-plated forged pistons with Teflon® coated skirt
• Titanium SST piston rings
• SE-259E high-lift cams
• Perfect Fit push rods
• SE high-performance lifters
• CNC-ported MVA heads with automatic compression release
• SE Pro High-Flow 58mm EFI Throttle Body, high flow injectors and manifold clamps
• Machined lower rocker boxes for valve spring collar clearance
• Factory-machined engine cases
• Unique piston oilers for stroker clearance
• SE inner crankcase full complement cam needle bearings
• SE Lefty high-performance crankcase output bearing and nitride bearing race
• SE Performance spark plugs
• 120ST cam cover and cylinder head medallions

For additional information, visit www.h-d.com.

COPS PULL BIKER OVER FOR DECIBEL TEST AND OVERHEATS THE BIKE IN THE PROCESS!

While most cities and towns actually have noise ordinances and laws restricting how loud vehicles can be, it seems they’re rarely enforced unless a driver is being an outright nuisance or a vehicle is obnoxiously loud and warrants special attention.

Sometimes, however, there are officers or even whole municipalities that keep a tighter reign on the volume levels in within their borders, and it seems this biker happened to find one of those officers.

The policeman pulled out his decibel meter and placed it the required distance from the bike’s pipes

and started it up, taking a reading at idle before moving on to the second part of the test, getting a reading at 2000 RPM. This posed a bit of a problem, as the officer found it impossible to get either of his devices to give him a reading on the bike’s engine speed, leaving him dead in the water as far as completing the test, although he did let the bike run long enough that it began to overheat toward the end.

The officer, clearly miffed that he wasn’t able to carry out the test, had no choice but to let the biker go without a citation, ending this video on a positive note.

 

Video shows man attack motorcyclist in Ohio road rage incident

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio — A helmet camera captured a road rage incident last week in which a man can be seen knocking over a motorcycle and then apparently punching the bike’s owner.

The Dayton Daily News reports the confrontation occurred Friday on an onramp for Interstate 675. The driver of a car and the motorcycle driver pulled over and began arguing.

Police believe the incident was sparked when the car cut off the motorcycle.

Video shows the motorcycle driver approach the car. The car’s driver jumps out, runs to the motorcycle while talking on a cellphone, then kicks it over.

“I’m calling the cops. I’m calling the cops,” the motorcycle rider can be heard saying.

Moments later the car’s driver can be seen walking by the motorcyclist when he appears to suddenly throw a punch. The motorcyclist falls to the ground yelling.

“Dude, what is your problem?” the motorcyclist says. Although he reportedly was injured in the face, he refused treatment at the scene, reports say.

Police tell the Daily News they have identified the car’s driver but the incident remains under investigation and no arrests have been made.

Source : https://www.bikerspost.com/article/1151/video-shows-man-attack-motorcyclist-in-ohio-road-rage-incident

 

Motorcycle Club President Shot Over Biker Vest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – An argument over a motorcycle club vest turned deadly.

UPDATE:
Memphis Police say yesterday afternoon the president of the 901Xtreme Motorcycle Club was attempting to get a club vest back from one of its members, Rashard Fair. The two argued and fought, and when the 33-year-old victim turned his back and began to walk away, Fair shot and killed him.

Fair is charged with voluntary manslaughter and possession of firearm/dangerous felony. He is due in court Tuesday morning.

ORIGINAL INFORMATION:
Memphis police say one man is dead after a shooting Friday afternoon in southeast Memphis.

It happened about 2:15 p.m. in the 4700 block of Misty Moore Lane. Police say officers found one man dead at the scene. They have not said what led to the shooting.

One suspect has been detained.

Source: http://wkrg.com

POLICE STORM HELLS ANGELS CLUBHOUSE WITH ARMOURED VEHICLE

Police in Cologne performed a raid on the clubhouse of the Hells Angels biker gang, using a specially modified armoured vehicle, and uncovered a stash of weapons and money.

At around 9pm on Wednesday evening, police carried out a raid on the clubhouse of the Hells Angels, as part of an investigation into gang violence in Cologne, according to the Rheinische Post.

In the operation, which took place in the Ostheim district of the city, police brought out a specially modified vehicle, called the Patriot 3.

The vehicle broke down the doors to the clubhouse, allowing police to storm into the building.

The armoured car was bought by the police special forces (SEK) from a company in Virginia in the US, which also manufactures military handware. The vehicle is complete with a battering ram and an iron cage, according to the Rheinische Post.

During the raid, police discovered and seized weapons, including knives and a gun, and hundreds of Euros in cash. Around 100 officers were involved in the overnight investigation.

As well as the seized weapons, police also detained 12 members of the gang.

The reason for the raid was a dispute between the Hells Angels and a rival gang, the Bandidos.

The rival gang was celebrating the birthday of their president, Aykut Ö, when 40 Hells Angels tried attacking the celebrations in Cologne’s city centre.

They reportedly tried to get into the nightclub where the celebrations were taking place, but were stopped at the entrance by officers with pepper spray and batons.

Hells Angels claim that the area where the nightclub lies belongs to them. They apparently saw the party, where about 100 people were invited, as a provocation.

 

Biker War EXPLODES With Execution In Florida As ‘Outlaws’ Challenge ‘Kingsmen’ & Other Gangs For Supremacy *VIDEO*

EESBURG — Motorcyclist David “Gutter” Donovan, in town for the Leesburg Bikefest, went to a Circle K gas station to buy cigarettes, but when he walked out, he had a knife to his throat, arrest reports released Wednesday show.

Outlaws Motorcycle Club members forced him to kneel down and shot Donovan several times in the back April 29 after he refused to take off his Kingsmen Motorcycle Club jacket, the report said. Donovan, 41, died two weeks later.

“The ‘Outlaws’ had been challenging several motorcycle clubs throughout Florida to either join their ranks or submit to their authority,” according to a report that sheds light on the shooting.

In what police called a coordinated attack, a group of about 15 Outlaws members spread out “at strategic points” at the Circle K at 3300 W. Main St., about 3 miles from where Bikefest was taking place in downtown Leesburg. Then they told several Kingsmen to strip off their “cut,” meaning their cutoff vests and club insignias, the report says.

Two suspects were arrested last week in a multi-agency operation. Marc “Knott Head” Knotts, 48, and Jesus Alberto Marrero, 35, were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping. Two other suspects, identified as Gregory “Stinky” Umphress, 32, and Miquel Angel Torres, 37, remain at large.

Police also are looking for the shooter, who has not been identified.

“The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when and if they become available,” Leesburg Police Lt. Joe Iozzi said.

Members of the two clubs immediately recognized one another at the Circle K that Saturday night, according to police interviews with Kingsmen. The bikers told police they didn’t feel in danger because they weren’t affiliated with any of the Outlaws’ rivals and went inside Circle K to buy cigarettes.

The Outlaws then gathered briefly in a circle before spreading out “in what appeared to be an orchestrated and deliberate manner to secure the perimeter,” sending a small group after the Kingsmen inside Circle K, according to investigators’ review of surveillance footage.

Police said Outlaws members told Kingsmen members to surrender their insignias, put a knife to Donovan’s throat and directed him to the outside corner of the business below a mounted security camera.

It is a spot that police think was “preselected” by the Outlaws to conceal the incident.

When Donovan refused to take off his jacket, citing club loyalty, Knotts told the Outlaws to “shoot that mother-[expletive],” the report said.

The other Kingsmen ran inside the convenience store and hid behind a shelf, telling the store clerk to call 911, the report said. One member told police he opened the door and shot in the direction of the Outlaws, leaving Knotts with a bullet wound in the shoulder and thigh. Another bullet was prevented from penetrating his lower back because Kevlar was attached to his riding vest.

In a review of the surveillance footage, police said Outlaws appeared to be unhurried while escaping on their motorcycles.

“Some members remained in place in what is perceived as a measure of security of high-ranking members making their escape,” the report said.

Knotts was found lying beside his Harley-Davidson with a .22-caliber pistol, 110 feet from Donovan. He was flown to a hospital and later recovered from his wounds.

Knotts was arrested May 17 outside the Outlaws’ clubhouse in Ocala. A Leesburg detective met with Knotts at the perimeter of the clubhouse, which is fortified with walls and surveillance cameras, Iozzi said.

He asked the detective for “10 minutes to make a phone call, put boots on,” and soon after surrendered himself, Iozzi said.

Kingsmen told police they were aware of an Outlaws decree that all clubs either join them or disband but “wrongly believed that they would be able to escape this movement.”

Transcripts of the 911 calls and the store’s surveillance video cannot be released because the investigation is continuing, police said.

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