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California – Are San Jose Cops illegally Profiling Motorcycle Clubs For ‘Driving While Biker’?

This is an old newspaper article which was written August 16, 2011 by San Jose Mercury News. Prior to the writing of this I had never been to the San Jose Henchmen Clubhouse. I can testify that San Jose Police Department profiles not only the members but anyone who comes to the clubhouse. They sit outside of the clubhouse on the street with their patrol units blacked out stalking waiting for someone to come out and get on their bike and leave so they follow them and pull them over. This is bullying, profiling and harassing of motorcyclist and the club members. I was there one night and witnessed San Jose Police act like “gang members” waiting on and picking on innocent people.

More from the article;

“Big” Ed Aki doesn’t want your sympathy.

Really, the only thing the 54-year-old chip designer and former Marine wants is a night-black Harley Electra Glide full of high octane, a herd of brothers stretching out along a dry highway first thing in the morning — and to be left the hell alone.
Aki is co-founder of the Henchmen, an outlaw San Jose motorcycle club. And he’s in no mood to discuss the irony of his leather-vested, battle-ax-emblazoned posse demanding their civil rights to stop their most pernicious rivals from hounding them.
No, not the Mongols. The San Jose police.”

“They’ve hired a lawyer and filed an official complaint with the city’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor. They contend the police are illegally profiling them for DWB, Driving While Biker, and the city’s code enforcement unit is digging up zoning beefs to run them out of town.
This, from the start, poses a difficult challenge for the Henchmen: Should a biker inked up with skull tattoos who proudly calls himself an outlaw expect the same constitutional protections as you do? “

Are they serious with this damn question, should bikers have or expect to be protected under the constitution, are you F*&King kidding me? leave it to the media to say something as stupid as this. When every freaking group out there is getting special treatment, consideration, protection, rights, etc. All except bikers!

There is something seriously wrong with America, the Justice System and Courts when law Enforcement is allowed to discriminate and violate our rights. Media does not help our cause either as they see us as criminals and low-lifes.

We need to stand and fight, make them hear us and respect us.

Read the full article: Bikers of America

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ACLU Sues U.S. Border Patrol, Alleging Illegal Traffic StopsI

In a federal lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is alleging U.S. Border Patrol agents routinely stop to check the immigration status of Latinos and others without cause

The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington filed a lawsuit Thursday against the U.S. Border Patrol, alleging agents routinely and illegally violate the rights of Latinos and other people of color through unjustifiable traffic stops.

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court seeks an injunction to prevent Border Patrol agents from performing traffic stops until they undergo specific training under the eye of a court-appointed special master.

It also asks the court to require the agency to document all traffic stops, including the specific reason the vehicle was targeted.

The lawsuit names as plaintiffs three Olympic Peninsula men, all U.S. citizens, who allege they have been targeted by the Border Patrol because they appear to be Latino.

Such illegal stops are becoming more frequent, with an influx of Border Patrol agents into Port Angeles as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to beef up security at the northern border, according to the ACLU and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, which has joined in representing the men.

“The Border Patrol’s actions have created a climate of fear and anxiety for many people on the Olympic Peninsula,” said Sarah Dunne, the legal director for the ACLU of Washington. The plaintiffs, she said, are afraid they can be pulled over at any time without cause.

The lawsuit is asking for class-action status, seeking to represent anyone on the Olympic Peninsula who might be subject to a Border Patrol stop.

In a prepared statement, Colin Burgin, the supervisory Border Patrol agent in Blaine, said his agency “strictly prohibits profiling on the basis of race or religion” and that agents follow the Department of Justice guidelines regarding the use of race by federal law enforcement.

The plaintiffs include Jose Sanchez, a Forks resident who works as a correctional officer at the Olympic Correctional Center; Ismael Ramos Contreras, an 18-year-old senior at Forks High School; and Ernest Grimes, an African-American Neah Bay resident who works as a correctional officer and part-time Neah Bay police officer.

Sanchez alleges that he has been approached or stopped three times by Border Patrol agents since the winter of 2008-09. The first time, according to the lawsuit, the agency followed him home but left after he began to record the stop with his cellphone.

In the summer of 2009, Sanchez alleges he and his family were stopped and that Sanchez “was interrogated by two Border Patrol agents regarding his immigration status.”

An agent told him they pulled him over because his windows were tinted too dark but, Sanchez said, they never asked to see his license or registration. Sanchez said he was stopped a third time and again questioned about this status in the fall of 2011.

Contreras, who is student-body president at Forks High School, alleges he was in a car with four others on their way to pick up tuxedos for a quinceañera — a traditional 15th birthday party — when the group was stopped July 22, 2011, in Port Angeles. He claims an agent took the car keys from the driver while four agents questioned Contreras and the others about their immigration status.

Contreras alleges he was questioned again in December outside the Clallam County District Courthouse, where a plainclothes agent approached and asked him where he lived and where he was born.

Grimes alleges that he was stopped Oct. 15, 2011, by a “scared and volatile” Border Patrol agent, who placed his hand on his holstered weapon and yelled at Grimes to roll down the car window.

Grimes, who was wearing his Department of Corrections uniform at the time, said he was asked only about his immigration status.

Friction between residents of the Olympic Peninsula and the Border Patrol has increased with a number of high-profile incidents. After residents complained, the Border Patrol was forced in 2009 to quit setting up random roadblocks to check drivers.

In 2009, the federal government paid $48,000 to an illegal immigrant to settle his lawsuit after he claimed he was assaulted by two Border Patrol agents in Mount Vernon — more than 60 miles from the border — while waiting for his child at a school-bus stop.

That incident, and others, prompted Sen. Maria Cantwell to complain of agents’ “overly aggressive” tactics and the appearance that they were targeting people “based solely on their race, ethnicity or religion.”

Last May, an illegal immigrant fleeing agents drowned in the Sol Duc River, resulting in a public outcry.

Source: Seattle Times

Should Lane Splitting Be Legal?

Here is the “Official” report done by OTS “Office of Traffic Safety” that is must see for all who love this way life of riding your motorcycle and the freedom to split lanes and not be stuck in traffic while our motorcycle over heat. Lane Splitting Survey. You can take the survey that counts for us right here.

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The Best Witness In The World

I have heard numerous stories of motorcycle club members being pulled over and having cops do some pretty shady thing to them while they had them pulled over. And it was all said and done their rights were violated and some were issues tickets for made up infractions. It made me think about what if we have a great witness to this abuse of power? Well, I started looking around and I found a great tool that all clubs should look into. The

Veho Muvi Micro DV Camcorder

Veho muvi Micro DV Camcorder - 2.0 MP - Black

Veho Muvi Mirco DV Camcorder

PRODUCT INFO:

The Muvi unique micro design enables digital video recording in situations where it may not be possible to use standard camcorders. Coupled with the extreme sports mounting kit the muvi will allow the user to capture high quality digital video and sound footage hands free. With its robust thumb sized alloy metal casing you needn’t worry about your Veho Muvi. It features a 2 Megapixel lens and records in AVI format. The Veho Muvi comes with a 2GB Micro SD Card, that’s enough for 2 hours footage, and with a built in rechargeable battery life of 2-3 hours, you’ll never miss a thing. Easily connects to your computer via Micro USB, so you can upload your videos in seconds. It also charges through any USB giving complete portability. The Veho Muvi Micro DV Camcorder is perfect for anyone who wants to capture great quality images whilst on the move. The Muvi DV Cam captures video with a 2 mega pixel image quality, which are then stored in AVI format on the Micro SD Memory card. Powered by the included internal li-ion rechargeable battery the Veho Muvi Digital Video Camera will keep going for up to 3 hours from a full charge, and can be connected to your PC via the included USB cable to both transfer videos and re-charge the battery, or for use as a webcam. The Veho VCC-003 DV Camcorder is ideal for those out and about as the included clip allows it to be attached to various items, whilst it also features voice activated start/stop recording function so it can be used completely hands free when you need them for other things. Accessories available include an extreme sports pack for mounting the camera on items such as helmets for when your mountain biking, skateboarding, skiing etc., your then able to capture the action has it happens.

I picked mine up for $49.00 bucks and click the image to goto the site and buy one. I have had mine for a few days now and let me tell you they are great to have. I am actually looking forward to my next encounter with police on a traffic stop where he wants to get all stupid on me.

I ran some test on mine and found:

> When turning it on hold the little button on top for a few seconds until the light goes from blue to a green flashing light,

> Very important note here; don’t turn off by power switch on the side while recording because it does not save to the memory card,

> I have tried the VOX (voice activation) and it seems to work really while,

> Sounds quality is ok not the best but I was on a bike and it does pickup everything,

> Picture quality is excellent.

Video to follow this post in about a day as I am getting it setup on my helmet and do some test runs testing the camera. So check back in.

Well worth the money.

 

 

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