In the world of Outlaw Motorcycle Groups (OMG’s), as police refer to clubs such as the Hell’s Angels, the actions on I-405 two days ago which led to a serious crash of a state trooper’s car were typical.
These groups can often be seen (and heard) riding together at high speed on one of our local highways or interstates, and it is the unfortunate lone cop that must decide what to do about it.
To be fair, I have yet to identify the group involved in Tuesday’s incident. Such bikers–who don’t get the outlaw tag undeservedly–don’t plan on slowing down for police. Instead, they deploy their recruits, also known as prospects, to deflect the police by either stopping and taking a ticket, or by a dangerously reckless maneuver similar to the one which caused Trooper Salyer’s crash.
They toyed with the cop, knowing he would swerve to avoid a deadly collision (deadly for the bikers, not him), and they intentionally put him in a ditch in a crushed car.
What has most people bewildered is the fact that they returned to taunt the injured trooper, when in fact these idiots were simply displaying to the group that they were bad enough dudes to join the gang. Literally.
OMG’s have been glorified on television; their leather riding gear has been copied by celebrities and mainstream riders alike; their motorcycle of choice, Harley Davidson, has been put on a pedestal as the coolest ride.
Outlaw Motorcycle Groups are gangs, pure and simple. They commit crime to advance their cause and make money. They hate the police and they don’t play by the rules.
Don’t be fooled by the leather and the cool bikes.
I recently learned that the bikers involved in the chase, crash and reprehensible taunting of the state trooper were riding sport bikes, rather than Harley-type motorcycles. I’m man enough to admit that I jumped to a conclusion on this issue.
While it turns out that the typical 1%’er outlaw rider (so-called because they claim to be worse than 99% of the population) was not involved, that does not change any of the opinion stated above. This information was based on personal experience, training and traumatic incidents involving other officers. Despite the fact that the Hell’s Angels do “Toys for Tots”, they also have been documented as an organized crime syndicate for drug and sex trafficking. The OMG’s simply have better public relation than the Hilltop Crips.
Most people, including myself, have nothing against the growing population of law-abiding motorcyclists.