Reader: Cops and Outlaw Bikers Have a Lot in Common

Our report about the brawl at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo over the weekend left one person dead and a number of others injured.

Members of two motorcycle clubs, the Mongols and the Iron Order, took part, with one person identified as a Colorado Department of Corrections employee.

Other reports suggested that one club included off-duty police officers — information that jibed with a report that branded the outfits outlaw motorcycle gangs and noted outreach bids aimed at law enforcers and former military types.

However, one reader argues that such efforts are unnecessary given the natural, albeit sometimes unacknowledged, kinship between cops and MCs.

Clint Jahn writes:

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One comment on the FBI report claiming OMGs are actively recruiting military and law enforcement. They do not need to recruit, those individuals come to the clubs freely, attracted by what they represent as well as an opportunity to become part of a brotherhood with men similar to themselves. Most bikers are former military. They also tend to be very patriotic. It has always been like that, ever since the 1940s. Outlaw bikers and cops generally do not mix well, and most 1%er clubs will not accept anyone who has ever worn a badge out of principal, but the truth is they have a lot more in common with each other than with the general public. Even in that book by Billy Queen, the ATF agent who infiltrated the Mongols, he admitted he felt more in common with them than with his supervisors and had mixed feelings about continuing the investigation. They are outside mainstream society because they prefer the company of other bikers. Normal people are annoying.

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