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NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
 
DESPITE PANDEMIC, MOTORCYCLISTS MEASURE SUCCESSES
“Even in the middle of a global pandemic, we’ve succeeded in getting pro-motorcycle legislation passed and advanced our political agenda,” said National Coalition of Motorcyclists’ Legislative Task Force Chairman Frank Ernst to open the LTF Meeting during the recent NCOM Convention in Indianapolis, Oct. 16-18, 2020.
 
In reviewing a legion of legislative victories over the past year, Ernst highlighted the fact that determined and resourceful bikers successfully lobbied to repeal a mandatory helmet law in Missouri and passed anti-profiling in Idaho, all the while dealing with the worldwide spread of Coronavirus and subsequent lockdowns, social distancing, travel restrictions, and related complications.
 
On March 18, Idaho became the fourth state since 2011, behind Washington, Maryland and Louisiana, to pass a law (S.B. 1292) restricting law enforcement from discriminatorily profiling bikers for traffic stops and investigative measures.
 
A few months later, on July 14, the “Show-Me” state showed the biker world how persistence and perseverance pays off by passing H.B. 1963 to repeal their helmet requirement for most adult riders 26 and older, on their fifth attempt since 1999.
 
Additionally, the biker lobby worked with Congress to include several motorcycle-friendly provisions in the massive $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill, H.R.2 “Moving Forward Act,” including further prohibitions against motorcycle-only checkpoints, expanding profiling restrictions based on mode of transportation or style of dress, and furthering riders’ future advisory role with Congress.  While this legislation will need a reboot with the new Congressional Session, bikers also succeeded in getting many key legislators re-elected to make the mission easier to accomplish with the new Senate and House.
 
Riders’ rights activists from across the country went on to present the gathering with their own examples of legal and legislative accomplishments despite the odds and obstacles.  “If we can rise above a deadly plague to effectively promote our issues, imagine what we can accomplish when life gets back to normal,” summed up Ernst to conclude the productive Convention forum.
 
Stay tuned to www.ON-A-BIKE.com for details on next year’s 36th annual NCOM Convention.
 
MOTORCYCLE SALES CONTINUE TO ROLL
The good times keep rolling, as the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) reports a new-model sales increase for the third quarter this year.  Year-to-date sales of new motorcycles and scooters through September increased 10.2% compared to the same period last year.
 
Erik Pritchard, MIC President and CEO, directed a message specifically to the thousands of people who work in powersports across the nation: “Many of us have faced tremendous challenges and genuine hardship,” he said.  “Think back on all the ways you’ve adapted your business to meet this crisis and get through the pandemic.  Think back to how quickly you adapted to online commerce.  Think back on your first home delivery.  Recall all of your hard work.  Recall the relief when the MIC’s government relations team persuaded the federal government to declare dealership employees essential.  Our industry is enjoying the results of those efforts and you should enjoy the moment.”
 
RIDER FATALITIES CONTINUE DECLINE
Preliminary estimates of 2019 highway crash data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in October indicate that motorcyclist deaths continue to decline even as vehicle miles traveled or VMT increases.
 
Motorcyclist fatalities fell 0.5% to 5,014 last year, a third consecutive year of declines in rider road deaths, amid an overall 2% decline in vehicle fatalities in 2019 (from 36,835 in 2018 to 36,096 in 2019).
 
So far for 2020, data indicates a 3.3% decrease in motor vehicle fatalities through the second quarter, though notably total traffic volume decreased by more than 16% in the first half of the year during the Coronavirus pandemic.
 
RIDING OFF-ROAD BIKES ON ROAD
While some jurisdictions across the U.S. are developing new laws to allow the use of off-road vehicles on city streets, police in New Haven, Connecticut have launched a new task force specifically to identify people illegally riding dirt bikes, ATVs, or other “motorized recreational vehicles” on any public property within city limits.  That includes streets, sidewalks, parks, and playgrounds.
 
The new ordinance increases fines for illegal riding to $1,000 for a first offense, $1,500 for a second violation, and $2,000 for a third conviction.  In addition, the new law includes a $100 fine for service stations that sell fuel to anyone who arrives riding an off-road vehicle.
 
MICHIGAN MOTORCYCLISTS PROTEST UNFAIR INSURANCE LAW
As if riding a motorcycle wasn’t enough of a gamble, riders in Michigan now risk having an accident with a driver who chose to cap their own medical benefits at a level less than the amount the injured motorcyclist actually incurs in medical expenses.  ABATE of Michigan members and supporters gathered on the capitol steps in September to protest the state’s new automobile insurance law that limits access to lifetime medical benefits available to motorcyclists to how much coverage the car driver chose to purchase for themselves.
 
Previously, motorcyclists involved in an accident with an at-fault car driver would have their medical bills covered under the state’s no-fault system, known as personal injury protection coverage or PIP.  But motorcyclists no longer have the same coverages under a new law designed to drive down auto insurance rates — routinely ranked among the highest in the nation — by allowing motorists to purchase policies with limited personal injury protection benefits.
 
State Senator Peter Lucido (R-Macomb County) introduced legislation to rectify this dangerous defect in the system by allowing motorcyclists to file a claim against their own insurance policy.
 
TRADE WAR CEASE FIRE
This summer it was announced that proposed tariffs of up to 100% on motorcycles and parts imported from Europe were dropped by the U.S., and when it recently became the EU’s turn to impose extra charges on American products, motorcycles were likewise taken off the list of this ill-conceived ‘tax’ scheme stemming from a dispute over aircraft subsidies.
 
On October 26, the WTO gave the EU a green light to impose tariffs on American products for $4 billion per year, but on Nov 9 the European Commission published their list and motorcycles and related products were not included.
 
These trade sanctions would not only have negatively impacted the motorcycle sales industry, including the aftermarket equipment sector, it could have deeply affected motorcyclists who rely on imported parts for general maintenance.
 
This marked the third time that such irrational trade tariffs have been proposed, and once again it took an international effort of U.S. and European motorcyclists and trade industry to thwart a potentially devastating blow to the industry and marketplace.
 
COVID-19 TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS RETURN TO ENGLAND
With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirming a return to nationwide ‘lockdown’ since November 5th, non-essential travel such as recreational motorcycling is once again on pause in the U.K., and it has also been confirmed that all motorcycle licensing tests and training sessions are likewise suspended for the duration of the lockdown.
 
Motorcyclists can still use a bike for essential journeys, such as going for food and medicine or visiting someone in your support bubble, but you can’t head out for a ride with some mates.
 
The new lockdown has also had a wider effect on motorcycling at large, with the cancelling of all permits for events and activities such as enduros, motocross and trials events.  Any motorcycle related events will also be unable to run.  Just like the first lockdown in Spring, the government has asked all non-essential retailers to close, which includes motorcycle dealerships.
 
However, given the huge rise in people taking to two-wheelers to avoid public transport, the Motorcycle Industry Association (MCIA) petitioned the U.K. government to have motorcycle dealers included on the essential retailers list to help keep them open to the riding public.
 
‘HOME RECYCLING’ OF OLD MOTORCYCLES IN EUROPE MAY END
Europe has rules in place for the collection and destruction of cars that have come to the end of their life, but motorcycles are currently exempt from these rules.  That may change, if it’s up to the European Commission.
 
According to the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations (FEMA), these rules are part of the End-of-life Vehicles Directive aimed at the prevention of waste from vehicles that have come to the end of their life.  The directive also tells EU Member States to set up systems for the collection and de-registration of all end-of life vehicles, and to have all vehicles that have reached the end of their life ‘transferred to authorized treatment facilities’ to be demolished in an environmentally friendly way.
 
“If motorcycles were to be included in the scope of the directive, that could mean the end of so-called home recycling,” says FEMA, explaining that “recycling” of motorcycles and motorcycle parts is an integral part of motorcycle use.  “Home recycling, where you end the bike’s registration and take it apart for reuse of its parts, is a significant part of the motorcycle culture,” according to FEMA, adding that; “Home recycling helps to keep bikes on the road with used spare parts, instead of using new parts that have to be produced from raw materials.”
 
FEMA insists that the private reuse of motorcycle parts is one of the best ways to prevent waste and to prevent the unnecessary use of raw materials.  This way, motorcyclists play their part in the circular economy as well as being environmentally friendly.
 
Luckily motorcycles and other powered two-wheelers are not included in the scope of the current directive, a position that was lobbied for by FEMA when the directive was written and adopted in the late 1990s, but the European Commission now plans to revise the End-of-life Vehicles Directive (2000/53/EC) and wants to explore the need to have powered two-wheelers (motorcycles) included in the scope.
 
“Inclusion of motorcycles in the scope of the directive could also mean a serious threat to historical motorcycles,” said Wim Taal, FEMA’s communications officer.  “These bikes are especially dependent upon available and affordable original spare parts to keep them in working order.  And who wants to see oldtimers disappear into state approved demolishing facilities?”
 
PHILLIPINE RIDER GROUP FILES CASE VS. “DOBLE PLAKA”
Motorcycle rider group, Riders of the Philippines (ROTP), has filed for a Petition for Certiorari and Prohibition against Republic Act 11235 (Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act / Doble Plaka) in hopes of receiving a favorable ruling from the court and possibly the issuance of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and/or writ of preliminary injunction.
 
Better known to the motorcycle community as the Doble Plaka Law, the Act imposes fines of up to PhP100,000 ($206 USD) and imprisonment of up to 6 years for those who are found in violation of its provisions governing the ownership and identification of motorcycles: including displaying large front and rear license plates and harsh penalties for failure to report the sale of a motorcycle or failure to transfer ownership of the motorcycle within 5 calendar days, including holidays and weekends.
 
CHINESE HARLEY-DAVIDSON
Harley-Davidson’s “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” plan for the future called for opening the brand to the developing consumer market in Asia, but a newly released photo from China’s Zhejiang Qianjiang Motorcycle Co., Ltd. via the Chinese Patent Office reveals a 350cc entry level parallel-twin developed in partnership.
 
When Harley originally announced the Chinese collaboration last year, the development of the QJ350 was a result of a diversification plan to bring the company customers in new markets and segments by radically departing from the air-cooled, V-twin cruiser norm, and isn’t intended for riders in the West.
 
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.” 
~ Erich Fromm (1900-1980), psychoanalyst and author
 
 
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Outlaws Motorcycle Club To Host Benefit Ride For Ronald McDonald House

Friday, July 27, 2007

Outlaws Motorcycle Club will host its third annual “Cruise” to benefit Chattanooga’s Ronald McDonald House Charities on Saturday, Aug. 4 at 1 p.m.

More than 100 bikers will depart from Ronald McDonald House’s parking lot on 200 Central Avenue and spend the afternoon cruising 80 miles as part of the fundraiser.

Participants pay $10 per person or $15 per couple to cruise from Chattanooga to Dunlap and then return back to town ending their ride at Club Phoenix on Highway 58. All proceeds from the benefit ride will help support families with seriously ill children who are guests at Ronald McDonald House Charities each year.

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Baltimore Police Sergeant Ethan Newberg established a “pattern and practice of harassment and intimidation.”

For years, Baltimore Police Sergeant Ethan Newberg racked up overtime hours by destroying innocent lives, a thug of a cop who made up the law as he went along, punishing citizens who dared question his tactics or record his arrests.

He was the highest-paid officer on the force when he ran after a man who had criticized him for making another man sit on the wet sidewalk last May. Lee Dotson was walking away when Newberg sprinted up to him and grabbed him, prompting Dotson to pull away from him.

Another cop tackled Dotson to make the unlawful arrest. Newberg then shoved the Dotson’s face into the street while the other cop drove his knee into his back.

“Take your charge like a man,” Newberg responded when Dotson demanded to know what crime he had committed.

Now it’s time for Newberg to take his charge like a man – 32 counts to be exact – charges ranging from assault, false arrest and official misconduct charges. Enough to send him to prison for more than 100 years where he would join about a dozen other Baltimore cops who have been sentenced to prison in recent years. A street gang evolving into a prison gang.

Cop who Spent Years Robbing Citizens and Planting Guns Sobs during Sentencing

Newberg, 49, was indicted after investigators reviewed 12-months of footage from his own body camera and determined he had established a “pattern and practice of harassment and intimidation.” Many of those crimes were committed while milking the taxpayers on overtime, making $260,000 in the 2019 fiscal year, more than any other city employee including the police commissioner and mayor.

 

Now he is the 20th Baltimore police officer to have either been suspended, sentenced or arrested this year for crimes committed in the line of duty. Judging by his arrogance in the video, Newberg believed he was invincible. Untouchable. After 24 years on the force, nobody was going to tell him what to do.

Towards the end of the video, he accuses a fellow cop of interfering when the cop suggests Newberg “calm down” and “relax” in the moments following Dotson’s arrest.

“Don’t ever interfere …” Newberg began to say, his natural response to anybody who criticizes him. Except he quickly realizes he would not be able to arrest the cop for interfering as he did to Dotson.

“Just leave my scene. Go. Go. Don’t you ever tell me how to do my job,” Newberg tells the cop while shoving him away, oblivious to the fact his two-decade career was about to come to a crashing end.

Newberg was arrested and charged with assault, false arrest and official misconduct about a week later after Police Commissioner Michael Harrison got wind of the video. Harrison had been at the helm only three months, an outside hire from New Orleans.

Charges of interfering were also dismissed against Dotson as investigators began looking at all Newberg’s body cam footage for the 12 months preceding his arrest which was when they determined he had established a pattern of abuse although it was already well-established on the streets and among his peers that he was the bad cop, a role he played with pride.

“I’m the sergeant they talk about,” he would tell the people he harassed.

His behavior went unchecked until the arrival of the new police commissioner.

According to the Baltimore Sun:

Newberg had alleged that Dotson was “interfering” with his arrest of another man, but his body-camera footage, later released by the police department, showed a different story. In it, Newberg can be seen running at and grabbing Dotson as Dotson was calmly walking away from the scene while criticizing officers’ decision to place the other man being arrested on wet pavement.

“From what I saw, the man did nothing to provoke Sgt. Newberg, whose actions were not just wrong but deeply disturbing,” Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said in announcing that case against Newberg, alongside Mosby.

Harrison called the incident an example of the “horrible culture” within the police department, and said Newberg was “tarnishing the badge that we all wear.”

The police union denounced Harrison for what it called a rush to judgment in the June case. On Thursday, Sgt. Michael Mancuso, president of the local police union, could not be reached for comment.

​Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby then opened a wider investigation, according to Fox Baltimore.

The video prompted the State’s Attorney’s office to analyze other body worn camera footage. Marilyn Mosby said , “Following Sgt Newberg’s previous indictment my Public Trust and Police Integrity Unit along with the Evidence Review Unit began an investigation into Sgt Newberg’s conduct spanning the time between July 1, 2018 and May 30, 2019.”

On Thursday a Grand Jury indicted Newberg on 32 counts of assault including false imprisonment. The indictment says most of the incidents happened to citizens who were watching and posing no threat as the sergeant conducted other police business.

Mosby told reporters, “What might otherwise might appear to be isolated incidents….turned out to be numerous examples of a consistent pattern and practice of knowing, intentional and unlawful harassment, intimidation, detention, assault, domination and coercive and illegal tactics that were employed against law abiding citizens of Baltimore City with the intent to instill fear…as is alleged in the indictment.”

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby detailed nine incidents, including the detaining of a Fed Ex driver, a resident who inquired about what was happening outside of his home, an onlooker who witnessed a traffic stop from a stoop and woman who was taken into custody for “not minding her business”.

Earlier this month, Mosby announced she has a list containing the names of more than 300 cops from the Baltimore Police Department who has integrity or credibility issues.

 

Read Newberg’s charging documents here. Watch the video below that led to his downfall.

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Florida cop convicted of forcing teens to run naked to avoid arrest

A Florida cop has been found guilty of forcing a young woman and a young man to run naked to avoid arrest.

Former Miccosukee Officer Michael Martinez, 30, of Hialeah, Fla., shed tears after the jury verdict in Fort Lauderdale Thursday, according to reports.

“I took my pants off. I took my shirt off,” Remy Riley told the jury Wednesday, Fox 7 Miami reported. “I kind of looked at him like, ‘Is this enough?’ He’s like, ‘That’s it?’”

The jury also heard Riley say that after she took off her underwear and bra, Martinez was “kind of like, ‘Move your hands away from your body so I can see,’” according to the station.

Martinez faces around six years in prison after being found guilty of extortion and unlawful compensation, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

Martinez was accused of threatening to arrest Riley and Kyle Shoulta, 18, on drug and alcohol possession charges after stopping them for running a stop sign on Alligator Alley near the Miccosukee Reservation three years ago.

Prosecutors said the officer then offered Riley and Shoulta a deal—run naked and avoid jail, Fox 7 reported.

“I was given a choice of go to jail or run, so I took the choice to run naked,” Shoulta testified, according to the station.

Martinez was fired a year after the incident. He was arrested last year, the station reported.

A prosecution spokesman told the Sun-Sentinel Martinez also solicited Riley for a sex act.

A lawyer for Martinez did not return the paper’s calls seeking comment.

Martinez chose not to testify in his own defense, according to reports.

Daytona Police Watching “Biker Gangs”

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Police watching motorcycle gangs in Daytona for Bike Week

Updated Mar 14, 2018 at 7:42 PM

DAYTONA BEACH — More motorcycle gangs are in town for Bike Week but the Volusia County sheriff said police will come down on them “like white on rice” if they break the law.

Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he has seen an increase in motorcycle gangs coming to Bike Week in Daytona Beach. To prevent gang violence, the Sheriff’s Office has taken a proactive approach and shifted the focus of its motorcycle theft task force that operated during the event for years. The team now monitors local, national and international motorcycle gangs.

“I would say that it seemed when I first got here in 2006, it was high, and then we hit a period where there was a lull, there was a period where we knocked their club house out of Daytona Beach,” Chitwood said.

In August 2007, Daytona Beach police and FBI raided and busted up the Outlaws motorcycle gang’s clubhouse on Beach Street. The Outlaws gang tried making a comeback but Daytona Beach police and code enforcement has made it difficult for them to set up house in other locations in the city.

“But now from what I see it looks like we are starting to see a proliferation of that. We are starting to see other motorcycle gangs come in, Hells Angels, the Mongols, there is a Puerto Rican motorcycle gang we are seeing coming in here, so in my opinion I think we are starting to see it come back on the rise.”

The FBI has the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and Mongols listed as two of the largest Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in the United States. The others are the Pagans, Vagos, Sons of Silence, Outlaws and Bandidos.

Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri has seen the increase, too.

“Daytona is a national run for most motorcycle clubs during Bike Week,” Capri said. “Meaning that most motorcycle clubs require their members to be here.”

Daytona Beach police detectives have met with several of the gangs and laid down the rules of the city to them, Capri said.

“Our number one goal is public safety,” Capri said. “We’ve met with them and told them they can have their fun but we’ve let them know that if they cause problems, we’ll be on them. They’ve been receptive to our rules.”

Volusia County sheriff’s Capt. Brian Henderson said the motorcycle theft task force had long worked to recover motorcycles stolen from other parts of the country assembled from parts, which were found at Daytona’s Bike Week event. Recovering motorcycles is still done but the group’s concern now is preventing gang violence.

“We have a concentrated group of people that are out there for Bike Week monitoring the criminal street gangs and doing covert operations,” Henderson said.

The Sheriff’s Office team keeping a close eye on motorcycle gangs has studied the criminal history of the gangs in other parts of the United States, which includes fighting over territory, said Lt. Kurt Schoeps, who heads up domestic security for the Sheriff’s Office.

Several violent incidents involving motorcycle gangs in Florida makes it a priority for law enforcement to watch them, Chitwood said.

In April 2017 an Outlaws motorcycle gang member was stabbed to death at the Crooks Den on Orange

Avenue in Daytona Beach. Police are still looking for the killer. The next month a member of the Kingsmen Motorcycle Club was shot to death in Leesburg by Outlaws members over gang colors.

Then, in December 2017 the president of the Cross Bayou chapter of the Outlaws was shot and killed as he sat in his vehicle at a traffic light by members of the 69ers Puerto Rican motorcycle gang in Pasco County.

And in Seminole County, a bomb placed on a 69ers car exploded without injuring the gang member, but he was shot and killed anyway, Chitwood said.

“This is not just a Florida issue, it’s a nationwide issue to where we have one club fighting with another club over jurisdiction,” Schoeps said. “And like the sheriff said, we want to make sure that doesn’t come here to Volusia County. But they (gangs) are in Volusia County this Bike Week.”

Nationally, there have also been violent encounters of rival gang members like the incident in Waco, Texas, in May 2015. Authorities said an argument in a bathroom and a parking space at a restaurant ended with nine people dead and a parking lot littered with shell casings, puddles of blood, bulletriddled cars and abandoned motorcycles.

The incident involved the Bandidos motorcycle gang, according to the Department of Justice.

Schoeps said motorcycle gangs partake in criminal activity, including drug trafficking, from which criminal street gangs make their money.

“Motorcycle gangs are domestic terrorists,” Chitwood said.

The sheriff said when the leadership of gangs such as the Oultaws, Hells Angels and the Mongols, go to federal prison, it’s for racketeering, child porn, human trafficking, murder and other violent crimes.

“So that’s what these motorcycle gangs represent,” Chitwood said. “So it’s important for us to know what’s coming into our county to do everything humanly possible to prevent any type of violence from occurring.”

There is no law that says its illegal to be a gang member but authorities will not stand for anyone breaking the law, Schoeps said.

“They know they are being looked at,” Schoeps said. “They know that they are being followed by law enforcement.”

The motorcycle gangs in Daytona Beach wear their colors, some as a symbol of pride or intimidation, Schoeps said.

“When they are out wearing their colors, they are doing their ride but they know we are watching them,” Schoeps said.

Chitwood said part of ensuring safety the cooperation of bar owners to not allow colors in their businesses. Most motorcycle gang violence is know to happen over colors, the sheriff said.

Ultimately, the Sheriff’s Office partners with federal, state and municipal authorities to try to do the best job to abate any violence, Chitwood said.

“When you look around the nation at these biker rallies and you see the shootouts that occur, we can’t have a shootout on Main Street. We can’t have a shootout at Destination Daytona, that’s not going to happen,” Chitwood said. “And if it happens, you know, we are going to come down like white on rice on top of them.”