Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: El Dorado AR
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Courthouse News Service
(CN) - Police cannot frisk motorcyclists for weapons even if they are wearing gang insignia and speeding through rival territory, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled.
On the morning of June 4, 2011, David Abel was sporting a Hells Angels vest while he and another motorcyclist were doing 80 mph on a 55 mph stretch of the I-95 in Delaware, a known territory of the rival gang Pagans Motorcycle Club.
Federal and state law enforcement classify the Hells Angels, the Pagans and two other groups as outlaw motorcycle gangs in the United States, calling the clubs a conduit for criminal activity.
State Trooper John Andrew Lloyd pulled Abel over to the left shoulder of the highway, and another officer stopped Abel's companion on the other side.
As recorded by Lloyd's patrol car camera, "Abel remained calm and his hands remained primarily in view on the handlebars of the motorcycle," the Superior Court found in 2011.
The footage shows that when Lloyd asked Abel where he was headed, he replied, "We're going out on a run today."
Abel maintained a "jovial" disposition as he continued to rebuff Lloyd's questions, the court found.
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That phrase right there makes me want to punch a bunny in the face. WE ARE NOT GANGS
I wanna see a comercial with a small monkey jump out of a guys saddle bag and smack the cop for pulling him over for something dumb. Or for City Breed who should find different bars to hag in, have the monkey jump out and rip the prospect to pieces. I wonder if the comercial showed in San Fransisco if a saddle bag gerbel jumps out... never mind