[21 September 2015] A faithful citizen of the Loud Motorcycles Suck Community commented on a subsequent article and asked a very relevant question:
“Are the cops and the bikers allied? The bikers aggression was reminiscent of Hitler’s paramilitary S.A. who went after the leftists and others they deemed to be party enemies.”
As a 31.5 year veteran of the Houston Police Department, I think this question deserves more than a one-line response; therefore, if you will permit me to elaborate on this most controversial, shameful and embarrassing subject matter.
Unfortunately Don, far too many of America’s law enforcement officers do advocate and participate in the Loud Motorcycle Cult[ure] and I watched this travesty take place before my very eyes during my 31.5 years with the Houston PD. Even Houston’s own Solo Motorcycle Division has members who ride incredibly loud motorcycles on-duty and there is a faction of HPD Officers who ride incredibly LOUD police motorcycles as off-duty extra-job escort vehicles.
A motorcycle officer pulled me to the side one day and told me that he appreciated my stance on the LOUD motorcycle problem and that some officers ride so LOUD that they activate car alarms when riding down city streets…the officer told me “They think it’s funny.”
I received a phone call from the wife of an HPD motorcycle officer who expressed her concerns for her husband’s safety who was required to ride in formation with officers operating illegally LOUD police motorcycles. The LOUD, illegally equipped police motorcycles were so LOUD that her husband could not hear his on-board police radio. An obvious safety concern. Though I articulated my concerns to Mayor Parker and Police Chief McClelland, has anything been done to rectify the unacceptable situation? Not to my knowledge.
While assigned to the Westside Command Station, patrol officers routinely rode their illegally equipped, extremely LOUD motorcycles to work – some in full uniform, parked them by the front and back doors where supervision passes many times a day. Anything said or done to rectify the situation? Absolutely nothing.
A patrol supervisor at the Westside Station routinely drove an incredibly LOUD racing Corvette to early morning roll call. Anything done to rectify the illegal situation? Absolutely nothing!
Houston has two LOUD biker gangs whose members are made up of area law enforcement and fire fighters: The Reguladores and the Los Carnales – La Familia MC; LOUD Thugs with badges assaulting the very citizens they swore to protect and serve! Anything done to rectify this unacceptable situation? Absolutely nothing!
Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook
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