Biker Gangs with Badges – Thug or Public Servant?

THUGS WITH BADGES…

“Law-enforcement motorcycle club slipping into outlaw status”

By Sadie Gurman, ASSOCIATED PRESS, FEBRUARY 02, 2016

http://www.bostonglobe.com/…/6MznxyzaYzLzO8omxX…/story.html…

Excerpt:
‘‘It’s almost like they are playing dress-up on the weekend and acting out what their perception of an outlaw gang is,’’ said David Devereaux, a spokesman for the National Council of Clubs, which represents hundreds of motorcycle groups. ‘‘They create aggressive situations with other motorcycle clubs in opposition to the culture.’
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Comment by Rick Holtsclaw:
Well, as a 31 year veteran of the Houston Police Department, I can personally testify that the concept of “motorcycle thugs with badges” is not a recent phenomenon. A relatively recent article I’ve written on this subject: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/…/loud-motorcycle-th…/

CODE OF ETHICS

AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice.

I WILL keep my private life unsullied as an example to all, and will conduct myself in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or to my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department. Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I WILL never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I RECOGNIZE the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.

I KNOW that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.

I WILL constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession…LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
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