Police Profiling?-Biker Gang Bangers and a Cop’s Comment…

This article is in response to a comment made on the Facebook Page:

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Video of traffic stop interpreted by the “Motorcycle Profiling Project” as Police Profiling and Harassment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJGg1ZdzULo

I initiated the discussion with the following comment on 07 January 2017:

Rickey Holtsclaw This is obviously a gang-task force oriented group of officers. They have reason to believe this particular biker, a thug 1%er, is somehow affiliated with a biker gang known to be involved in either drugs, money laundering, retaliatory activity…the list goes on.

They are creating or accumulating intelligence data that will be entered into a gang task-force database for future use. Sad thing is, they’re using a “signal violation” (rather weak probable cause) to initiate the stop when I’ll bet you he’s riding illegally LOUD, illegally equipped – which the illegal noise violation would be a much better form of PC – but most police officers are ignorant of the violation and the process of adjudicating same!

Good job officers, I appreciate your hard work, but I suggest enforcing applicable muffler laws on these biker gang members for better PC while protecting the motorcycle NOISE beleaguered citizenry from the intrusive, illegal, dangerous, bully, conduct.

Thank you,

Rick Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired
Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook


Logan Bancroft commented, 09 January 2017: In defense of illegally equipped, illegally LOUD motorcycles operating on our public roadways…
Logan Bancroft I wish that loud noises were the biggest problem in my perfect little life lol. “Ears being assaulted .” I almost cried laughing. Try living next to Bush Intercontinental, or any of the hundreds of railroad crossings. Or hell, even in between both an airport and a train! But I would hate to have you gain an alternate perspective by putting yourself into other peoples shoes. Instead, just keep sticking to your white christian male ways and bitch& moan and call everyone riding a motorcycle other than yourself, a thug.

Response to Logan Bancroft by Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired – Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook 09 January 2017

1) Though “loud noises” are not the “biggest problem” in your “perfect little life,” you selfishly forget about the two-year-old child and her single, working, mom who live in a poorly constructed 2nd floor apartment overlooking a very busy intersection in Anywhere, USA.  You forget that the US EPA has regulated street production motorcycle noise to a “total” noise emissions of 80 dB(A) in 1986 for a very specific reason i.e. the protection of our health and welfare as well as our quality of life – this 80dB(A), after thorough testing and analysis, having been determined as the “minimum” level of protection for exposure by the general public.  You are also probably unaware that at least forty-six of our fifty-States have enacted applicable motor vehicle muffler laws that mirror the protective intent of the Federal Law.

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You forget that, due to decades of law enforcement nonfeasance, some 60% to 80%, at any given time, of the motorcycles on our public roadways have been illegally modified or illegally equipped with a NOT FOR ROAD USE aftermarket exhaust emitting four-to-eight times (logarithmic scale) the legal, “total motorcycle noise emissions” of 80 dB(A) – many of these aftermarket exhausts, under hard acceleration, are audible for a mile or more…

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Now Logan, think about the quality of life of that two-year-old and her fatigued mom who are hammered, numerous times an hour, by unregulated motor vehicle noise from illegally equipped, illegally LOUD motorcycles, auto’s and trucks as they accelerate from the before mentioned intersection…this scenario repeated many millions of times an a hour/daily around the United States.

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Child attempting to protect her  hearing from illegally LOUD motorcycles at the 2016 Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally in Fort Smith, Arkansas (photo by Rick Holtsclaw-C-CALM)

How about the “biggest problem in” this child’s life…interrupted sleep patterns, stifled learning conditions, inability to communicate effectively with her mother and siblings, physiological and psychological ramifications of having been violated by consistent, intrusive, vehicle noise levels that have been clearly identified by our US Congress, US EPA and our medical community as hazardous and injurious with long term effects…and this child’s quality of life destroyed because a selfish, arrogant, irresponsible, “man” opts to modify his motor vehicle to make illegal NOISE?

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2) Logan, did you know that unregulated motor vehicle noise has become the #1 destroyer of good quality of life standards for many millions of American citizens, especially for those living in our congested urban areas – are these citizens not worthy of a good quality of life?  Is the self-imposed “entitlement” of the Loud Biker Cult[ure] of more relevance than the civil protections of these citizens?

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3) As a 31-year retired veteran of the Houston Police Department, I am fully cognizant of the noise associated with Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport and I pity those who are trapped at the approach and departure ends of those runways – but, a significant portion of these “victims” “chose” to move into that area with knowledge of the intrusive, disruptive NOISE – one primary reason for lowered property values/cheaper real estate prices – others, have the option to move away from the focal-stationary point of the Airport NOISE, yet – where does the vehicular NOISE beleaguered citizen move to escape the millions of illegally modified, illegally equipped motor vehicles that audibly assault them on a daily basis?

Where in the Houston area does a family of modest means relocate to enjoy a modicum of peace and domestic tranquility – a housing area that is not inundated by illegal, intrusive, physiologically/psychologically injurious noise that is especially injurious to our children, our elderly and our handicapped?  What gives the Loud Biker Cult[ure] the hubris, the “right” to offend and bully our most innocent?

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4) I spent most of the 80’s assigned to the HPD Motorcycle Squad (Solo Motorcycles) and I have owned/operated some 31-motorcycles since age 12, having accumulated many hundreds-of-thousands-of-miles on motorcycles – I am fully aware of the “biker life” attitude and the Group Dynamic that undergirds the Biker lifestyle and the obsession with hedonism/narcissism and the related motorcycle NOISE.

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5) “Thug?”  You’re insulted because I referred to the gang-banger biker boy 1%er (Chad?) in the video as a thug?  You are obviously unaware of these miscreants criminal affiliations and violent behavior.  That ignorance is your problem, not mine!

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If you have any questions, I invite you to read a sampling of my articles on this subject…

1) The Truth about Loud Motorcycles the Police Won’t or Can’t Tell You:  https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/the-truth-about-loud-motorcycles-the-police-wont-or-cant-tell-you/

2) Motorcycle Noise Enforcement – 101: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/motorcycle-noise-enforcement-101/

3) The EPA and Loud Motorcycles: A Letter and Plea for Intercession: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/loud-motorcycles-the-epa-a-plea-for-intercession/

4) The “Attitude” of the Loud Biker Cult[ure] – The Wall of Shame: https://rickeyholtsclaw.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/loud-biker-mentality-1949-v-21st-century/
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With all sincerity,

Rickey D. Holtsclaw, Houston PD/Retired

Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook

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