News Item: Police caution public about biker rally
(Category: Biker News)
Posted by MJF
Friday 02 June 2006 - 15:43:52

South Bend Tribune

SOUTH BEND -- Police are cautioning the community about a biker rally this weekend and expressing concerns about public safety.

The ABATE motorcycle club is hosting its annual fundraiser today through Sunday at the Crumstown Conservation Club on Crumstown Highway.

In the past, police have not had any problems during the event, they said, but an earlier confrontation this spring has put them on high alert.

In April, more than 30 police cars from South Bend, St. Joseph County and Mishawaka responded to the St. Joseph County 4-H Fairgrounds to break up a melee between bikers.

Police later said the friction was between two rival motorcycle clubs, the Hells Angels and Outlaws.

Local police on Thursday said information from federal agencies indicate large numbers of the two rival motorcycle clubs will attend this weekend's event.

Discussions about the event between various police agencies including the FBI, U.S. Marshall's Office and Indiana State Police have been in the works for months.

"There has been a long-standing history of violence between those two (groups)," said Assistant Commander Mike Grzegorek with the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit.

St. Joseph County Sheriff Frank Canarecci said police have serious concerns about the past altercation evolving into a much larger-scale issue this weekend.

A police response team has been organized, and police say they will be prepared to respond if such a fight happens.

"Our top priority is public safety," Canarecci said. "We do not want any citizens of St. Joseph County to fall victim."

Police stressed they weren't necessarily advising residents not to attend the event but want to make sure they're aware of the dangers.

Private security at the event will be provided by those sponsoring the rally, police said.

Multiple calls to Crumstown Conservation Club were unanswered Thursday. A call to an ABATE regional director seeking more information was not returned Thursday afternoon.

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