Threat of outlaw motorcycle gangs put local law enforcement on high alert

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Worries over motorcycle gangs in Clay County got a lot of attention from law enforcement this weekend. Deputies made dozens of stops, concerned that rival gangs may cause trouble at a rally near Kearney.

The Clay County Sheriff's office tells 41 Action News they were just trying to be proactive during their operation over the weekend, saying they weren't just targeting people on motorcycles.

"The focus was on outlaw motorcycle gang members potentially showing up," Lt. Will Akin of the Clay Co. Sheriff's Office said. "The potential was there because of the information that was coming in."

Officers focused on a motorcycle rally held on private property in Kearney.

"The good news is the people we were expecting to not show up," Akin said.

The National President of the Defiant Crew MC, Tim Dowers, who also goes by the name "Joker," says it's a small group of bikers to blame.

"Unfortunately, for the law enforcement guys, sometimes it's hard for them to disseminate who is who," Dowers said. "Part of our name in the Defiant Crew was to defy the stigmas that a lot of bikers had about issues that transpired back in the 60s and the 70s."

Issues include drugs, prostitution and other criminal activities --activities not tolerated in their club.

"Our goal in our mission statement is to show the world that you can be a decent person, a biker, a family man and you can be a religious man and be a good person and ride a motorcycle," Dowers said.

The Clay County Sheriff's office tells us there ended up not being any problems at the weekend motorcycle rally.
But that doesn't mean they are going to stop trying to get one step ahead from any outlaw motorcycle gang that might now be targeting the metro.

Worries over motorcycle gangs in Clay County got a lot of attention from law enforcement this weekend. Deputies made dozens of stops concerned that rival gangs may cause trouble at a rally near Kearney.

The Clay County Sheriff's office tells 41 Action News they were just trying to be proactive during their operation over the weekend saying they weren't just targeting people on motorcycles.

"The focus was on outlaw motorcycle gang members potentially showing up," said Lt. Will Akin, Clay Co. Sheriff's Office. "The potential was there because of the information that was coming in."

So officers focused on a motorcycle rally held on private property in Kearney.

"The good news is the people we were expecting to not show up."


    The National President of the "Defiant Crew MC," Tim Dowers, who also goes by the name "Joker" says it's a small group of bikers to blame.

"Unfortunately for the law enforcement guys sometimes it's hard for them to disseminate who is who," said Tim Dowers. "Part of our name in the Defiant Crew was to defy the stigmas that a lot of bikers had about issues that transpired back in the 60s and the 70s."

    Issues that include drugs, prostitution and other criminal activities. Activities not tolerated in their club.

"Our goal in our mission statement is to show the world that you can be a decent person, a biker, a family man and you can be a religious man and be a good person and ride a motorcycle."

    The Clay County Sheriff's office tells us there ended up not being any problems at the weekend motorcycle rally, but that doesn't mean they are going to stop trying to get one step ahead from any outlaw motorcycle gang that might now be targeting the metro.

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