Police Chief Mike Chitwood, known throughout his career as a Dirty Harry wannabe, and his Deputy Chief Steve Beres decided Bike Week 2011 was the perfect time to escalate their ongoing vendetta against the Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Deputy Chief Beres contacted the property owner of the building rented to the Outlaws Club members for Bike Week. Beres threatened to take retaliatory actions against the businessman’s other properties if he didn’t get the Outlaws out of his building. Beres claimed the location was a problem because it wasn’t zoned as a place to sleep or hold parties. They threatened to search for code violations on the warehouse owner’s other properties if he didn’t get the Outlaws out immediately! The Club members, most of whom had traveled great distances to meet and relax with old friends, were forced to leave the grounds.

Did Chief Chitwood and Deputy Chief Beres take this action because Outlaws members were causing trouble or violating the law? The answer is NO. All it accomplished was harassing a targeted group of people, and denying individuals their constitutional rights. It also got Chief Chitwood and Deputy Chief Beres’ free
publicity, which Chitwood is well known for throughout his 40 year career.

Deputy Chief Beres’ stated his reason for this action: “There has been no problems from the Outlaws for the past 10 years but,… ”If we can keep a step ahead of something happening, we’re going to do it. We’re not going to stop, sit by and just wait for something to happen.”

With thousands of out-of-town visitors in Daytona for Bike Week, it appears that Deputy Chief Beres was more interested in this “fanciful supposition” than serious police work. Chitwood and Beres made no attempt to apply these bogus zoning and code restriction measures to any other group during the festivities. This was, however, the fourth time Chitwood had tried these tactics with the Outlaws.


Worst of all, these so-called police officers violated the law themselves. Every law enforcement member of the U.S. is required to swear an oath to uphold the laws and protect the Constitutional Rights of American citizens. The police actions taken against the Outlaws members in this case are clearly an arrogant abuse of power and a deliberate disregard for this country’s laws.

According to what Chief Chitwood and Deputy Chief Beres admitted in their interviews, they violated the rights of today’s club members because of acts committed by others decades ago. Punishing people who have done nothing wrong because of someone else’s behavior thirty years ago is ridiculous, fundamentally wrong, and a violation of law.

Constitutional Rights do not hinge on the color of your skin, the clothing you wear, if you ride a motorcycle, or even if you belong to a 1%er motorcycle club. The Constitution specifically guarantees that everyone will be treated equally under the law.

Motorcycle club members from every club have to realize that abuses of power such as these are steadily increasing. There can be no doubt our freedom and way of life are under attack. It’s time to fight back. The only way we can do that is in the federal court. We must act to force out-of-control cops like these to follow the law. Below is the weapon that will stop ego-tripping cops who step over the line, abuse their power and disrespect the U.S. Constitution like Chitwood and Beres.

The law states that; “A person states a claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 if he alleges that the defendant deprived him of a constitutional right while acting “under color” of state law.”

Specifically, § 1983 provides that: “Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of

Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress—–.”

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  • Daytona have been doing this sort of thing for as long as I can remember. I lived in Daytona off and on for years and from 86 to 91 and had been to every bike week since the 60s…..they have tried every tactic that they could think of…now they form motorcycle clubs and instigate fights and kill 1%er club members and nothing is done to them. That’s all I will say on that subject.

  • Renegade Cops are all they are, they use there power to institute they’re will, they have no regard for any of our rights whatsoever.

  • Well said..very true statements concerning Chitwood and his buffoon squad.

  • Thanx, RoadBlock….LE has an agenda and now has a “MC” to try to accomplish their actions…Maybe bike week will go smooth this year so brothers can visit and party like old friends again….Thanx for exposing things the media ignores…..

    • Have’t been to bike week in Daytona since 1999 for this reason, I told them to FO after receiving a citation for ape hangers being too high,(although they had been on the bike for 5 years, and I live in Florida), then added another one for not having a current address on my licence, (I moved the month before). The preceding year, I had a buddy get his for no mirror on a show custom. Told them then it was my last year!
      Too many other rides where they’re happy you’re there spending money to f**k with you!
      I fly colors now, and Daytona, and their NO COLORS policy can go screw themselves

  • I agree Roadblock. I’ve seen the way the LEOs operate during bike week, especially as a 1%er. Been stopped more than once in their rolling roadblocks. Financially is the only way to show the city and vendors their cops are outta control. As far as IOMC, they are pushing the envelope, and when it Does blow up in their collective faces… RICO comes to mind. LL&R Doodah

  • The laws are for everyone, ELSE… Their “thin blue line” has been violating constitutional rights for a long time now, and only getting worse. Last year, they were issuing $500 “impeding traffic flow” tickets to pedestrians crossing the road from the clubhouse to the parking lot… there’s racketeering for ya…

  • I am very familiar with the 1983 suit and how it works. I, personally, would file as an injured individual and not in a class action manner. When you have 50 people filing 50 separate suits – as opposed to one group filing one suit – the federal courts tend to look at it with a bit more interest. So does the city and the attorneys for the defendants (which would be the city and each individual cop) since it ties up city finances and attorney involvement times 50. It would eventually roll into a class action, BUT, in the beginning it would be a hell of a thorn that would make the city question its policies and actions.

    Patch holders should also sue on 1st and 14th Amendment grounds since colors are outlawed. If the Shriners can fly their patches, it is only reasonable that any other patch should be allowed also.

    Disclaimer: I am not an attorney, nor do I play one on television. Nothing I posted here is ‘legal advice’, only my opinions on what I would consider doing in this situation based on the limited knowledge I have.

  • Thank you Roadblock, for all you are doing to protect our rights as US citizens. You are truly an inspiration to all of us in the Patched community. Keep up the good work. We will stand with you. God bless you and your family

  • Well spoken truth, Roadblock!

  • I’m from daytona and this has been true since I was a little girl, I have alot of friends in the club and have watched rogue cop’s try and run them out of town. I use to love going to bike week but I haven’t been since 2006 and stopped going to any in tn where I live now cause the yuppies and cops harass me cause I don’t look like them I still believe in the dirty biker not the HD biker….LL&R to the B&W

  • Roadblock speaks the truth and I concur on all fronts. Litigation is part of the answer and education the other. A fighter that thinks wins over an angry fighter. Respects, SYLO…….Billy the Kid

  • Thanks for sharing this so interesting post! I want to be thankful for the way you have put it here. I am really happy I have this information. Thanks!

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