Hillsborough County is banning employees from participating in certain motorcycle clubs after a firefighter associated with the Outlaws MC was accused of taking part in a bar fight in Key West.
In a memo Friday, County Administrator Mike Merrill outlined a new policy effective immediately barring membership in groups or gangs considered criminal organizations by the state or federal government.
Involvement in these organizations “will not be tolerated as these affiliations are contrary to the mission of public service,” Merrill wrote. “This directive is a reminder of our continuing obligation to represent all the citizens of Hillsborough County.”
The list of banned organizations is guided by the 2015 FBI National Gang Report and it includes the Outlaws, as well as Crips, Bloods, Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and the Pagans.
Interesting. Apparently, the Outlaws are a “club.” I thought they were a “gang.” There is a major difference. It’s one of the things that separates the Outlaws from, say, the Legion Riders. One is a group of guys who didn’t get enough toys to play with as kids and go around hurting and killing people, and one represents and honors our Veterans. So will a distinction be made? Or can we expect to see more of this?