Clackamas County Settles with Bikers
In a stunning turn of events, Clackamas County offered to settle with the two bikers who were denied access to the Clackamas county Fair in the summer of 2014. The club members were awarded a total of $20,000 for their trouble. In the summer of 2014 two riders were denied access to the Clackamas County Fair because they were wearing gear indicating they were a member of a “criminal gang” according to the county. This action taken by County Fair personnel elicited quick action from the Oregon Confederation of Clubs. Bruce Ankarberg met with County Counsel members and discussed the issue with them. It was explained that these individuals were from two different motorcycle clubs and they were not members of a criminal gang. As a result of this meeting, the Clackamas County Board took a second look at their admission policies and determined that since no gang violence had occurred this year, they would not restrict attendance based on attire. (In previous years the county was having trouble with street gangs.) It is interesting how much power just a few dedicated individuals can have. Bruce points out that it doesn’t always take a huge protest to accomplish change. Just a few dedication individuals can accomplish great things. Job well done!
Cash award for Clackamas County, Oregon for denying club members access to the County Fair.