Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Police Raid Hell's Angels Clubhouse -Part 3

Above : Ron Kuby , attorney for the Hell's Angels , and several Angels gave a Tuesday afternoon press conference at the clubhouse on 3rd street. Mr. Kuby stated emphatically that though one Angel , Richard West , had been held over night at the 9th precinct , as of the time of the conference , no one has been charged with any crime related to the beating of a woman found unconscious near the entrance of the Angel's clubhouse . It is assumed here that NYPD requested the search warrant for the clubhouse because of suspected involvement of one or more of the Angels in the injuring of Roberta Shalaby who was found unconscious and bloody near the front door of the clubhouse around midnight Sunday night . Kuby also claimed that because of the lack of criminal charges against any Angel that the warrant at least in its larger scope was thus unjustified and that the City of New York will be held responsible for a un-warranted search and , among other things , unlawful arrest and federal civil rights abuses. Mr. Kuby made it clear that he would take the city to federal court over this NYPD raid of the Angel's clubhouse.

Mr. Kuby also mentioned that the NYPD had not , at the time of the press conference , provided him with an inventory of the items siezed from the clubhouse including the several surveilance tapes from the many cameras that the Angels maintain to view activities outside their clubhouse and up and down their block on 3rd street .

Finally , though Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club president Brandon Manning's Daily News headline claim that "we don't beat up broads " denies any possibility that any Angel would ever harm a woman , it is true that several news sources have reported that witnesses claim to have seen someone from the clubhouse beat up Ms. Shalaby . Additionally one source reported that NYPD is investigating the possibility that Ms. Shalaby was not beaten but instead was struck in the head by the opening of the door . Just what the truth is in this case at this time is certainly not clear .

Above : Ron Kuby and New York chapter of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club president Brandon Manning speak of the Angel's innocence and of police abuse at the news conference .
Above : The front door that was removed by police Monday night . This door's hinges were welded to the steel door frame and had to be cut free with a power metal cutting saw .
Above :Member of NYPD crime scene unit uses short wavelength light souce to illuminate and locate evidence samples in the front doorway of the clubhouse. Again here , as was noted in part 2 of this post , why this kind of technique at this location at the end of the search of the building when during this half day long search of this building so many NYPD and FDNY personnel have worked in and passed through this portal and entranceway having certainly affected , altered or added to whatever evidence was present .
Above : Replacement door in place with lock in process of being installed.

Story will come a little later today or early tomorrow . Please refer to the 2 previous post for more pictures .

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