July 24, 2018

R.I. police pull over 100 motorcycle club members, but issue no citations

What happens when police officers from three departments pull over about 100 members of a motorcycle club on an interstate highway? Well, sometimes nothing.

Such was the case Saturday afternoon when Rhode Island State Police, assisted by officers from Hopkinton and Connecticut, pulled over about 100 members of the Pagans motorcycle club on Route 95 shortly after they had crossed into Rhode Island.

Laura Meade Kirk, spokeswoman for the Rhode Island State Police, said the motorcyclists were pulled over about 1:30 p.m. Saturday as part of an “investigatory stop.”

But the stop turned up not a single violation nor culminated in a single arrest, she said, and the bikers continued on their way to a club rally in Fall River.

The stop came on the heels of a major state police investigation into rival biker activity. In May more than 50 people affiliated with various biker clubs were arrested on drugs and weapons charges after state and federal agents staged a series of early morning raids in northern Rhode Island.


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