Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hells Angels and Christians rub shoulders in Cochrane, Alberta

A group of bikers, including the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, rode through Cochrane last weekend with a heavy police presence following.

Approximately 100 riders from motorcycle clubs throughout Alberta, including Rock Riders Brotherhood (a Maritime heritage club), Family Jammin' MC Badlands, Veterans Canada MC Calgary, Unforgiven MC, Los Desperados MC, Calgary Chinook Riders (Christian community group), Apostles Motorcycle Society, and the Hells Angels MC stopped in Cochrane for ice cream Saturday.
The heavy police presence included RCMP from Cochrane, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Calgary Police Services – with some from the Special Tactical Operations Unit/Team.

“Every year Hells Angels does a ride somewhere in Alberta and in preparation we wanted to ensure public safety. Anytime there is a large group that comes to town, there is an increased police presence and given the club’s criminal history we want to show law enforcement presence,” said Cochrane Sgt. Jeff Campbell. While the Hells Angels MC has officially been listed as a criminal organization in Manitoba, Alberta has not yet given the club any formal designation.
While eating ice cream on Saturday one Hells Angels MC member jokingly asked if some called the cops on him because he just “murdered his chocolate dipped cone.”