Welcome Motorcyclists. We begin again the migration of bikers to Reno for Street Vibrations. The weather is holding out and thousands of Bikers will enjoy countless events and rides to places like Lake Tahoe, Virginia City, Minden Gardnerville and Carson City. Blacktop destinations for everyone.
That time of year again. The clash of cultures has begun. Of course, this is a year long clash with Burning Man organizers and local governments that will never end for one simple reason. Local governments don't like Burners except for their money. The regular follks though love the variety.
I posted last week regarding the new Sheriff in town and the fact there was gonna be a crackdown at Burning Man. Earlier this week there were several editorials in the RGJ advising the new Sheriff to lighten up. That is not going to happen.
A great start to a great yearly event. Be careful though, there's a new sheriff in town and his name is not Reggie Hammond. "Crack down on crime" is acom'in.
As I have drilled into my students for the past several years, the only real crimes that are increasing are the number of officers being killed and the number of citizens being killed by officers. Why does this happen and how do we train our officers to use the minimal amount of force to effect an arrest?. Certainly our Courts in Tennessee v. Garner and Graham v. Conner have laid out the parameters for the use of force. They are not difficult cases and yet we have today, the Baltimore Six who now face charges ranging from Second degree murder, assault, down to misconduct for the death a a person within their custody.
Welcome once again to all of those Bikers descending upon Reno, Nevada for the week. Thousands of bikers and their significant others will attend a variety of events in Washoe County, NV. We will have poker runs, booths, displays, music and a number of other entertaining events. All of which has a tendency to distract the civilian motorists out there.
Some may say lately that if you want to look up crime in the newspaper just head to the sports page or the newsroom. Its true that certain accusations make for better headlines and what better headline than to see a sports star fall from that lofty pearch down to earth with us. And we will pay to see this.
It's that time again for Burners to begin or complete their journey to the Burning mecca. Burners will temporarily build one of the largest cities in Nevada, USA, and immerse themselves in art from around the world. Others will be there as well. Federal and local state law enforcement agencies will descend on the ever burning campground but not for the art.
The Burn has come and gone for another year. In it's wake, we have the usual arrests, searches and detentions of patrons by the Officers brought from the Western United States to enforce the law.
Well, now that the college is back in session and all seems on track I thought I'd discuss motorcycles and accidents since it is Reno's Street Vibrations time. Personally I've had a Harley Davidson for about 41 years now. That certainly ages me but that's the way it is.