Nevada Casino Harrah's Laughlin - April 27,2002
Hells Angels and The Mongols started a brawl that left dozens in the hospital, six members on both sides sent to prison and sent one biker evading capture for six years. On February 23, 2007 Hells Angels members James Hannigan and Rodney Cox were sentenced to two years in prison. "Cox and Hannigan were captured on videotape confronting Mongols members inside the casino."
Police report states there were 65 knives and nine guns found in and around the casino. Mongol- Anthony Barrera, 43, was stabbed to death
Frederick Donahue was indited afterwards and evaded police for six years until he turned himself in.
Thirty-six others had there charges dropped and several legal suits followed the years to come. Many believe that the members of Hell's Angels did nothing until they were force to protect their fellow members. The case is still unclear as there are just too many secrets still. The code of silence will never be broke so the truth will never come out.
The riot changed the event and you can see it on the ride in every year. Police cars line the sides of the interstate leading in, signs are displayed telling bikers not to wear their colors or any gang related clothing and streets are overrun with heavily armed cops. The days of burning your tires at this event are over, one rider describes. Even in the small towns, outside the main attraction where you can put up your feet and drink a beer is crawling with cop cars.
"They get the message...", a cop explains. "They know we aren't joking around". Even with all the police cars and extra "protection", motorcyclist say there is plenty to do and they wouldn't miss it. Why would they? The event has some of the wildest nightlife and the most beautiful scenery around. The event has changed but most would say for the good. You can bring you mother or grandmother to this event...if she is a biker.