No Colors for Reno Street Vibrations 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Members of the Mongols get a reminder from the police about the 'no colors' policy at the Laughlin River Run. After a confrontation between the Vagos and Hells Angels at last year's Reno Street Vibrations, John Ascuaga's Nugget and other downtown Reno casinos are also adopting a 'no colors' policy for this year's event.
After a confrontation between rival motorcycle gangs during Reno’s Street Vibrations resulted in a brawl at John Ascuaga’s Nugget and the shooting of a Hells Angels chapter president, a “no colors” policy will be enforced this year to avoid a repeat of last year’s violence. The Nugget, which is actually located in Sparks, Nevada, has led the charge on the ban and according to a report on KOLOtv.com
, some downtown Reno hotel casinos are following suit. Legally, the wearing of colors can’t be banned outright in downtown Reno, but you can bet anybody that does will attract the attention of local law enforcement.
A state of emergency was declared in Sparks last year after Jeffrey “Jethro” Pettigrew, 51, the president of the San Jose chapter of the Hells Angels, was gunned down at the Nugget. Following the altercation at the Nugget Friday night, a second shooting occurred in Sparks the next morning when a motorcyclist was shot by a person inside a passing vehicle and resulted in the state of emergency declaration.
The same policy was enacted by Laughlin casinos after the River Run Riot on April 27, 2002, when members of the Hells Angels and the Mongols clashed inside Harrah’s, leaving three dead. The incident resulted in a heavy tri-state police force presence in the following years and a strict “no colors” policy. Police overkill as a result of the riot has been mentioned in conversations as one of the reasons the rally has seen declining numbers over the years, though the recession is the primary culprit. We attended the 2011 Laughlin River Run
and enforcement of the “no colors” policy had relaxed because we saw quite a few patch-wearing club members.
The Reno Street Vibrations Fall Rally takes place this week from Sept. 19 -23. Vendors like Performance Machine, J&P Cycles, Vance & Hines and Kuryakyn will be set up at Chrome Alley, an America’s Finest Custom Bike Builder’s Expo will be held at the Silver Legacy’s Silver Baron Room, tattoo expos, stunt show, poker runs, and plenty of live entertainment are on this year’s schedule. A shuttle bus between downtown Reno and Sparks is new this year and aims to curb the tide of drunk drivers who are bouncing between events at both locations.
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