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Two of them were members of the club's Italian chapters. The Hells Angels arrested were charged with drugs and weapons trafficking, and extortion.
One suspect also attempted to use a firearm against police officers as he was being arrested. In August a Hells Angels member, Gerry Tobin, was shot dead on the M40 motorway by members of a rival motorcycle gang, the Outlaws.
Tobin was returning home to London, where he worked as a Harley service manager, from the Bulldog Bash. Police recovered various weapons including Knuckledusters , hammers and a meat cleaver.
Seven Outlaw members and five Hells Angels faced trial as a result. The Grateful Dead were also scheduled to perform but canceled at the last minute owing to the ensuing circumstances at the venue.
Crowd management proved to be difficult, resulting in both spectator injury and death. Over the course of the day, the Hells Angels became increasingly agitated as the crowd turned more aggressive.
At a later murder trial of Hells Angel Alan Passaro , a security guard testified he heard the Hells Angels being summoned over the loudspeakers when the helicopter bearing The Rolling Stones landed.
Debate after the event was over whether or not the Hells Angels were to manage security for the entire concert or just for The Rolling Stones.
Sam Cutler , the Stones' agent who had arranged to pay the Hells Angels said their role was as bodyguards to the Rolling Stones.
This was denied by the Hells Angels as well as others connected to the event. During the opening act of Santana, the Hells Angels surged into the crowd numerous times to keep persons off stage.
By the time The Rolling Stones took stage, numerous incidents of violence had occurred both between the Hells Angels and internally within the crowd, not the least of which featured a circus performer weighing over pounds stripping naked and running amok amid the concertgoers.
Audience members attempted to detain him. Eventually, the irate man was subdued after Angels intervened with fists and makeshift weapons, while a crowd of 4,—5, looked on from the edge of the stage.
The aggression did not subside there. After an Angel's motorcycle was toppled, club members' tempers continued to escalate, their ire spread wide between the audience and performers alike.
At one point, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane was knocked unconscious following an altercation with an Angel, an event later depicted in Gimme Shelter.
The Grateful Dead refused to play following the Balin incident, and left the venue. A shoving match erupted near the stage during a rendition of the song " Under My Thumb ".
A Hells Angel member, Alan Passaro , was later acquitted of murder on grounds of self-defense. After the concert and critical media attention given to the HAMC, Sonny Barger went on a local California radio station to justify the actions of the Hells Angels and to present their side of the story.
He claimed that violence only started once the crowd began vandalizing the Hells Angels' motorcycles. Barger would later claim that Meredith fired a shot which struck a Hells Angels member with what he described as "just a flesh wound.
In , after a two year exhaustive cold-case renewal of the file, the Alameda County District Attorney's office permanently closed the case. An enhanced and slowed down version of the original film footage was produced for the police, and after examining it Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt.
Scott Dudek said Passaro, who died in , was the only person to stab Hunter and he did so only after Hunter pointed a handgun at the stage where the Stones were performing.
Alan Passaro is the only person who stabbed Meredith Hunter, Dudek said, adding that Passaro's lawyer confirmed his client was the sole assailant.
In addition, enhanced and slowed-down footage from the film shows Hunter brandishing the handgun just before Passaro stabs him. Members of the Hells Angels and the Mongols motorcycle clubs fought each other on the casino floor.
Cox and Hannigan were captured on videotape confronting Mongols members inside the casino. A Hells Angel member can be clearly seen on the casino security videotape performing a front kick on a Mongol biker member, causing the ensuing melee.
However, prior to this altercation, several incidents of harassment and provocation were noted in the Clark County, Nevada Grand Jury hearings as having been perpetrated upon The Hells Angels.
Members of the Mongols accosted a vendor's table selling Hells Angels trademarked items, had surrounded a Hells Angel and demanded he remove club clothing.
In addition, nine witnesses claimed the fight began when a Mongol kicked a member of the Hells Angels. Regardless of which minor physical incident can be said to have "caused the melee", it is clear that The Hells Angels had come to confront the Mongols concerning their actions.
Attorneys for the Hells Angels claimed that the Hells Angels were defending themselves from an attack initiated by the Mongols.
Charges were dismissed against 36 other Hells Angels originally named in the indictment. The resulting investigation by the NYPD has been criticized by the group for its intensity.
The police were refused access to the Hells Angels clubhouse and responded by closing off the area, setting up sniper positions, and sending in an armored personnel carrier.
The group claims to have no connection with the beating of Shalaby. A club lawyer said they intended to sue the city of New York for false arrest and possible civil rights violations.
On February 27, David Hartlaub was murdered in his van at a bank parking lot close by the Musicland record store that he managed.
He was dropping off the nightly deposit. The combination of drunk bikers walking around with clubs and frenzied fans turned out to be a pathway to disaster.
A couple of fights broke out and four people from the audience died. One was fatally stabbed by one of the Hells Angels. It is speculated that they even attacked Mick Jagger, but this fact was never proven.
Later on however they did try to put out a hit on Jagger for his negative comments about them after the festival disaster. Obviously nothing came of it though.
This "cleanup" effort led to what's known as the Lennoxville Purge in Quebec, where the Angels set up a meeting with the Laval Chapter of the club — patched-in, full members of the Hells Angels — and murdered them in cold blood because they were hurting this effort to portray the Hells Angels as professional criminals who could be relied on to watch the bottom line.
The ambush was considered shocking by some of the Hells Angels, and rival motorcycle gang the Rock Machine was formed in part as a reaction to what was seen as a betrayal of the outlaw code the Hells Angels had introduced to the world.
The Hells Angels have a lengthy and arduous membership process that can take years to go from being a "hang-around" to a prospect to a full-patch member, and they reportedly reject anyone who has applied for a job in law enforcement or corrections.
So it's not too surprising that their membership has never been huge. The Department of Justice estimates that there are at most 2, full members of the club worldwide, although that doesn't include the people working through the membership process or those who are trusted associates but not formally members.
What should be worrying the club is their declining membership. For example, MyNorthwest reported that by , the Washington Chapter of the Hells Angels only had eight full members and perhaps a dozen prospects statewide, and CBC News reported in that the Nova Scotia Angels only had nine active members — one of whom was in jail.
Theories on the decline center on the lack of appeal to young military veterans, traditionally the main source of new members for the Hells Angels, and their persistently violent and criminal reputation, which can dissuade folks who might find the idea of an "outlaw" life appealing but have no interest in joining up with an organized crime outfit.
While it's pretty obvious that the Hells Angels are still plenty violent and dangerous, over the years, they've become more and more of an outlaw corporation than an outlaw gang.
With membership declining and law enforcement constantly working to curtail their illegal activities, the club has turned to a pretty mainstream revenue channel to stay afloat in the modern era: trademark enforcement.
As intellectual property company Novagraaf notes, the Hells Angels shrewdly established the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation HAMC and assigned ownership of all its trademarks to the company, which has been pretty active in defending those lucrative trademarks.
This helps protect the mystique of the Hells Angels patches and insignia, of course — but it also keeps control over the sale of other trademarked material in the club's hands.
According to Novagraaf, "As a result of its approach to trademark infringement, the club is building up a reputation for its ability to use and stay within the law.
The crowd had also become antagonistic and unpredictable, attacking each other, the Angels, and the performers. A Mick Jagger biographer, Anthony Scaduto , in Mick Jagger: Everybody's Lucifer , wrote that the only time the crowd seemed to calm down to any degree was during a set by the country-rocking Flying Burrito Brothers.
By the time the Rolling Stones took the stage in the early evening, the mood had taken a decidedly ugly turn as numerous fights had erupted between Angels and crowd members and within the crowd itself.
Denise Jewkes, lead singer of the local San Francisco rock band the Ace of Cups , six months pregnant, was hit in the head by an empty beer can thrown from the crowd and suffered a skull fracture.
The Stones later paid all of Jewkes' ambulance and medical services. The Angels proceeded to arm themselves with sawed-off pool cues and motorcycle chains to drive the crowd further back from the stage.
After the crowd perhaps accidentally toppled one of the Angels' motorcycles, the Angels became even more aggressive, including toward the performers.
Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane jumped off the stage to try to sort out the problem, only to be punched in the head and knocked unconscious by an Angel during the band's set.
When Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner sarcastically thanked the Angels for knocking the singer out, Angel Bill Fritsch took hold of a microphone and argued with him about it.
The Rolling Stones waited until sundown to perform. Stanley Booth stated that part of the reason for the delay was that Bill Wyman had missed the helicopter ride to the venue.
Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger , who had already been punched in the head by a concertgoer within seconds of emerging from his helicopter,   was visibly intimidated by the unruly situation and urged everyone to, "Just be cool down in the front there, don't push around.
After a lengthy pause and another appeal for calm, the band restarted the song and continued their set with less incident until the start of " Under My Thumb ".
Some of the Hells Angels got into a scuffle with Meredith Hunter , age 18, when he attempted to get onstage with other fans. After a minute's pause, Hunter returned to the stage [ citation needed ] where, according to Gimme Shelter producer Porter Bibb , Hunter's girlfriend Patty Bredehoft found him and tearfully begged him to calm down and move further back in the crowd with her; but he was reportedly enraged, irrational and "so high he could barely walk".
There was no doubt in my mind that he intended to do terrible harm to Mick or somebody in the Rolling Stones, or somebody on that stage.
Following his initial scuffle with the Angels as he tried to climb onstage, [ citation needed ] Hunter as seen in concert footage wearing a bright lime-green suit returned to the front of the crowd and drew a long-barreled.
Hells Angel Alan Passaro, seeing Hunter drawing the revolver, drew a knife from his belt and charged Hunter from the side, parrying Hunter's pistol with his left hand and stabbing him twice with his right hand, killing him.
The footage was shot by Eric Saarinen , who was on stage taking pictures of the crowd, and Baird Bryant , who climbed atop a bus. This was discovered more than a week later when raw footage was screened in the New York offices of the Maysles Brothers.
In the film sequence, lasting about two seconds, a two-meter six foot opening in the crowd appears, leaving Bredehoft in the center. Hunter enters the opening from the left.
His hand rises toward the stage, and the silhouette of a revolver is clearly seen against Bredehoft's light-colored dress. Passaro is seen entering from the right and delivering two stabs with his knife as he parries Hunter's revolver and pushes him off-screen; the opening then closes around Bredehoft.
Passaro was reported to have stabbed Hunter five times in the upper back, although only two stabs are visible in the footage.
Witnesses also reported Hunter was stomped on by several Hells Angels while he was on the ground. Hunter's autopsy confirmed he was high on methamphetamine when he died.
The Rolling Stones were aware of the skirmish, but not the stabbing "You couldn't see anything, it was just another scuffle", Jagger tells David Maysles during film editing.
But it soon became apparent they could see something of what had happened because the band stopped playing mid-song and Jagger was heard calling into his microphone, "We've really got someone hurt here After a few minutes the band began playing again and eventually completed their set.
Jagger told Maysles they all agreed that if they abandoned the show at that point, the crowd would have become even more unruly, perhaps degenerating into a full-scale riot.
In , the Alameda County Sheriff's Office initiated a two-year investigation into the possibility of a second Hells Angel having taken part in the stabbing.
However, it was not well known to the general public until , when Thomas C. Then Hunter S. Thompson befriended many members, but the club ultimately turned against him and beat him.
A Hells Angels member was charged with murder in connection with the stabbing death of Meredith Hunter, an year-old male concertgoer, but was later acquitted.
Images of violence at the concert appeared in Gimme Shelter , a widely distributed documentary by Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin.
Meredith Curly Hunter, Jr. Source: google. Meredith Hunter was an year-old African American man who attended the festival.
In the excitement of the moment, he attempted to approach the stage while the Rolling Stones were performing.
As he got close to the stage, Hunter was met with violence by members of the Hells Angels. After being forced to leave the stage area, Hunter, who was discovered at the autopsy to have methamphetamine in his system, became enraged and returned to meet the Hell's Angels with a.
Hunter brandished the weapon in an angry effort to avenge his treatment by the Hells Angels. In the process of confronting his attackers, he was stabbed multiple times and beaten to death, reportedly by a gang member named Alan Passaro.
The entire incident was captured by a documentary filmmaker and can be seen in the Rolling Stones movie Gimme Shelter , which ultimately led to murder charges being filed against Passaro.
Alan Passaro's mugshot. Source: mirror.