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Police officers, some dressed in riot gear, gather in downtown Missoula in July 2000, responding to a crowd gathered during the Hells Angels' visit to Missoula.
Photo by KURT WILSON/Missoulian
In the past two months, they've had drinks in our bars and charmed our waitstaff, pitched business proposals to our merchants and spoken cordially with police.
In short, the Hells Angels have been downright civil.
One might even get the impression that the most feared and revered motorcycle club in the world was planning a company picnic instead of a national gathering of so-called outlaws. And in some ways, one would be right.
Assistant Police Chief Mark Muir said he's had several conversations with a chapter member from Richmond, Calif., who is on the planning committee for the summer rally. Muir has been named incident commander for the probable gathering this summer.
“They have expressed that they want to come here, and they have confirmed that they met with Bruce Doering (owner of the defunct Marshall Mountain ski area) but nothing is locked in yet, neither a date nor a location,” Muir said. “We have had very cordial conversations and plan to welcome them to our community without discriminating, but we will be prepared if things get out of hand. That's our overriding goal: to make sure this community remains safe.”
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