Biker gangs are ‘the best way to stay safe and prevent crime’
On this day in 1884, the Bikers took to the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to protest the passing of the city’s new anti-gang laws.
The new legislation was designed to crack down on gangs and increase public safety by requiring the formation of “biker-only” motorcycle clubs.
But the crackdown didn’t go as planned.
As the Biker’s Journal reported, in 1885, Pittsburgh’s police chief, William “Sam” Folsom, was caught in the middle of a mob attack that killed one officer and left many others wounded.
Folsom was arrested and charged with first-degree murder, but a jury found him not guilty.
He spent three years in jail before being pardoned by the state legislature.
The Bikers, who had just emerged from the prison in 1879, quickly took to street racing and became the citys largest street gang.
Folosom and his cohorts would go on to lead the city of Pittsburgh through the Great Migration of the 20th century, when thousands of immigrants from Latin America flooded into the city, where the bikers were once again a fixture.
Today, the city boasts a thriving biker scene and the city has a proud history of being the birthplace of American motorcycle racing.