The Iron Order Motorcycle Club has been involved in a laundry list of confrontations around the country with other motorcycle clubs that have resulted in violence or death. The Iron Order intentionally provokes conflicts with traditional motorcycle clubs hiding behind the cloak of LEO members and connections with law enforcement. Because of this connection, Iron Order members have not been held accountable for any of the violence or killings that they have been involved in.
One of the most blatant examples involves the murder of Zachariah Tipton on the evening of June 26, 2014 in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. This story disappeared from the mainstream when Florida State Attorney Angela Corey refused to charge Iron Order prospect Kristopher Stone after he shot and killed Black Pistons patch holder Zachariah Tipton in Jacksonville Beach. Corey outrageously ruled the killing was justifiable homicide even though the Iron Order member shot the unarmed Black Pistons motorcycle club member in the right temple while only a few feet apart. The Summary of Facts in the State Attorney’s Review concluding the killing was justifiable is fraught with inaccuracies and blatant misrepresentations. Video evidence is even manipulated to validate these fraudulent claims.
Although the chance of Zachariah receiving justice posthumously is small, the truth deserves to be heard in hopes that the next person murdered by the Iron Order will not go unpunished. This is the first part in a Motorcycle Profiling Project series analyzing the glaring discrepancies between the State Attorney’s review and uncut video footage. Zachariah Tipton was murdered by a prospect of the Iron Order.
Unraveling the State Attorney’s discriminatory and biased review should make it obvious to anyone with their eyes open that this was an unjustified homicide at the hands of the law enforcement friendly Iron Order.
The Short Story
According to the State Attorney’s review, on June 26, 2014, at Nippers Beach Grill located in Jacksonville Beach, an altercation between two members of the Black Pistons Motorcycle Club (Zachariah Tipton and an unidentified member) and Iron Order prospective member Kristopher Stone. During the altercation, Stone shot and killed Tipton.
The State Attorney Frames The Black Pistons As Heartless Gangsters Based On A Fabricated Lie.
The State Attorney contends that Black Piston members fled the scene after Zachariah was shot and no Black Pistons attempted to render aid. The State Attorney’s review, page 2:
“The video depicts members of the Black Pistons fleeing the scene. No member of the Black Pistons can be seen giving aid to Zachariah Tipton.”
In fact, when the state attorney released the video from Marine Camera 8, they cut it off at around 6:15. Right after the Black Pistons exit the camera’s view. There were 8 mins 20 seconds more of that video they chose not to release. It was ignored.
The uncut video obtained through discovery (Beach Marine Video camera 8 at 7:29 & Beach Marine Camera 9 at 9:40) clearly shows Black Piston members running back to render aid once they had realized that Zachariah had been shot.
Witness Statements Prove State Attorney Lied
Furthermore, several witness statements confirm that Black Piston members were attempting to render aid to Zachariah. For example, Officer Anthony Martin Jr.’s supplemental Incident Report dated 6/27/2014 contains an interview with eyewitness Philip Paul Valera II who states that one of the Black Pistons returns “to help with the Black Piston who had been shot.”
Or what about Tim White’s affidavit? White was standing in the parking lot with Stone when the murder occurred. White writes,
“When I turned back around one of the guys was coming back….I think he came back to help the guy on the ground.”
How can these witness statements be ignored?
State Attorney’s “Other Facts” Expose the Lie
Most persuasively, the State Attorney herself recognizes that members returned to Zachariah. The problem with a lie is remembering the details of that lie and not getting caught up in contradiction. The State Attorney exposes the lie on page 4 of the report saying,
“One member of the Black Pistons can be seen going over to Zachariah Tipton’s body and then later handing off a cut or vest with patches signifying membership in the Black Pistons.”
How is this consistent with the statement that Black Piston members fled after shots were fired? Why was this internal contradiction not reported by the mainstream media? Why should the State Attorney’s review have any credibility? Why was the video cut off before a Black Piston runs back to Tipton to render assistance?
Why Lie About Black Pistons Rendering Aid?
Why would the State Attorney and the Chief of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department blatantly lie about such a critical fact? Who insures that the State Attorney is making sound and ethical decisions?
Why is there no discussion by the State Attorney about the Iron Order’s failure to render aid? Stone, according to the State Attorney’s review, is “an Army Combat Medic.” After Tipton was incapacitated, why did no Iron Order members render assistance? The Iron Order have law enforcement membership and a combat medic present. Why is there no analysis regarding the ethical or legal obligation to render assistance when framing the incident?
Depicting Black Piston members fleeing the scene and making no attempt to render aid is an attempt to make the Black Pistons look heartless and sociopathic. This inaccurate framing of the incident paints a prejudicial picture of the Black Pistons implying that they have no honor, that they left one of their own behind because a crime was committed. AND IT’S ALL A LIE.
And doesn’t such a glaring lie bring into question every statement of fact or the general competence and/ or motivations of the State Attorney and the Jacksonville Beach PD? Logic says that it does. One lie always leads to another…
And in the case of Zachariah Tipton, this is just the tip of the iceberg…