No Colors/Equal Access Idaho Senate No Colors

Published on March 11th, 2019 | by David "Double D" Devereaux


No MC Colors Allowed in Idaho Senate for Profiling Bill Vote

On Monday March 4th, 2019 members of the motorcycle club community were victims of unconstitutional discrimination inside the Idaho State Capitol when they were told by Capitol Security personnel that they would have to remove their motorcycle club colors if they wanted to enter the Senate chambers to observe a floor vote on S 1109, a bill prohibiting motorcycle profiling. These individuals (one a member of the Brother Speed MC and one an associate of the Vagos MC) also participate in ABATE, the primary grassroots group lobbying for a law in Idaho, and complied in order to watch the vote. ABATE of Idaho responded by sending a cease and desist request to every legislator in Boise on Friday, March 8th, 2019.


Constitutional Issues


ABATE’s letter to Legislators reads: “Any government agent denying an individual access to Senate Chambers because they are wearing motorcycle club colors is a clear violation of speech, association and due process rights protected by the US Constitution. Motorcycle club colors are First Amendment protected expression and wearing motorcycle club colors is considered expressive conduct, particularly when that expression is political.


Bree Walker, representing ABATE of Idaho, reported to the MPP that she talked with the Capitol Security Officer that denied MC members wearing colors access on March 4th and confirmed that the Idaho Senate Sergeant at Arms; Sarah Jane McDonald,, (208) 332-1400, was responsible for giving the order.


Motorcycle profiling and discrimination have literally followed motorcyclists inside the Idaho State Capitol, a place where freedom of expression in a free society is supposed to be paramount, while participating in the democratic process to address issues of profiling and discrimination. Unfortunately, S 1109, a simple measure codifying Constitutional principles, fell one floor vote shy of passing.


Denying access to individuals because they are wearing motorcycle club colors exposes the government officials involved to potential civil liability under 42 USC Section 1983 for violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments.


Cease and Desist Request


ABATE of Idaho sent a letter to all state Senators and Representatives requesting “that the Idaho Senate, House of Representatives, and all law enforcement and other personnel involved with Capitol security, take whatever action necessary to guarantee that such unconstitutional acts of discrimination targeting those wearing motorcycle club colors at the Idaho Capitol immediately ceases.”


There is nothing in the Senate Rules that would prohibit motorcycle club colors. That’s freedom of expression. Why would there be?


It appears that evidence of motorcycle profiling in Idaho can no longer be denied.

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is the Spokesperson for the Washington State Council of Clubs, Founder of the Motorcycle Profiling Project, and works with motorcyclists at the national level. Contact: Send Email,

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4 Responses to No MC Colors Allowed in Idaho Senate for Profiling Bill Vote

  1. Avatar Daniel J Nuckolls says:

    Reminds me of stories of black and white water fountains. What kind of society are we becoming?

  2. Avatar Joseph Ward says:

    Who do they think they are? These individuals who have been placed in their postions,by the very people that, they discreminate,and profile,against must have lost their rabbit ass minds! People of Idaho,do you see what your votes are doing!! Freedom of expression is a right not a privilege! Don’t these officials know the difference! Down here we call them hypocrites! Put them outta office next election! They’ve opened a Pandora’s box!!

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