Leather-clad riders from motorcycle clubs have arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, in an effort to protect stores against looters and join in peaceful rallies, more than a week after police shot and killed an unarmed teenager, sparking racial tension and unrest.
Some of the bikers are reportedly from the Outcast MC, which touts itself as America’s oldest, all-black motorcycle club. It was founded in Detroit in 1969, but has chapters across the country.
Outcast members joined bikers from another club, Dominant Breed, on a rainy street in the St. Louis suburb over the weekend. While their goal is to show support and keep the peace, one rider told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the clubs have no official plan to protect the city.
“But normally when they see our presence [troublemakers] don’t come around much,” the biker told the newspaper.
The bikers were also spotted at a memorial site for the slain teen, Michael Brown, 18.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson acknowledged the bikers at a news conference on Saturday.
“There was a motorcycle group out here who walked up and said, ‘You tell us what time,'” Johnson said, referring to the curfew that authorities implemented in Ferguson.