I recently came across this whole Rally For Justice thing,
and, googling to refresh my memory I found out that
it involves the infamous Monty Robinson driving after drinking, but it also
involves a young motorcyclist that was absolutely smashed with a BAC over .08, who happened to be speeding either a little or a lot.
Now, let's just say right off the hop, that its obvious to me that Robinson is a scumbag, should not be a cop, and deserves every punishment he can get.
For anyone wanting to inform themselves, here's a couple links:
BCSB rally announcement in events note no mention of riders culpability
CBC news story on coroners report
Having said that.
Do any of you people attending have any shred of perspective on this?
If this fucking idiot kid had hit someone else, while absolutely hammered, riding his bike either fast or stupid fast depending on which end of the estimate you like, and killed, say, a little girl , would we still be wearing our motorcycle jackets proudly and condemning the driver who pulled a left turn?
I'm sorry, this kid was a fucking bonehead idiot who , at over .08 [the article states, over the legal limit which is .08] was taking his own and EVERYONE ELSE's life in his hands. WE SHOULD NOT BE SUPPORTING THIS, WE SHOULD BE CONDEMNING IT.
The weaselly wording being used to describe the rally and leaving out the fact that "our fallen comrade" was a drunken missile makes me sick to my stomach.
My own opinion is, if you want to condemn police misbehaviour, fine. If you want to condemn drunk driving, fine. I agree with you.
Showing up to these rallies with the elephant in the room of this kids arguably worse drunken behaviour being hushed up and not brought up, while we play up the rider solidarity by wearing our jackets is beyond absurd, ridiculous and sickening.
Now, I'm sure people are showing up to these things maybe without knowing all the facts. I'm sure some people are showing up without giving it too much thought. I don't blame you if you're simply mad as hell at a cop who drives drunk and gets [or tries to] away with it.
But when you show up in your motorcycle jackets, thats a tacit support of someone who doesn't deserve to be part of our community, regardless of his tragic outcome.
Maybe nobody here knows exactly what RIDING over .08 looks like, but I can tell you from personal experience at lower & legal BAC's that in my opinion riding over .08 is beyond insane and reckless.
Are we really this short sighted and bigoted that we can't see the forest for the trees here and realize, we as motorcyclists should be condemning ALL ASPECTS of this situation, and not just the drunken cop who abused his knowledge and position? That by showing up and showing solidarity we are being party to covering up the truth, putting a pathetic WHITEWASH over the events, and in the end, doing a disservice to the truth and our own credibility as a community?
Doesn't anyone have any integrity any more?
After that, if you're still stuck at the "but how do I express my frustration with the justice system and monty robinson" point, I can only suggest that you can write a letter, you can call your government representative, or you can attend a rally and not wear your fucking motorcycle jacket as some kind of badge of honor because it makes you into a goddamn hypocritical idiot in this situation.
I'd love to hear why people think its OK to participate in a lie this way.
EDIT: I'm not using the young man's name purposely. I know that its considered a faux pas here to say anything negative about someone who has met a tragic end such as the one in this case, and to a certain extent, I support the idea of not speaking ill of the dead. However, I think there is a GREATER DUTY here, to condemn this behaviour so that members of our community young or old, new or experienced, do not repeat it.