PHOENIX — Members of a motorcycle club claim their constitutional rights
were violated when Arizona officers rousted them at gunpoint at a campsite where
a man shot his wife and two others before killing himself.
The Sons of Hell filed a federal lawsuit last week against the Arizona
Department of Public Safety and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office. Its
members claim officers were trying to collect information for a criminal street
gang database, even though they knew club members weren’t involved in the 2011
shooting at a bike rally near Flagstaff.
A DPS spokesman declined comment Tuesday. The sheriff’s office didn’t
immediately respond to a request for comment.
A similar lawsuit the club filed last year was dismissed without prejudice
after its attorney abandoned the case.
The club has new legal representation and is seeking monetary compensation.