POCATELLO — Reacting to a report that there was going to be an altercation between rival motorcycle groups, law enforcement from several agencies responded to the annual POW*MIA Awareness Rally Saturday night.
Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen says that his office received a tip that there was going to be an altercation between the Mongols and Brother Speed at the Bannock County Fairgrounds Saturday night.
In response, the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office responded with the BearCat armored vehicle. The Southeast Idaho Special Tactics and Response team, or STAR, and the Bonneville County SWAT team and Pocatello Police SWAT team also responded.
Flood lights and road blocks were set up in the area.
The law enforcement response arrived at about 8 p.m. and they stayed until about 4 a.m. Sunday.
Nielsen said that the response worked and the situation de-escalated and no one was injured or arrested. Nielsen added that the Mongols and Brother Speed groups are known as one percenters, meaning that 99 percent of motorcyclists are law-abiding citizens while the other one percent are outlaws.
Nielsen told the Journal that the one percenters have been a problem in other areas, but not Pocatello, but also that they have been trying to set up territory in Southeast Idaho to carry out their agendas.