12/12/02 UPDATE: From CMT/ABATE = I just wanted everyone to know that CMT/ABATE of Tennessee at its most recent Board of Director's meeting on 12/8/2002 voted unanimously to support the boycott of Myrtle Beach. Let's keep the ball rolling. Many of our members were interested in this effort and wanted to show their support. Some were planning on going this spring and are changing their minds in lieu of this information.
Director, CMT/ABATE Inc.
11/04/02 UPDATE: ABATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA VOTED ON 11/02/02 TO SUPPORT THE MYRTLE BEACH BOYCOTT.
Cop Kills Two Motorcyclists During Myrtle Beach Bike Week
On May 18, 2002, during the Harley-Davidson spring motorcycle rally in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Horry County policeman Lance CPL. James J. Costello, badge number 466, was driving an unmarked cruiser southbound on U.S. 17 in Murrells Inlet when he collided with a motorcycle while attempting to cross the northbound lanes. Costello faced a yield sign before he turned. Victoria Lee Zickafoose and Charles Eugene Heyde Sr., who were on the motorcycle, died at the scene. Fifteenth Circuit Solicitor Greg Hembree determined September 26th that Costello would not be charged with reckless homicide and gave the case to the Highway Patrol. Hembree said the investigation of the crash failed to develop enough evidence to support the charge. State troopers who investigated decided not to cite Costello.
Horry County Cop Will Not Face Charges in Fatal Crash During Harley Week
An Horry County police officer will not face reckless homicide charges in relation to a fatal car versus-motorcycle crash last spring. The crash happened in the early morning hours of May 18, along a stretch of Highway 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. Officer James Costello's unmarked police car collided with a motorcycle. A Michigan man and a Georgia woman were riding on the motorcycle, and both died in the crash. Officer Costello suffered only minor injuries. A Highway Patrol accident report showed that the motorcycle was traveling at more than 72 miles-per-hour at the time of the collision. Horry County Solicitor Greg Hembree says there was no evidence that would support a reckless homicide charge against Costello. Highway Patrol officials are still considering traffic violations.
This is from a rider in Horry County:
Well by now you have all heard that the cop who killed the bikers in Murrells Inlet during bike week was cleared of charges. Of course the spin the Horry County Solicitors office is putting on is that the bikers were speeding. Just what the hell does that have to do with a damn thing? Fact remains the officer was not paying a damn bit of attention and killed these people. We all know if it had been a motorcycle cop killed by a civilian in a cage the legal system would have been all over it like white on rice. There is a very prejudicial tide turning against bikers in Horry County. Lets don't forget this especially when election time comes.
Biker boycott sought after officer not charged
HORRY COUNTY Myrtle Beach - A group of bikers is sending e-mails encouraging others to skip the annual biker rally along the Grand Strand.
The bikers are angry that charges were not filed against a police officer whose car collided with a motorcycle and killed two riders during last May's Harley Davidson Dealers Association Myrtle Beach Rally.
Prosecutor Greg Hembree said last month that Lance Cpl. James Costello will not be charged with reckless homicide because there was not enough evidence to warrant the charge.
The Highway Patrol also decided not to cite Costello.
The biker boycott is gaining momentum and should affect turnout for the spring rally, which attracts about 200,000 bikers, said Deb Knox, an officer with an N.C. bikers' rights group.
Harley Davidson's events coordinator says she has not heard about the boycott.
"Usually this kind of thing blows over after a while," said Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President Asby Ward. "And it's a long time before spring." - ASSOCIATED PRESS
From the Sons of Liberty Riders Website:
"What can we do?" you ask.
Well, the cards are stacked against us. Judges tend to stick with the cops... Legislators used to be judges ... and Governors used to be legislators. Changing a law or rule would take forever to pass. Let's go for the wallet, the money, something any politician understands!
Avoid Myrtle Beach in 2002 and 2003. There is plenty to do instead, and plenty to see. Maybe if enough of you spend your money elsewhere, the local venders and businesses will put pressure on the city to control the actions of their officers, and to promote motorcycle awareness.
Of course you don't have to pay any attention to this, or our suggestions.
You can forget about the dead brother and sister while you ride through town, showing your nice clean chrome. They used to polish their bikes before they were killed.
Enjoy looking at all the bikes, they sure did, before they were killed.
Visit the vendors and buy some stuff, that's what they did before they were killed.
Trust the local police to watch out for your safety, that's what they did before they were killed.
On the other hand, you can show your displeasure for the way the Myrtle Beach police kill bikers and STAY AWAY! Spend your money elsewhere, like at the drags or north to Ocean City Bike Week.
We have a forum on our message board where you can leave your message, whether you agree or disagree. We will post updates there also.
Support your brothers and sisters. They would support you!
If you prefer to email your thoughts on the senseless death of two bikers by a policeman, send an email to email@example.com and it will make its way to the right people, and the press.
~ Sons of Liberty Riders
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