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Nov-27-2010 09:58printcomments

Tim and Bonnie King Receive Excellence in Journalism Award

Tim and Bonnie King with their award from the Confederation of Clubs
Tim and Bonnie King with their award from the Confederation of Clubs

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - Americans traditionally encourage youth to be involved in group activities, join clubs, etc. Parents and upstanding citizens often suggest that young people join the military so they can wear a uniform and belong to a group they can be proud of.

But for some reason, being in a club as an adult can get a person in to real trouble. Belonging to a motorcycle club in particular, is a sure way to earn the attention of police, who are often trained to assume that a person two wheels with a patch on their back is a real danger.

This is called criminal profiling, something the people who make the laws in this nation say police are not allowed to.

But it happens every day.

Salem-News.com is a multi cultural organization. It is the organization's belief that all people are created equal, and that none should be the subject of illegal police activity.

News Editor Tim King wrote a story titled Southern Oregon Motorcycle Club Member Sentenced in March 2010, that terminated the state attorney general's bragging rights on the spot.

"He was trying to make it sound like he had brought in half the Manson family, when it was clear that the crime that the bikers supposedly committed, was a small in house matter," King said.

There were no drugs, nobody was shot, no money was stolen; it was simply a matter of a club discovering that one of their members had a particular type of criminal past that is not acceptable and he had lied to gain acceptance by the club.

King said he knew that the Oregon media would simply publish the press release, but he knew he had to take a different approach.

"My dad rode Harleys in the early days and he always had motorcycles when I was growing up - and friends who were club members; they were extremely respectful of my conservative yet motorcycle smart dad. Because of that and many other experiences, I know a different side of this community, and I refuse to be part of the process that disrespects these riders who are almost all military veterans."

King says there are problems on top of problems for these club members.

"I know one local club is hassled endlessly over a crime their members supposedly committed back in '68. The funny part is that almost every member was either born after that, or was a kid when it happened, years before becoming a club member. Even more, there are police agencies that have had officers go bad, and the agencies know this is the case. I often wonder if Oregon State Police would enjoy being judged by the act of one or two individual troopers who went bad, I doubt it."

Excellence in Journalism Award

Presented to

Tim King, Vice President/Executive Director of Salem-News.com

and

Bonnie King, Publisher of Salem-News.com

In recognition of their thorough, careful and lucid reporting on issues of concern to veterans and motorcyclists along with the public at large. Your contributions will not be forgotten.

Presented by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs November 2010

Oct-27-2010: Charitable Biker Event Incites 'Criminal Profiling' from Police - Brad Betz for Salem-News.com

Apr-18-2010: U.S. Defenders Take Oregon Motorcycle Rights to the Streets - Tim King and Bonnie King Salem-News.com

Mar-22-2010: Southern Oregon Motorcycle Club Member Sentenced - Tim King Salem-News.com

Feb-17-2010: Oregon Motorcycle Riders Converge on Capitol - Bonnie King Salem-News.com

Mar-06-2010: Biker Club Members Keep Salem Home From Going Up in Smoke - Story by Tim King Video by Mike Kondash for Salem-News.com

Aug-13-2009: Idaho Uses FBI Agents to Detain Oregon Motorcycle Riders - Tim King Salem-News.com

Jan-22-2009: American Motorcycle Culture: The One Percenters - Tim King Salem-News.com

May-12-2008: Motorcycles, Music and Charity - Concert to Benefit Bradley-Angle House - Salem-News.com

Jun-01-2008 Are Police Criminal Profiling Drivers in Oregon? - Tim King Salem-News.com

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Tariq Khan November 29, 2010 9:29 am (Pacific time)

Congratulation to both of you Tim. Well done and well deserved. Keep on going.


Shawnee November 28, 2010 6:38 pm (Pacific time)

I read a wide section of media and see no one else has reported this award. Are they all jealous of you guys?

 


Anonymous November 28, 2010 4:19 am (Pacific time)

Most do not care, because they dont ride harleys..I dont ride either, but I care..because; They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and by that time no one was left to speak up.


Amanda November 28, 2010 2:02 am (Pacific time)

Congratulations to both of you for the well deserved award.


Josh Akers November 27, 2010 6:08 pm (Pacific time)

Nice...


Luke Easter November 27, 2010 5:12 pm (Pacific time)

Finally! An achievement Award without favoritism, no nepotism and it wasn’t paid for. Well, it was purchased by long hours of research, investigating, travel, insight and a love to uncover the truth and present it to the masses via the fastest growing medium in history, the Internet. Professionalism at it's summit. Hey Bonnie, plant a Smooch on TK but not to hard because it is from me. Mucho Congrats!


AGRON BELICA November 27, 2010 4:33 pm (Pacific time)

CONGRATS!!!


Anonymous November 27, 2010 11:13 am (Pacific time)

We all love hippies and non-violent bikers!

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