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WA Lege Day 101: Cop killer at bill signing?

OLYMPIA – One of the people gathered around the table as Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the bill outlawing “motorcycle profiling” last week may have been a member of an outlaw motorcycle gang who once killed a Portland police officer.
The above photo of the event above, first published in The Spokesman-Review, has law enforcement officials studying the faces and patches on some motorcyclists who applauded as the bill was signed and posed with Gregoire and several legislators.
KIRO News radio in Seattle reported Wednesday that its law enforcement sources identified one of the bikers as Robert Christopher, who was convicted of killing a Portland police officer during a raid on the Outsiders’ motorcycle club’s headquarters in 1979. Christopher is the third in from the left, KIRO law enforcement sources said.(For more on Christopher, check out Austin Jenkin's piece from Northwest Public Radio.)

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WA Lege Day 94: Gregoire signs m/c profiling bill

Gov. Chris Gregoire offers the signing pen to Sen. Jim Hargrove after putting her signature on a bill to ban “motorcycle profiling.

OLYMPIA — Law enforcement in Washington state won't be able to stop motorcyclists simply because they are motorcyclists under a bill signed Wednesday by Gov. Chris Gregoire.

Law enforcement insists they don't do that, anyway, but motorcycle groups such as ABATE — for A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments — have contended for years that it happens all the time.

After several tries, the Legislature passed a bill to make clear that profiling is not permissable and to require some training to make sure it doesn't happen. A few members of biker groups, most in full road regalia, attended the bill signing in Gregoire's conference room, along with sponsor Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, who appeared in something slightly different than the standard coat-and-tie dress code enforced on the Senate floor.

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