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The Tipton Murder, The Iron Order, and the CODE

By Miami Mike, Wheels On The Road Magazine

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In two conversations recorded earlier this year, Mike “Cgar” Crouse of Fayetteville, North Carolina, the International Sergeant at Arms of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, made multiple statements indicating that Iron order members were encouraged to provoke confrontations with members of other motorcycle clubs because in Crouse’s words, such confrontations were a “free ticket” to “destroy.”
The Iron Order is alone among all three piece patch motorcycle clubs in encouraging its members to gain a strategic advantage in disputes with other clubs by tattling to police. In multiple instances, Iron Order President Ray “Izod” Lubesky has told his club’s members in writing, “We will cooperate with LE (law enforcement) and we will prosecute.”
There is a massive amount of evidence that indicates that the Iron Order feels free to provoke fights and even use deadly force against other motorcycle clubs with the foreknowledge that the Iron Order’s victims will not cooperate with police.
Honor Code
Most motorcycle clubs subscribe to a code of honor that includes precepts similar to the following.
“If you ever get arrested never make a statement of any kind. Don’t make the stupid mistake of trying to talk your way out of jail. All you’ll end up doing is telling on yourself or implicating Brothers or someone else. Always say you have nothing to say and you want to speak to an attorney.”
“If subpoenaed or questioned as a possible witness, never say anything adverse that would cause anyone to go to jail, even if it’s not a Brother.”
“If a local Law Enforcement Task Force wants to talk to you for any reason always take at least one other Brother with you. If you are wanted or questioned for possible criminal charges, take your lawyer and don’t tell them shit.”
“Remember, if you can save a member from doing a large amount of time by doing a small amount of time, then do it without hesitation. You may need someone to do it for you someday.”
“Never press charges on anyone. If you get in a street fight and a citizen calls the man, and you happen to be the victim you do not press charges. Never testify in court or a parole hearing as an adverse witness. You may testify as a friendly witness only.”
Iron Order Code
In a conversation about four months ago, the Iron Order International Sergeant at Arms said: “I know our club has the advantage. One percenters won’t call the cops. So what the fuck, destroy any fucker that confronts you. It’s a free ticket….”
The motorcycle club honor code is based on the premise that clubs will “handle their own business” when two clubs have a dispute. One nationally known member of a brand name motorcycle club has described biker justice as “swift and primal.” The American Outlaws Association has a proverb that describes biker justice as inevitable – “God Forgives Outlaws Don’t.”
The Iron Order has decided as a club that the threat of extra-judicial justice is hollow. In a conversation about three months ago Crouse bragged, “These people and clubs talk shit on the internet but they are like crickets. As soon as we come around they shut the fuck up.”
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The Tipton Murder
The Iron Order has blatantly adopted a strategy of claiming territory and dominating clubs that “handle their own business.”
That is what happened in the June 26 murder of Black Pistons Motorcycle Club member Zachariah Tipton outside Nippers Beach Grille in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. An unnamed former police officer who was an Iron Order prospect and an unnamed accomplice awaited the arrival of Tipton and either two or three other members of the Black Pistons in order to intentionally provoke a dispute about the Iron Order’s insignia.
When the argument became a fist fight, one of the two Iron Order members drew a pistol and fired four shots. At least two of the shots struck Tipton in the face and another shot struck Tipton in the temple. Tipton was pronounced dead at the scene. His companions refused to cooperate with police. The police accepted the Iron order members’ account without question and the Iron Order members were immediately released.
Jacksonville Beach police have stonewalled the press about the shooting ever since and the Iron Order appears to have gotten away with murder
-- Miami Mike

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In 2012, the State representative of IOMC Oklahoma was riding home from a meet to grab a few things after parting ways from his "brothers". Part of the way home, he encountered brake failure and was life flighted to a hospital where he was pronounced brain dead.

The club wanted his bike to "restore it", and claimed it because the reps ex wife was convinced of their sincerity in seeking to "restore it". Nevermind that the wrecker service worked with the MC all the time, or the fact that the reps club president was in the running for the position he had just won by popular vote.

Do not ride with the belief that these men will honor anything but their own vanity. Your own family will suffer your loss, and it's unlikely that any real justice will ever be done.

RiP Dredd

Tulsa, OK
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
There is a man in Mississippi claiming to be someone involved he says he was a shooter in the Tipton incident. It's pretty fucked up ! Not sure about whether it's true what he says But I can tell you all the women in his life have died seems like in suspicious circumstances.

Elle Ray
Yazoo city
Friday, September 29, 2023
I cannot understand why Police would want to emulate 3-piece patch wearing outlaw bikers. Surely they are the antithesis of everything they stand for?
All bikers I know, outlaw or not pour scorn on these wannabes.

There's also the Blue Knights and the Peelers, but I think they fly a LE patch, although still going down the 3-piece route. I just can't understand why you'd happily wear a version of your enemies' uniform.
Bet their parties are crap too.

Tim Ranachan
Innerleithen, TD, United Kingdom
Sunday, July 30, 2023
Editor Response Good point.
If this Iron Order club isn't for you, who cares? Is there some rule that all motorcycle clubs must all be criminal organizations?

Bremerton, WA
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Editor Response No, there is no rule that all clubs, even 1%er clubs become criminal.
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