RICHLAND, Wash.- Hundreds of motorcyclists gathered in Richland for a ride to fight what they call discrimination from local police in the Tri-Cities
Groups like A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments or ABATE and other motorcyclists from all over Washington often ride together either for recreation or to raise funds for different charities. They say whenever they meet together, they are singled out by police because of their clothing or just because they are riding motorcycles. Their ride through the Tri-Cities Saturday was to exercise their rights to peaceably assemble.
"They don't do it for car clubs, they don't do it for flower clubs, but you can be sure that when motorcyclists get together, you're going to see some level of law enforcement scrutinizing the law abiding citizens," said Donnie Landsman of WA ABATE.
Once the bikers had gathered at the Uptown Shopping Center, Richland police made a quick drive by. The bikers drove through Richland into Pasco and then crossed the cable bridge into Downtown Kennewick where their ride came to an end.