Texas Biker Shootout Prior To Sturgis Rally 75th
A shoot-out between rival biker gangs in Texas left nine dead over the weekend. The incident comes months ahead of the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Rally set for early August.
Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to converge on the Black Hills, and as always that includes some motorcycle gangs.
But Sturgis Police Chief Jim Bush says each year extra officers from around the country are called in to help maintain security at Sturgis.
Bush says law enforcement tracks the movement of biker gangs and has contingency plans in place to deal with any problems.
“As far as the incident that took place in Texas yes we are aware of that. You know we got plans in place to try and react to those types of things no different than any year. So It is something that we’re watching," says Bush.
Bush adds that the vast majority of those who attend Sturgis Rally are peaceful and law abiding.
He says this 75th anniversary Sturgis Rally is expected to be the largest on record.