Cops: We will punish bad ‘Dogs’

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Cops may muzzle the Filthy Mad Dogs, a Red Hook motorcycle club, following a double shooting inside its headquarters last Saturday, and a related shooting near Methodist Hospital in Park Slope.

The early morning violence was not the work of a club member — but the incident was inside the club’s Van Dyke Street hang-out, which is enough for police to potentially shutter the two-year-old club.

“We will take appropriate enforcement action,” said Capt. John Lewis, the commanding officer of the 76th Precinct.

Lewis said late last week that he’s planning to powwow with Dog members, and won’t tolerate misbehavior there.

The shootings are the first criminal incidents that are alleged to have occurred at the club, which has been the target of unsubstantiated allegations of rowdiness, including wild parties, drinking in public, and brawling in the streets.

Last week, those rumors apparently became real.

According to police, mayhem erupted at the club, which is near Van Brunt Street, at around 3:30 am when a shooter struck a 28-year-old in the left hand, and a bystander, a 33-year-old man, in the left knee.

The third victim, a 28-year-old man, was shot in the lower left leg at Sixth Street and Eighth Avenue about an hour later. The shooter drove from Red Hook to the hospital, where one of the Red Hook victim’s was taken, prosecutors allege.

A distressed Mad Dogs official said the club is getting blamed for the actions of the shooter, who, sources said, was involved in a love triangle that involved one of his victims and a woman.

The publicity and police attention, the Dog member said, is just “not fair.”

“It’s a very touchy situation now,” he added.

Lewis was unapologetic, saying the precinct is taking a zero tolerance approach.

“If we don’t take care of the little things, it has a chance to fester and grow,” Lewis said.

Updated 5:23 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Peacemaker Demo from Left coast says:
This is what the cops hope will happen, just so they have an excuse to screw with the clubs. I dont know jack about this club, but it happens all over the U S.
No other places get shut down for first offences, but seeing as how its a motorcycle club, they force different standards upon us. FTC FTF FTW
March 30, 2011, 10:23 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
good grief, my meth habit is about to get very expensive!
March 30, 2011, 11:24 am
Vanessa from red hook says:
Something has to be done before innocent people get hurt. The issue about safety was raised when they first came to the neighborhood but it seemed to have been brushed under the table.I hope that after this incident the cops will do everything possible to shut them down and prosecute them accordingly to the law.I have seen too many drunken fights during the summer nights so i hope the situation is taken cared of very soon.
April 4, 2011, 5:01 pm
Dee from Red hook says:
Vanessa before you start judging the Filthy Mad Dogs make sure get the fact straight. The incident did not happen inside the club it happen outside and they did not have nothing to do with what happen that night. They guy is in jail right now. I see you one of those people that stereotype bikers. They do a lot of good things for the community the involved with the American Cancer Society, they do fundraising for cancer research they also did a big fundraiser for the people in Haiti. Last summer they had a block party and they had free food for the whole neighborhood half of the neighborhood came and show them love. I feel save by having them there no robberies muggings or nobody breaking in to cars I'm so glad they are there I feel safe. Thank you to the Filthy Mad Dogs they help me out one late night and they make sure I got home safe. Vannessa stop stereotyping bikers and know the facts before you speak remember there is always another side to the story
April 6, 2011, 11:20 am
concerned from Red Hook says:
“If we don’t take care of the little things, it has a chance to fester and grow,”

That's funny, because there has been a significant increase in muggings and assaults in Red Hook since last year, and the cops don't seem to have done squat about it. Someone gets mugged about once a week. At first it was just snatchings, but now people are getting beat up and threatened. The kids doing it live in the projects. I've seen them running back towards the projects.
April 6, 2011, 12:33 pm
concerced resident from vanbrunt street says:
I lived most my life on Vanbrunt Street, and I do know back in the days when the Ching-lings had there club, in redhook they didnt have none of the craziness thats happening now, yes they did have there parties, yes we heard the roar of there hogs, but what ever they did, was not on the news papers> this goes to Dee from redhook, no one is judging bikers, we know about the good the bikers have done, we saw with our own eyes the cancer relay that was done at the ikea, it was something good. But from I could read of your writing it seems you are a member of the club trying to make your self look good, You can't undo what has been done, we the residents gave you a chance, to prove yourselfs, but the wild parties the beer bottles the fights, and all this was early morning hours you had no respect for your neighbors, how you could say all how good the filthy mad dogs was to the neighbor when you added to the bad things that was already happening, every time there was a party or late weekday parties at that club, my property was litterd with beer bottles, people fighting, the worst part was the gun shoots which came from inside the club, we the residents are trying to make our neighborhood clean, and trying to make redhook a better place to live, for years people never came down, no banks, no pharmacies, no nothing and finally we gained some respect, this biker club comes and redhook is back on the papers. If you want people to not judge bikers have some respect for others. When the dogs came in the last year there was more things happening.
for some reason more break in cars was going on, we never felt safe before, but it got worse, i witness a robbery, and it was some one wearing a vest, im to old to do anything but call the cops,no it did not get better , So please try to understand we are not sterotyping just the bikers, we always had these problems,. The club did this to themselves, we did not have a problem having the club there, we did not like what came out of the club.
April 8, 2011, 5:28 pm
vanessa from red hook says:
Its so sad to see how Dee from redhook is trying to brush things under the rug.But as concerned resident from van brunt said its obvious your part of the club and thats why your trying to cherry coat everything. My mother happens to live around the corner from this club house and i witness several things going on at different occassions.My mother doesnt feel safe living so close to this so called good deeds club. Ive seen several fights and arguments and i recall the day of the block party it seemed like something was going to happen like if a fight was going to occur but i think the only thing that stopped it was the little bit of regular pedestrians that were around and maybe the kids. I say get this club out of our up coming neighborhood and take it to your own neck of the woods. The cops need to do more and protect us from these dirty scoundrels who prey in on good neighborhoods to hide their filth. Too many intoxicated drunks spewing out from behind the gate where the club is hidden. GET THEM OUT OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD!
April 9, 2011, 6:02 pm
unknown says:
Vanessa, u sound like u dont like anybody, scared for no reason, k things have gotten out of hand with the club, but the 1 to blame for that is, the leader of the club, who should of had more control of the club and the things that was going on. Redhook has nver been a good neighborhood wake up and look around u, but because a few yuppies move in and think they gonna change something thats nver gonna be but what it is already, cause yuppies have alot of druken parties and spewing all over the place too, so please dont blame just the bikers, u dont understand a bikers life and nver will from the way u are talking. Let me give u a wakeup call bikers are not drucken fools like u think and dirty like u are saying, most of them are blue coller workers. some are cops, firemen, doctors etc. some are even your neighbors.
April 10, 2011, 3:51 pm
neighbor from down the road a ways says:
I'm sure there are plenty of perfectly nice, upstanding citizens who belong to the Filthy Mad Dogs. So why isn't the club called Hog Ridin' Puppy Dogs, or Teddy Bear Bikers, or something just a little bit more warm 'n fuzzy than Filthy Mad Dogs. What are they trying to prove, and to whom? Better still, why choose such an antagonistic name, then complain about being stereotyped?

I don't like stereotyping any better than you, but you can't have it both ways.

The very first comment was from a west coast resident and perhaps he is right, that as bikers we are held to a higher standard. Sure, lots of people like to party and be boisterous but only the clubs folks will draw this kind of attention. Then again, perhaps he should share with us the meanings of all those acronyms he used:


Here's a hint: You can't promote anarchy AND complain about being singled out.
April 10, 2011, 8:41 pm
Lenny from The Hook says:
WANNABE H.A.s All a bunch of misfits but still what the HELL..everybody gotta be somewhere as long as they're not your neighbors. Really, who needs a bunch of dopes trying to prove how macho & bad they are beating the —— outta each other on your doorstep.
May 20, 2011, 10:10 pm
neighbor on the block says:
its funny that the cops stopped all the parties and loudness for just 2 weeks, it started again i herad a big crush the other nite and people fighting again. they have no respect, its time we did something to get these bikers out, there only goal in life is drugs and drinking get out find a new place where theres no one around to hear your ——, thats what they are a bunch of wanna bes cause i noticed they group is getting smaller, they have one female skinny girl, they way she acts looks like shes the leader of the pack.
May 21, 2011, 6:40 am
Frankie from Red hook says:
People should understand that things happen in all Hoods. You cant use the FMD's as a scapegoat. They've done wonderful things for the Hood even though at times things got a little loud. Let's not dump our problems on them behind this incident and let's clean the spec off our Eyes before we go pointing a finger..
May 24, 2011, 8:51 pm
bee from park slope says:
Its ashame that u could see the hate one people have against the other. These yuppies think that they are just gonna move into our neighborhoods and think they gonna chase the blacks and spanish out with your little k.k.k. Meetings in disguise at the 76 pct, i dont think so, we aint going anywhere. If that biker club wants to call red hook home then who the hell are these people who say otherwise. Their hate comes from ignorance, they hate what they cant understand and what dont look like them. That club works with kids, fundraiser for cancer, so so many things they do for these so called neighbors that never did anything for the poor in red hook but call the cops on them. To the filthy mad dogs, keep doing what u doing, we love ya and for what you stand for! Ride forever.
May 24, 2011, 9:59 pm
Juan Rodriguez from park slope/red hook 40 years says:
Blah blah blah up and coming neighborhood so funny soon they wont be no red hook either, liberty heights please You obviously don't know nothing about The Hood You just moved in yesterday LOL the name goes back to the 80$ You would know that if You was from here. Your not and that's why You walk around the housing and not thru it. Stop it ya want the housing out the way too but guess what we not leaving! The name come from when you had to be tough in New York to survive. Thank God things have changed and everybody has revolved with it we all grown now and to old for this none sense stop the negative judgment don't judge a book by its cover!
May 28, 2011, 3:23 am
Unknown assailant from South brooklyn says:
There was a time when the FMD's where really bad news. Several of them killed this man they called the captain, who lived on 9 th street this man was harmless he was known by everyone. He had a parrot he walked with all the time. One night he was asleep and was awakened by several of the gang members one being Kase the president, vento and some other members and when he stood up on his bed he was shot and killed with a 30/30 rifle he knew these guys and use to let them hang out in his house and they did this just to rob him. They might be good citizens now, but let's not forget the peoples lives some of them have destroyed. I grew up knowing most of these guys and actually hung out with some of them, but things got crazy after they made themselves full fledged gang members. Now to the defense of every Brooklynight born and raised in Brooklyn. If you were not raised here and don't know the way of life here, then your opinions are null and void and therefore do not count.
July 23, 2011, 12:40 am
unknown from park slope says:
July 31, 2011, 6:45 pm
ALEX from PARK SLOPE says:
get rid off the people that live in Brooklyn.NYC has its history and the fact is that it is what it is.We all learned the ways of life and,made the best of it.We all immigrated at once and,diffirent nationalities came from all parts of the world.Look at the fact's.Brooklyn belongs to it's roots of life and,thier isn't anything anyone can do to change this.Enjoy life for what you have.
Jan. 15, 2012, 11:15 am
Ebbie from parkslope says:
being one of the brothers to a original FMD..we all grew up in parkslope, from redhook pool, to the junk yard to p.s.124-jhs.51's not always making the best or right choices along the way,from the time we robbed the now or later candy factory or the factory with the fishing gear, or the gas station on 13th 3rd..its things we did along the way no they werent the right things to do but thats what we did back then from pinball machines to writing graffitti on the 4th ave line or f layups on church ave from break dancing at our lady of peace to sacckett street club we were all adolesents back then some more then others, some not so much, like myself, i chose a different path.i am a adult now,i was a teenager back then, what i do today doesnot influence me in anyway different then what i was once before, i am still the same friendly,loveing caring person ive always been,we are all adults now we make our own choices, from the days i was once floor master dancer , and left when it became a gang,i made that choice..i love parkslope and always will its my roots,its me no matter the change it will always be...Seems like the FMD club has come along way since then and i want to wish them all the very best...growing up Bklyn !!! my brother..
Feb. 6, 2013, 6:02 pm
mario fmd brother from Florida says:
I was born in park slope 1960s we. it was all whites

They killed blacks and Puerto Rican for walking down
The street so tell me figth or run I made them respect
Or fear me cops never gave a dame wath happened
Wath I became was evil my brothers save me from me
Filthy mad dogs are older an smarter don't —— with
Them respect all the good work that are done for the
Children and sick some one has too we made mestaks
In growing as young men's we are not crimeas at heart
Feb. 6, 2014, 5:25 am
Element from Earth says:
Welcome to being human on earth, where those who know crap of existence feel special enough to judge it. Creation as well as destruction are birthrights to every being, you learn to be the judge, jury & executioner in all of your own endeavors. You don't blame all for the actions of few or act like you can remove anything other than yourself out of any neighborhood; planet is not biased; you may want to learn more about nature. The nerve of ignorant neighbors... May every form of life fulfill their life's purpose and obtain happiness... •FFFF•
Sept. 28, 2014, 8:43 am

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