California Judge refers to Biker Veterans as “Goon Squad”

Faye Higbee

We were contacted by a witness to a court hearing on a local restraining order that told us that the California judge advised a US Marine and his advocate that bringing Veterans who were bikers to a neighborhood to support a friend was like “calling in the goon squad.”

Turns out, we covered the background of this situation previously. Gerald Heath is a USMC veteran who lives in Rocklin, California.  He has allegedly been harassed repeatedly since moving into the apartment by his upstairs neighbor.  The former elderly tenant in the apartment he has now was also repeatedly harassed by the same person…she moved.

The ensuing attacks on the US Marines in the article since its original posting have been incessant and nasty.

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Marine veterans on bikes often provide escorts the fallen- Is it not a good thing to visit one while he’s alive?

The veterans on bikes- to encourage Mr. Heath

The intent of Mr. Heath’s friend was to encourage veterans – particularly US Marines- to ride to his home, pick him up, and take him to the park for a BBQ and spend some time with him, since he is terminally ill.  But for the people on the restraining order, it looks like intimidation and the potential for violence. The judge appears to have agreed, which is how he got to the place where he referred to veterans on motorcycles as a “goon squad.”

When we wrote about this situation previously, it became a point of contention for the court and many of the people who are friends of the neighbor. Not so much the article itself, but the comments made afterwards — the comments were used to attempt to show that the event coordinator was ‘trying to start trouble’ by bringing veterans who rode motorcycles to the neighborhood.

“Over the top”  “Racist” “Dangerous” Veterans

The judge remarked that Mr. Heath’s friend was “over the top.” The person on the restraining order even called the veteran bikers “racist” or more correctly as the neighbor wrote it,  “raicest.” They also claimed that the veteran bikers could be “dangerous or suffer from PTSD.”

The following is the actual spelling on the person’s response, where they refused to accept the restraining order’s conditions in a two page diatribe. Excerpt:

“I ask that you plesae dismiss this ridulas case of restraining order abuse. Mr. Heath claims to be a Vietnam  vet with a termanal illness. All I see is a morphine addict who chain smokes with absolutely no integrity. A person is willing to insite a raicest gang of bikers to come to my home and cause physical harm to my self and my husband…”

Inciting a riot? For a picnic?

Let’s look at one of the actual ‘incitements’ to which the opposition is referring:

“When and where? I’ve got a few devil dogs that I’m sure are ready for a little road trip.”

“Hi —-. Gerry would love it if you would make a road trip. He would love to sit around with some Marine and talk about  the good ole days! Do you think you could make that happen?”

At this point the person on the order marked – “inciting a riot” on the copy.

Terminal illness

It remains to be seen whether or not Mr. Heath’s neighbors will obey the restraining order. But in his terminal illness, letting him be would help tremendously. It remains to be seen how much of a problem they will cause if Marine bikers show up to take Mr Heath to a BBQ in the park.

The upstairs neighbor and manager of the apartments where Mr. Heath resides seem to believe that all veterans have PTSD and all are “racist.” The disrespect even spilled out to the court.

The next hearing is in 4 months. The upstairs neighbor remains on Gerry’s restraining order, but her husband was removed. It is hoped that Mr. Heath will be able to have his picnic before he dies. It seems that a visit from “the goon squad” is just what the doctor ordered.