Rival motorcycle gang members, armed with knives, chains and clubs, battled each other and police in a riot that left five persons dead and at least 10 injured.
SHOWS EXHIBITION HALL WHERE A SNOW OF MOTORCYCLES WAS IN PROGRESS AT TIME OF MELEE. SHOWS SOME OF THE CYCLE AND SOME OF THE DEBRIS CAUSED BY THE FIGHT BROKEN GLASS AND DAMAGED BIKES. SHOWS MEN SWEEPING UP THE MESS. INTERVIEW NATSOF WITH ONE OF THE EYEWITNESSES WHO DESCRIBES IN VIVID DETAIL SOME OF THE EVENTS HE OBSERVED ONE MAN GETTING HIS TEETH SMASHED ALL -OVER, AND OTHERS SWINGING CHAINS WITH LOCKS ON THE END, ETC. SHOWS PICE GOING INTO THE HALL (NARRATION IMPLIES THAT THIS WAS THE TIME OF THE MELEE) -,XXXX AND A BLOOD-STAINED SHIRT. NATSOF INTERVIEW WITH DOCTOR AT THE HOSPITAL WHERE THE INJURED AND DEAD WERE TAKEN. HE TELLS OF THE VARIOUS TYPES OF WOUNDS - MOSTLY SB WOUNDS - XXXX -MOSTLY STAB WOUNDS- -, 9% 523 0-583,5' 50-5 83. SHOTS OF POLICE AND ARRIVAL OF VICTIMS AT HOSPITAL, ONE SHOWN BEING PUSHED DOWN A HALLWAY. SHOT OF THE MARQUEE OUTSIDE THE HALL TELLING OF THE MOTORCYCLE SHOW AND SHOTS OF THE CYCLES FROM THE CANCELLED SHOW BEING WHEELED OUT. ONE MAN IS SEEN RIDING HIS BIKE DOWN THE STREET. (SHOW WAS CLOSED BECAUSE OF POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER VIOLENCE) FYI-THE TWO GROUPS PRIMARILY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MELEE WERE RIVAL MOTORCYCLE GANGS N THE +BREED+ AND THE +VIOLATORS+.
SPORT: MOTORCYCLE RACING
REPORTER: JOE MOSBROOK
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Background: Rival motorcycle gang members, armed with knives, chains and clubs, battled each other and police in a riot that left five persons dead and at least 10 injured.
The battle erupted at a motorcycle trade show. people arrested about 40 persons in the brawl.
More than 200 policemen and Cleveland's Tactical Fighter Unit were called to ouell the fighting.
Patrolman Lawrence Davis said "all hell broke loose" when members of the Akron Breed Motorcycle gang and the Violators, a New York City branch of Hell's Angels, got into a brawl.
"We never had trouble before, "said Ray Walkowiak, secretary of the Cleveland Competition Club, which sponsored the show. "There were about 500 people in the hall when the trouble started."