Mongols motorcyclists are met by law enforcement in rural San Diego County town
Members of the Mongols motorcycle club Friday rolled into rural Jamul in eastern San Diego County for a weekend gathering -- and were greeted by a contingent of Sheriff's Department deputies and California Highway Patrol officers.
The law enforcement contingent was there to ensure that the Mongols "exercise their right to peacefully assemble and associate in a lawful and legal manner," said Jan Caldwell, a spokeswoman for the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.
Also, the deputies and CHP officers will prevent any violence between the Mongols and rival groups, and ensure that local residents are not harassed, she said.
Last summer, the Mongols, whose motto is "Respect Few, Fear None," held a similar gathering in Palm Springs without trouble.
Jamul (population 6,100) is approximately 22 miles southeast of downtown San Diego.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Mongols regalia with a list of members who met an untimely demise.
Credit: Los Angeles Times