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Posted on August 26 at 2:50 p.m.
A group of trail users that won't reveal the individuals involved? Sounds simple to me. We are talking about downhill mountain bikers. This group, which terrorizes Santa Barbara trails on their gravity powered motorcycles, is close knit and always protects its own. This pattern of the bikers against everyone else is commonly seen across the country.
A perfect example is the death of the horse Rocket a few years ago in Montecito. This involved mountain bikers. They refused to give their names at the time. Later, "leaders" of the mountain bike community, who knew the names of the riders, refused to reveal their identities.
Surely, in such a major case as the cause of the Jesusita Fire, protecting those involved from investigation must approach criminal behavior. These are people who claim to be responsible trail users. If they are, I challenge them to give up the people involved so that the police can properly investigate this issue. Otherwise, this user group is behaving like like a criminal gang.
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