Clinton Walker was a former firefighter in Hillsborough County, Tampa Florida. He was fired this week for his “unwavering loyalty“to the Outlaws MC pursuant to an internal investigation.
Walker was the first county employee in Hillsborough County to be investigated for gang activity due to ordinances issued as a result of his own arrest last year at the Key West Poker Run. This began with an investigative report by Jarrod Holbrook from WFTS-TV who was investigating the involvement of firefighters with motorcycle clubs. The Outlaws are listed in the FBI National Gang Report as a criminal gang/organization.
Key West Poker Run
In September of 2016, Walker was arrested for his involvement in a bar fight in a Key West. Last year’s Phil Peterson’s Key West Poker Run was cancelled for the first time in more than four decades and rumor is due to a presence of motorcycle clubs. His criminal misdemeanor charge is still pending. The security video feed of the bar fight can be seen by following this link.
Three months earlier, Walker was placed on administrative leave for being in a brawl with a police officer in a bar in St. Petersburg, Florida. He was initially charged with Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, but the charges were dismissed when video evidence revealed he was tazed and kicked by St. Pete police officer Ruben de Jesus who retired a few months after the incident.
James Costa Chapter President of the Outlaws, was shot while riding his motorcycle. Originally I wrote based on incorrect reports that he was killed from that shooting and have since corrected this blog and a subsequent one. Costa was also a Fire Rescue Captain and apparently retired because of media reports of his connections to the Outlaws.
When Costa was shot, it is alleged that Walker put on his fire rescue uniform to obtain evidence from the shooting and hinder the criminal investigation- he used his position to “gain unauthorized access and utilized his position as a uniformed firefighter for personal reasons or gain.
Walker rode in the back of the ambulance with Costa and the report reads that he never offered to help the rescue crew. Costa’s position was that he was there to support his friend and that he had permission to be there, if not, he could have just gone to the hospital to meet with Costa.
An FBI agent involved in the investigation said Walker did not hand over Costa’s vest and belt buckle even though he was advised it was evidence. Walker’s defense is that he had permission from Costa to keep the vest and buckle for safe keeping and gave it to Costa’s wife. Because he did so, he believed he could not give it to law enforcement without their permission.
Last November, Walker was accused of avoiding an arrest by using his employment as a county firefighter. Walker was arguing with a clerk at the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office while obtaining his hunting and fishing license. He was asked to leave and when he didn’t, Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene. Per a deputy, he wasn’t arrested was because it was closing time.