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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Waco Police Massacre–Did the Police Just Legally Murder Nine Bikers?

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Here we have the theory that the Waco police and the Texas Department of Highway Safety (Highway Patrol) set up a group of bikers, all white men, in order to MURDER them, all nice and legal, and all with approval by the public.
Personally, I have no doubt in my mind that the police opened fired on a group of bikers fighting among themselves who were no danger to the public. I also believe that the cops were spoiling for a fight, and may have placed an undercover agitator in the restaurant to get something started.
The scene of the crime, a Hindu owned Twin Peaks “breastaurant” has been permanently shut down by corporate headquarters. They are in “avoid a lawsuit” mode. Law enforcement had been hassling the restaurant for weeks to ban bikers from the establishment.
At the bottom of the post is a comment from a biker who asks many relevant questions that we will probably never get answers to. Were cameras operating? Did the police have a warrant? Etc.
Murdering anyone, even criminals, is not acceptable in a country of laws. The problem is we live in a police state now, not the USA, but the USSA.
H/T to wulfe, a regular commenter here.
The Aging Rebel
A shoving match in a bathroom at a Confederation of Clubs meeting in Waco, Texas exploded into a war yesterday. Nine people were killed, 27 people were injured, 17 were hospitalized, two are listed in critical condition, and 160 men were arrested following a brawl at a chain restaurant in a shopping center on the South Jack Kultgen Espressway.
The fight resulted from a long simmering dispute between members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club and the Cossacks and the Scimitars Motorcycle Clubs. Curtis Jack Lewis, president of the Abilene chapter of the Bandidos, and Wesley Dale Mason, the chapters’ sergeant at arms, were accused of stabbing two Cossacks outside Logan’s Roadhouse in Abilene in November 2013. The two Bandidos were charged with aggravated assault in March 2014. The Scimitars are in the process of patching over to the Cossacks.
Other clubs in attendance at the Sunday brunch included the Blackett Arms MC, Gypsy MC, HonorBound Motorcycle Ministry, Renatus MC, Escondidos MC, Sons of the South MC, Los Pirados MC, Leathernecks MC, Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets MC, In Country MC and the Tornado Motorcycle Club.
All of the arrestees are being charged under Title 11, Section 71.02, a draconian Texas law titled “Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity.” According to that law, “A person commits an offense if, with the intent to establish, maintain, or participate in a combination or in the profits of a combination or as a member of a criminal street gang, the person commits or conspires to commit one or more of” most of the acts that are illegal in Texas: Including possession of small amounts of marijuana, transporting a firearm, and possession of banned weapons like brass knuckles and butterfly knives. Police seized about a hundred weapons at the crime scene

Sergeant Patrick Swanton, a spokesman for the Waco Police Department, called the attendees. “A bunch of criminal element biker members that came to Waco and tried to instill violence into our community and unfortunately did just that…. This is not a bunch of doctors and dentists and lawyers riding Harleys. These are criminals on Harley-Davidsons.”
The Restaurant Did It
The Texas Region One COC and Independents meeting was scheduled to begin at one p.m. The fight began about 12:15. Local police had urged the restaurant, a Hooters knock-off called Twin Peaks, to refuse service to bikers. Waco police claim the violence could have prevented if Jay Patel, the operating partner at the independently owned Waco franchise, had simply banned the Confederation of Clubs from meeting there. In a statement Sunday, Patel said “our management team had had ongoing and positive communications with the police.”
Sergeant Swanton said, “What occurred here today is the worst-case scenario when a business owner puts profit over human lives. It’s sad. This could have all been avoided.”
The restaurant has been sponsoring a bike night on Thursdays. Local police have been trying to convince the management to stop that, too. It is legal in Texas, as it is in most states, to ban the display of motorcycle club patches in public establishments. “They were aware that there were issues here,” Swanton said. “It was local management here. We told them of the issues, we tried to get assistance in reference to dealing with these crowds but they would not cooperate.”
Today, Front Burner Restaurants, which owns the Twin Peaks chain, announced it was cancelling the Waco restaurant’s franchise agreement.
“We are in the people business and the safety of the employees and guests in our restaurants is priority one,” the announcement said.
“Unfortunately the management team of the franchised restaurant in Waco chose to ignore the warnings and advice from both the police and our company, and did not uphold the high security standards we have in place to ensure everyone is safe at our restaurants.
“We will not tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and are revoking their franchise agreement immediately. Our sympathies continue to be with the families of those who died and are very thankful no employees, guests, police officers or bystanders were hurt or injured.”
Swanton said, “That’s a good thing for law enforcement here. That is one issue that we don’t have to worry about – people coming in and creating another incident after the tragic incident we had last night.”
When the restaurant refused to ban the Confederation of Clubs, police stationed at least 22 cops including ten Swat officers from the Waco P.D. and the Texas Department of Public Safety in the parking lot outside the restaurant. They did not station either uniformed or plain clothes officers in the restaurant.
The shove in the bathroom became a scuffle in the restaurant. When about 30 Bandidos, Cossacks, Scimitars and other bikers spilled into the parking between the Twin peaks and the Don Carlos Mexican restaurant next door, the police were waiting for them. The scuffle became a knife fight and several men were stabbed. When one of the combatants produced a gun the Swat team opened fire with automatic weapons. Multiple sources have told The Aging Rebel that all of the dead were killed by police.
Swanton said the fusillade “saved lives in keeping this from spilling into a very busy Sunday morning. Thank goodness the officers were here and took the action that they needed to take to save numerous lives.”
The investigation into the massacre is being supervised by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Since the massacre, police have announced that there is “credible information about threats toward law enforcement.” Waco police issued a bulletin at 10:13 Sunday night that announced: “Our agency has recieved (sic) information that the Cosaks (sic) and Banditos (sic) have issued an order to kill anyone in uniform.”
And here’s the comment raising relevant questions:
Thanks for the well written article. It’s important to note what the LEOs spokesperson has NOT said thus far. The list of questions unanswered is staggering, and speaks to the level of spin being applied here. Keep in mind that there is an unprecedented level of containment by the Waco PD on the facts so far, despite some well-staged press events. It’s likely those present will not speak out in public either so the truth seems to be the first casualty here.
So far unasked/ unanswered by LEOs:
Did the restaurant or surrounding businesses have cameras operating?
Did the cops have body cams or dash cams operating?
Did the cops have undercover video or audio operating inside the building or on the patio?
Was a warrant obtained, if so?
Were there undercover officers inside the building, inside the MC clubs, inside the bathroom?
How many rounds/shots did the cops fire, and from what type of firearms?
How many cops shot their fireams? How many on scene did NOT?
How many off duty cops were present and fired their firearms?
How many of the off duty officers present were in plain clothing?
How many of these plain clothes officers entered the restaurant prior to the incident?
How many off duty cops were already wearing body armor when they happened to be there?
How many of the off duty officers happened to have automatic weapons with them that day?
How many bikers face assault charges? How many of those arrested were found carrying handguns? How many of those were legal? How many of those were illegal?
How many of the deceased were shot in the back? How many, if any firearms were found near the bodies of the deceased?
Is there a single firearm that has been traced to a known biker on the scene?
How many cop cars have bullet holes in them?
Why were the media kept so far back as to not be able to take pictures of any of the supposed 100 weapons found scattered around, or the items found neat or on the bodies?
Since when is a wallet chain a weapon?
How many wings does it take to fly above the bullshit here?
and so on.
Nine men are dead, and 18 more wounded. Historically this is unprecedented for a single day’s list of casualties. What policy and practices led to this tragedy and when will the public be invited to weigh in on such tactics?
When do we get the truth? When will there be justice instead of oppression?
Condolences and respect for all deserving same.
The bikers on the source site are asking all sorts of relevant questions and offering relevant insights.