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  • Seventh indictment unsealed in Twin Peaks case [Waco]

    11/26/2015 4:05:26 AM PST · by don-o · 55 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | November 25, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Eight of nine bikers named in sealed indictments two weeks ago for their alleged roles in the Twin Peaks shootout have been taken into custody, while the last one remains at large. The nine were among 106 bikers indicted Nov. 10 on first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges. The nine were indicted under seal because they had not been arrested before the grand jury session. On Wednesday, McLennan County District Clerk Jon Gimble unsealed the indictment charging Cory McAlister, 36, of Ore City. McAlister was taken into custody last week, but his indictment was not unsealed until Wednesday....
  • Discovery items suggest cops shot people as they crawled, where they fell

    11/24/2015 4:40:38 PM PST · by Elderberry · 41 replies
    RadioLegendary ^ | 11/24/2015
    AUTOPSY REPORTS AN AMERICAN GOTHIC OF PAIN, SORROW "We don't want to distrust our law enforcement so much that we live in fear of getting shot on a lazy Sunday afternoon." - an investigator Waco - No one associated with the community of grieving bikers and their families touched by the tragedy of a police "shoot-out" at Twin Peaks on May 17 is surprised by the facts as they trickle out in dribs and drabs. Calling certain items "discovery" is as ridiculous as the ethnocentric notion that Columbus "discovered" a civilization that had an advanced architecture, celestial observatories, calendars and...
  • Video discovery from officer’s car implicated in shooting must await ‘analysis’ – agreement

    11/24/2015 1:34:36 PM PST · by don-o · 17 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | November 23, 2015
    Six Shooter Junction - Video from DPS pole cameras and in-car video from Waco Police Officer Michael Bucher's unit will not be provided until "after analysis" if attorneys sign an extensive "agreement on discovery and nondisclosure of evidence," an examination of the proffered document shows. Officer Michael Bucher is an alleged shooter involved in the rifle fire of Waco Police Officers on May 17 at Twin Peaks Restaurant at a Confederation of Clubs meeting that left 9 dead, 20 wounded, and the arrest of 177 persons. A Grand Jury in November cleared he and two other officers of any wrongdoing...
  • Abel Reyna’s Safe Space

    11/21/2015 5:44:50 AM PST · by Elderberry · 7 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 11/20/2015
    Not even the Waco Tribune-Herald can tease McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna (see video below) out of his safe space. "Safe space" became the official, trending buzzword this month after student protesters at the University of Missouri in Columbia declared that an encampment they had set up was a "safe space," and therefore a news media free zone. Protesters forbid a student photographer named Tim Tai, on assignment for ESPN, from photographing the encampment. Tai tried to explain that he was working for ESPN and futilely argued that "the First Amendment protects your right to be here and mine."...
  • 6 Months ago today – NCOM Christian Unity Statement on Waco

    11/20/2015 6:47:50 PM PST · by Elderberry · 1 replies
    christiansanonymous ^ | 11/20/2015 | Louie Nobs
    On any given weekend, in a city, in any state of the union, groups of motorcyclists will be meeting in a restaurant or bar for a Confederation of Clubs meeting. The Goals of Confederation of Clubs are to bring patch holders together, communication between clubs, and a judicial coming together to protect our rights through the courts. They also work with local and state Motorcycle Rights Organizations and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists on legislative issues. Confederation of Clubs have autonomous leadership, but hold one thing in common; they all belong to the National Coalition of Motorcyclists or NCOM. NCOM...
  • Shenanigans In Waco Biker Prosecution Raise Troubling Questions

    11/20/2015 4:21:16 PM PST · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    breitbartunmasked.com ^ | 11/20/2015 | Matt Osborne
    Images of bikers sitting on curbs waiting to be processed might have captivated the nation after the shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas this May, but evidence in the resulting criminal case is a closely-guarded secret. Of the 177 men arrested in May, 106 were indicted by a grand jury. Now, in a very unusual move that appears to violate Texas state law, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has tried to keep evidence from reaching the public by making defendants' attorneys sign an agreement not to share it with the media. Citing the Michael Morton Act,...
  • Twin Peaks bikers' lawyers contest DA Reyna's discovery waiver [Waco]

    11/20/2015 12:46:34 PM PST · by don-o · 63 replies
    AP via Waco Tribune Herald ^ | November 19, 2015
    WACO - Defense attorneys representing bikers who were arrested after a shooting outside a Texas restaurant say they don't have access to key evidence because they refuse to sign the district attorney's unusual agreement to not share it with media.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Biker From Waco Shootout Shares Story

    11/20/2015 7:31:42 AM PST · by don-o · 26 replies
    cbsdfw ^ | November 19, 2015 | J.D. Miles
    BALCH SPRINGS (CBSDFW.COM) - A lawsuit filed by a Balch Springs man raises serious questions about the police investigation into the shootout that left nine bikers dead outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. That man claims that authorities are prosecuting him even though police admit that they have no evidence of his involvement. It has been six months since that motorcycle trip to Waco left George Bergman out of money, out of work and in jail. The 48-year-old parked his bike at Twin Peaks and was walking to a restroom at the neighboring restaurant when he heard shots.
  • Attorneys for Twin Peaks bikers rally at Hilton [Waco]

    11/19/2015 5:32:34 PM PST · by don-o · 14 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | November 19, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    About 30 defense attorneys representing bikers arrested in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout called for McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna to provide them with solid evidence against their clients or to dismiss the cases in the interest of justice. Flanked with a backdrop of more than two dozen lawyers, attorneys Susan Criss, a former prosecutor and state district judge from Galveston, and Dallas attorney Susan Anderson presided over a press conference Thursday at the Waco Hilton that featured a lot of bluster but very little new information. Criss and Anderson continued to sound what has become a common...
  • Attorneys Representing Biker Clubs Deliver Statement Thursday in Waco

    11/19/2015 3:39:42 PM PST · by Elderberry · 29 replies
    NBCDFW.com ^ | 11/19/2015 | Jeff Smith
    Thirty defense attorneys representing most of the 106 people charged in connection with the deadly Waco Twin Peaks shootout are asking for charges to be dropped. The May 17 shootout between rival biker clubs left nine people dead and 18 more hospitalized with stab or gunshot wounds. Police arrested 177 bikers after the shooting, and all of them had bond set at $1 million. Charitable Group for Veterans Banned in Texas Last week, a grand jury indicted 106 of the 177 bikers on charges of organized criminal activity with the intent to commit or conspire to commit murder, capital murder...
  • $265 million estimated cost of trying Twin Peaks cases indicted so far [Waco]

    11/19/2015 4:12:55 AM PST · by don-o · 30 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | November 18, 2015
    Waco - A Houston attorney representing a Twin Peaks defendant estimated in a motion for the "earliest possible" trial setting that it will require $265 million and a minimum of two years to try the 106 cases of engaging in organized criminal activity indicted thus far. Paul Looney based his estimate on a figure of $1,500 per hour to try a felony case in Harris County District Courts, assuming a three-day duration of each trial, at $2.5 million, gavel to gavel. Based on his argument before the 19th District Court, it is becoming very easy for the relatively unsophisticated observer...
  • Here Come The Lawsuits

    11/18/2015 4:04:11 PM PST · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 11/18/2015
    Five defendants in the Twin Peaks Massacre case filed suit for false arrest in the Austin Division of the federal Western District of Texas yesterday. The complaint names Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez, McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna and an as yet unnamed employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety as defendants. All five of the complainants have been indicted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity with the Intent to Commit or Conspire to Commit Murder, Capital Murder, or Aggravated Assault. Their names are Matthew Clendennen, George Bergman, Noe Adame, Rob Bucy and...
  • Four more civil rights lawsuits after Twin Peaks shooting arrests [Waco]

    11/18/2015 5:50:56 AM PST · by don-o · 41 replies
    KXXV-TV ^ | November 18, 2015 | Dustin Hoyt
    Four more bikers have filed civil rights lawsuits after their arrests following the Twin Peaks Biker Shootout in May of 2015. Robert Bucy, George Bergman, Noe Adame and Jorge Salinas have filed suit alongside Matthew Clendennen, claiming their constitutional rights were violated. 117 bikers were arrested and held on $1 million bond in the days after the shooting. The lawsuit names Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna and a currently unnamed trooper with the Department of Public Safety as defendants. All five bikers are asking for a jury trial, damages...
  • Six Month Anniversary of Twin Peaks Shooting [Waco]

    11/18/2015 5:28:24 AM PST · by don-o · 8 replies
    KCEN-TV ^ | November 17, 2015 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO -- Tuesday was the sixth month anniversary of the Twin Peaks Shooting, one of the deadliest days Waco has ever seen. Around noon on May 17, 2015 nine bikers were killed and at least 18 more were wounded in the shootout at the Waco restaurant. Many believe not enough has been done in the past six months, while others say justice takes time. The time has been filled with lawsuits, conspiracy theories, threats, video leaks and rallies. A week prior, out of the 106 cases presented to a Waco grand jury, 106 bikers were indicted for engaging in organized...
  • Looney In A Hurry

    11/18/2015 3:57:33 AM PST · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 11/17/2015
    Paul Looney, the Houston lawyer who is representing a Cossacks Motorcycle Club member named Cody Ledbetter against a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity, dared 19th State District Court Judge Ralph Strother to knock the chip off his shoulder yesterday. Simultaneously, Dane Schiller of the Houston Chronicle published an 830 word feature about the motion that claimed Looney was "making an offer that he says saves time and money and heads off the 'quagmire' of trying to prosecute at least 106 people charged in the case." Then Looney's office sent out a press release. Looney's thousand word motion argues...
  • Cruz denounces officials 'holding up police officers for vilification'

    11/17/2015 3:37:43 PM PST · by Isara · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/17/15 | Ryan Lovelace
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz admonished the Obama administration's interactions with law enforcement as creating a culture where police officers feel under attack. Cruz chaired a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Tuesday titled, "The war on police: How the federal government undermines state and local law enforcement." While Cruz was back in Washington, D.C., on official business, the senator wasted little time using the heated rhetoric he vents from the stump on the campaign trail. "Everyone here agrees that we should enforce the law and we should vigorously enforce America's civil rights laws. In any government organization, there can be bad...
  • Attorney: Flawed prosecution theory will cost county millions in Twin Peaks biker cases [Waco]

    11/17/2015 5:05:41 AM PST · by don-o · 28 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | November 16, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Waco biker indicted in the Twin Peaks shootout wants to go to trial first and as quickly as possible as a "test case" to prove that prosecutors are working under a "flawed" legal theory, the man;s attorney said Monday. Houston attorney Paul C. Looney, who represents Cody Ledbetter, filed a motion Monday requesting "the earliest possible trial setting" for Ledbetter, a 26-year-old auto mechanic and a member of the Cossacks biker group. Ledbetter was among 106 bikers indicted Nov. 10 on first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges. > MORE: Grand jury indicts 106 bikers in connection with...
  • Waco Sealed Indictments, The Real Story Directly From One of The 9

    11/16/2015 5:28:53 PM PST · by Elderberry · 11 replies
    motorcycleprofilingproject ^ | 11/16/2015 | David "Double D" Devereaux
    <p>There is a lot of speculation relating to the 9 sealed indictments among the 106 indictments handed down by the Waco Grand Jury last week. The MPP received the following message from one of the 9 individuals that may provide some clarity.</p>

    11/16/2015 5:14:38 AM PST · by Elderberry · 34 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 11/13/2015 | Lana Shadwick
    A Texas lawyer posted the "cookie cutter" comment on Facebook and added, "The only evidence possibly presented would be that they were wearing club colors." The indicted motorcycle enthusiasts were part of the 177 bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks restaurant shootings in May. As reported by Breitbart Texas, the McLennan County grand jury took just nine hours on Tuesday to indict all 106 Twin Peaks bikers in cases presented to them during their session. The grand jury indicted all 106 for the crime of engaging in organized criminal activity under a Texas criminal statute relating to a "criminal street...
  • The troubling nature of the Waco indictments

    11/15/2015 4:23:27 AM PST · by don-o · 27 replies
    Austin Statesman ^ | November 14, 2015 | Jody Seaborn
    A McLennan County grand jury has indicted 106 bikers who were arrested May 17 after a shootout outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco that killed nine people and wounded 20. Curiously, nine of the 106 people indicted last week were not among the 177 people arrested six months ago, according to The Associated Press. AP reported that none of nine has been arrested. McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna has said the grand jury will return to consider charges against the other 80 bikers arrested six months ago, possibly as soon as Wednesday. The indictments allege that the 106...
  • Bikers move 'Sink Swanton' rally because of rain threat [Waco]

    11/14/2015 5:04:25 AM PST · by don-o · 3 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | November 13. 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The time and location of a biker rally aimed at throttling Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton’s campaign for McLennan County sheriff have been changed. The “Sink Swanton” gathering will now be at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the American Legion Post 121 at 722 Leroy Parkway in Elm Mott. The rally previously had been set for Sunday morning at the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot on Washington Avenue but the threat of inclement weather forced the event to move, organizers said. The rally is being organized by Mel Moss, 67, a Vietnam-era veteran from Tarrant County and co-founder and president...
  • Which bikers were shot by Waco Police? Six months later, mystery remains

    11/12/2015 9:36:28 AM PST · by don-o · 47 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 12, 2015 | Dane Schiller
    Even as the nation wrestles with fatal police shootings, one thing has been a constant: authorities share their version of events in a timely manner. It has been six months since the infamous biker melee at Twin Peaks in which nine people were killed, at least 18 wounded, and 177 arrested on charges of engaging in organized crime but the mystery remains: How many of the dead or wounded were shot by officers? Defense lawyers say the answer is not among of the reams of documents, photos, surveillance videos and autopsies they have been allowed to review in the case....
  • 'Unclean hands' prompt emergent motion in high court of criminal appeals

    11/12/2015 8:07:09 AM PST · by don-o · 2 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | November 11. 2015
    Austin - The confrontation was brief and bombastic; it took place while attorneys waited for a visiting judge to arrive for a hearing on whether Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson should recuse himself. Michael Jarrett, chief prosecutor and lead assistant in the Twin Peaks prosecutions of 177 persons charged with the offense of engaging in organized criminal activity for their presence at a political meeting focusing on pending handgun legislation that turned deadly when Waco Police gunned down 9 persons and wounded an additional 20, called out Dallas lawyer F. Clinton Broden. You've violated every protective order out there....
  • 106 Indictments Handed Down in Waco Twin Peaks Biker Shootout

    11/12/2015 6:09:52 AM PST · by don-o · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 11. 2015 | DAVE MONTGOMERY
    AUSTIN - A biker shootout in Waco, Tex., that left nine people dead and nearly 20 wounded in May has resulted in 106 felony indictments, and Central Texas prosecutors say more indictments are likely in the protracted investigation. A total of 177 people were arrested in the shootout on May 17 at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, and the McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna served noticed that his office was poised to seek indictments against as many 71 others who were not named in the first round of indictments returned by a grand jury Tuesday. "This is just...
  • Understanding The Waco Grand Jury Indictments- Does The 1st Amendment Exist in Texas?

    11/12/2015 6:04:15 AM PST · by Elderberry · 14 replies
    Motorcycle Profiling Project ^ | 11/11/2015 | David "Double D" Devereaux
    The Waco Grand Jury indictments on 106 individuals for engaging in organized crime are not convictions. The Grand Jury only determines whether the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to indict. The Grand Jury only hears from the prosecutor, no defense attorneys are allowed, and does not make a determination on guilt. As examining trials made clear, the basis of the prosecutor’s argument in many of these case relies solely on an individual’s association with a motorcycle club that that had members accused of committing a crime on May 17th. These indictments based solely on association, particularly the cases where the prosecutor...
  • With Waco indictments, pressure on to make a deal

    11/12/2015 5:57:51 AM PST · by Elderberry · 43 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 11/11/2015 | Dane Schiller
    The day after dozens of bikers were indicted after a deadly brawl in Waco, many of them are likely to be considering making a deal, experts said, potentially giving up their biker brothers when faced with a long prison sentence. Prosecutors in McLellan County indicted 106 bikers on Tuesday on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity, some six months after a melee at a Twin Peaks that left nine dead and at least 18 wounded. If convicted, they face the prospect of 15 years to life. Many of the bikers indicted likely didn't throw a punch or fire a...
  • Questions, Answers About Waco Biker Case Indictments

    11/11/2015 4:04:23 PM PST · by Elderberry · 26 replies
    abc NEWS ^ | 11/11/2015 | Emily Schmall
    A grand jury has now returned indictments alleging that 106 bikers arrested after a deadly shootout outside a Waco, Texas, restaurant were engaged in organized criminal activity. Nine people died and 20 were injured during the May 17 shootout between police and bikers outside a Twin Peaks restaurant, a conflict authorities say arose from an apparent confrontation between the Bandidos and the Cossacks motorcycle clubs. Authorities rounded up 177 people at the time. Of the 106 indictments, nine were sealed because the defendants were not among the 177 and have not been arrested yet.
  • 106 People Indicted in Waco Biker Brawl That Killed Nine (Waco)

    11/10/2015 6:51:16 PM PST · by don-o · 179 replies
    NBC ^ | November 10, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    A Texas grand jury returned indictments Tuesday against 106 of the 177 people who were arrested after a shootout between cops and members of two motorcycle clubs left nine people dead at a Waco restaurant in May. The McLennan County grand jury returned true bills accusing the 106 suspects of engaging in organized criminal activity, with the underlying offenses being murder and aggravated assault, District Attorney Abel Reyna said Tuesday night in Waco. Charges against the 71 other suspects weren't presented Tuesday but will be "at a later time," Reyna said.
  • Grand jury hearing Twin Peaks shootout evidence

    11/10/2015 2:44:58 PM PST · by Elderberry · 8 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/10/2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Update, 11:12 a.m.: Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Frazier entered the locked district attorney’s office and walked toward the grand jury chambers. He left a few minutes later and said on his way out that his presence had nothing to do with the grand jury. Original story: A McLennan County grand jury is considering evidence this morning from the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout that left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded. For the first time ever, the grand jury is meeting in a newly renovated room in the district attorney’s office on the fourth floor of the courthouse annex. The...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Biker massacre which killed nine in shoot-out started because of parking rage...(Waco)

    11/09/2015 9:04:57 AM PST · by don-o · 137 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 9, 2015 | Shekhar Bhatia In Waco, Texas For Dailymail.com
    It was a gun battle that shocked the nation and left nine people dead, twenty wounded and 177 under arrest. Now six months since the biker massacre at the Twin Peaks 'breastaurant' in Waco, Daily Mail Online can reveal the immediate cause of the violence - and how police are accused of having allowed it to happen. Remarkably, nobody has been charged with murder despite the scale of death and injury, and the fact that 177 people were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the massacre. The background to the shootings can also now be laid bare - and with...
  • Grand jury to start hearing Twin Peaks biker cases next week

    11/05/2015 6:03:23 PM PST · by Elderberry · 55 replies
    WacoTrib ^ | 11/5/2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    McLennan County grand jury headed by an Iraq War combat veteran will begin hearing evidence next week in cases related to the May 17 Twin Peaks melee in which nine bikers were killed and 177 were jailed, according to courthouse sources. The 12-person panel, summoned in a specially-called meeting, will assemble Tuesday morning, and prosecutors will begin presenting evidence from the Twin Peaks incident, the sources who spoke on condition of anonymity said. Grand juries in McLennan County routinely meet twice a month on Wednesdays. However, because Wednesday is Veterans Day, the grand jury was asked to meet Tuesday. If...
  • Poll: Voters Are Not Very Excited About Hillary Clinton

    11/05/2015 7:00:43 AM PST · by SteveinSATX · 9 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 3, 2015 | Andrew Stiles
    American voters are not very excited about Hillary Clinton, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Democrats still view her favorably, and she’s still leading a pathetic field by a wide margin, but on questions of character and personality, the American public gives her some pretty horrendous reviews. Likability (33% positive)Honesty (27% positive)
  • Waco Coverup Unraveling

    11/04/2015 6:44:26 AM PST · by Elderberry · 171 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 11/3/2015
    According to a usually informed source, both CNN and The Associated Press are in possession of previously unreleased evidence related to the Twin Peaks Massacre last May. The evidence has been presented to a grand jury currently convened in McLennan County and includes materials that have not yet been discovered to defense attorneys in the case. The evidence includes an affidavit by a Waco police detective who testified that a Texas Department of Public Safety “covert camera” recorded a member of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club “executing” a member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. At a bond reduction hearing on June...
  • The 30 Second Video (Waco)

    11/03/2015 6:04:24 AM PST · by don-o · 5 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | November 2, 2015
    Last week’s hyperbolized release of surveillance video taken on the patio of the Waco Twin Peaks on May 17 hardly qualifies as evidence of anything. CNN correspondent Ed Lavandera reports that “a fight and shootout erupts just off camera…. The reaction tells the story of the chaos and horrific scene that unfolds as the gunshots start exploding.” There might be more to the story than CNN can see. Just before an edit, a couple of Cossacks climb over the railing toward the confrontation. After the edit, Cossacks scramble over the railing back to the now deserted patio. One Cossack draws...
  • EDITORIAL: Newly leaked footage of Twin Peaks bikers offers drama but little useful context

    11/01/2015 9:37:01 AM PST · by don-o · 20 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | November 1, 2015
    If the mysteriously leaked Twin Peaks restaurant video of bikers reacting to an eruption of parking-lot violence resonates dramatically, it’s because we’re mindful of basic facts in the May 17 shootout: nine dead, 177 jailed, many arrested because of state law that, yes, allows certain arrests based on criminal gang tattoos and insignia. And if footage of bikers scrambling behind tables and chairs, some drawing weapons, one firing a gun, resonates, it’s because of vivid coverage such as Trib reporting drawn from affidavits issued when some bikers’ vehicles were subsequently seized. The evidence suggests a deadly ambush involving rival motorcycle...
  • Last Person Jailed in Waco Biker Shooting to Be Released

    11/01/2015 4:33:33 AM PST · by don-o · 76 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | November 1, 2015 | EMILY SCHMALL
    The last person jailed in connection with a deadly shootout among bikers and police outside a Waco restaurant was poised to be released from jail Saturday, more than five months after authorities rounded up 177 people from the crime scene and initially held them on $1 million bonds on charges of engaging in organized criminal activity.
  • What Does New Video of the Waco Biker Shooting Really Show?

    10/31/2015 9:00:54 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    Texas Standard ^ | October 30, 2015 | Rhonda Fanning
    On May 17 there was a shootout at the Waco strip mall restaurant, Twin Peaks. The world was led to believe that, as the Dallas Morning News puts it, nine deaths and 22 injuries were the result of hardened criminal thugs waging a deadly turf battle. There were 177 bikers arrested with a bond set for their release at $1 million dollars each. So far, not a single person has been formally charged, and there’s a gag order on the case. No officials are talking. In fact, nothing about the incident – photos, videos, text messages, ballistics reports, has been...
  • Biker Shootout Or Police Abuse

    10/30/2015 7:15:26 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 9 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/30/2015
    Whoever released the video featured in a CNN report by correspondent Ed Lavandera yesterday titled "Knives, guns, blood and fear: Inside the Texas biker shootout" remains a stone cold whodunit. Although cynics might take the caption in the upper right corner that read "Waco Police Department” for a clue, Waco police spokesman W. Patrick Swanton assured the Waco Tribune-Herald that the source that "leaked" the video was probably "an attorney who got it through discovery." Maybe. Not all of the defense attorneys in the case are Perry Mason, or even Clint Broden or, for that matter, Paul Looney. Some of...
  • Leaked Twin Peaks Videos: Effect Remains Unknown [Waco]

    10/30/2015 4:39:22 AM PDT · by don-o · 45 replies
    KCEN-TV ^ | October 29, 2015 | Rissa Shaw
    WACO -- CNN has released video footage taken the day of the Twin Peaks biker massacre. Who leaked it to the media, remains a mystery, however. So does the effect it will have on the cases of the 170-plus bikers who were arrested on May 17th after nine people were killed in a turf war between rival biker gangs. Waco law enforcement is standing united regarding the leak. "It's not going to impact us 'cuz we (Waco PD) didn't release it. It's not going to impact the District Attorney's Office 'cuz they didn't release it," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton, Public...
  • Knives, guns, blood and fear: Inside the Texas biker shootout

    10/29/2015 3:54:23 PM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2015 | Ann O'Neill, Ed Lavandera and Jason Morris, CNN
    See special reports on the Texas biker brawl from CNN's Ed Lavandera during "Erin Burnett OutFront" and "Anderson Cooper 360" at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET Thursday. Waco, Texas (CNN)After the guns fell silent on May 17 -- one of the bloodiest afternoons in the history of American motorcycle clubs -- nine bikers lay dead in a strip mall parking lot littered with weapons. Many more were injured, bleeding from gunshots and knife wounds. A police officer asked what every other cop there must have wondered at that moment: How many of you are armed? "I asked anybody who...
  • CNN video shows footage, crime scene photos of Twin Peaks melee

    10/29/2015 2:32:50 PM PDT · by don-o · 12 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | October 29, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    Despite months of failed media attempts to obtain video footage and crime scene photos of the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout that killed 9 men and injured another 20 people, CNN released video evidence Thursday. The footage is consistent with early police descriptions of weapons hidden between sacks of flour and bags of tortilla chips. They were allegedly in vehicles, tucked in benches, strewn across the floor, in kitchen stoves, thrown into trashcans and stuffed in toilets. Among the weapons and blood spatters were half-eaten burgers, beer bottles covered in gang-symbol koozies and half-drunk margaritas. CNN’s video footage shows men...
  • CNN Releases Alleged Twin Peaks Video/Photos

    10/29/2015 2:00:03 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 12 replies
    Waco Police Department Facebook Account | Oct 29, 2015 | Sgt. Patrick Swanton
    Media Release #1022 CNN Releases Alleged Twin Peaks Video/Photos In reference to the CNN release of video and crime scene photographs that appear to be from the Twin Peaks Incident, neither Waco Police Department nor the McLennan County District Attorney Office released those to any media outlets. CNN has stated that “they” put the Waco Police Department graphic at the top of the video which indicated we released it. Again, we did not. They have now removed that graphic as the video is not attributed to us and CNN is in the process of updating their sites. There is a...
  • Surveillance video shows Waco biker shooting

    10/29/2015 9:53:43 AM PDT · by don-o · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | October 29, 2015
    Surveillance video from Waco, Texas, shows the shootout between police and biker clubs that ended with nine dead and 177 arrested in May.
  • McLennan County grand jury indictments: Oct. 28, 2015 [Waco]

    10/29/2015 6:23:41 AM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | October 29, 2015
    The following people were indicted Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015 by a McLennan County grand jury. The District Attorney’s Office no longer furnishes the age or city of residence of the people on this list. snip Donzavier Thompson, engaging in organized criminal activity Dazavion Gabriel Roshun Crane, engaging in organized criminal activity Marcus Jumel Anderson, engaging in organized criminal activity
  • Waco Day 164

    10/27/2015 5:18:08 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 5 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/27/2015
    Today the Dallas Morning News published an editorial under a headline that read in part, biker gangs earning more trust than prosecutors. Right after the May 17 motorcycle-gang shootout in Waco, the editorial squeaks, this newspapers inclination was to believe law enforcers account that the nine deaths and 22 injuries were the result of hardened criminal thugs waging a deadly turf battle. But the longer this bizarre case plays out, the more credible the bikers look, and the more it appears that McLennan County officials have something to hide. If you think you get through the Morning News obvious insights...
  • Commissioners approve Twin Peaks-related funding [Waco]

    10/27/2015 12:36:14 PM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    Waco Tribune Herald ^ | October 27, 2015 | Cassie Smith
    McLennan County commissioners on Tuesday approved moving $10,000 to a fund designated for costs associated with the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. The action was the first time the court shifted funds to that specific line item in the budget. County Auditor Stan Chambers said commissioners created a item in the budget for Twin Peaks-related expenses during the fiscal year 2016 budget discussions. Chambers said District Attorney Abel Reyna asked for the budget line to be included. He wanted to have a separate line item because he was expecting there would be a lot of requests for information, Chambers said....
  • White House Suggests FBI Director Thinks Cops Are Shirkers And Cowards

    10/27/2015 7:18:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 27, 2015 | Neil Munro
    White House officials are aggressively pushing back at FBI director James Comeys remarkablealthough indirectpublic criticism of President Barack Obamas crime policies.
  • Police On The Roof

    10/26/2015 8:30:13 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 24 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | 10/26/2015
    A lawsuit filed last week against the owners of the Waco Twin Peaks alleges that before the first shot was fired, occupiedthe rooftop of a neighboring restaurant. The suit was filed on behalf of the widow, children and parents of Matthew Mark Smith, a member of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and a former member of the Scimitars Motorcycle Club. Smith was shot once in the upper right back by a jacketed projectile that left a quarter inch hole. That would be consistent with a projectile fired by an FN P90 or an M16 both of which were carried by police...
  • Editorial: In Waco case, biker gangs earning more trust than prosecutors

    10/26/2015 3:01:29 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 22 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 26 October 2015 | Editor
    Right after the May 17 motorcycle-gang shootout in Waco, this newspapers inclination was to believe law enforcers account that the nine deaths and 22 injuries were the result of hardened criminal thugs waging a deadly turf battle. But the longer this bizarre case plays out, the more credible the bikers look, and the more it appears that McLennan County officials have something to hide. ...
  • DAs office violates Public Information Act on Twin Peaks request [Waco]

    10/26/2015 4:31:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 17 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | October 24, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The Texas Attorney Generals Office notified McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna this month that his office violated the Texas Public Information Act when it failed to provide text messages related to the DAs response to the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout. A former sheriffs deputy says Reynas office has violated the act at least three times on requests he has filed. In a letter dated Oct. 13, Assistant Attorney General Lance Kutnick informs Reyna that his office violated the act and that he has four days to cure the violation. Randall Scott Gates, a retired law enforcement officer and...