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  • Waco Bikers And The Blackstone Ratio

    06/29/2015 8:23:31 AM PDT · by don-o · 70 replies
    Motorcycle Profiling Project ^ | June 12, 2015 | David Devereaux
    All presumptive evidence of felony should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party suffer.” Why Do The Due Process Concerns Of Innocents Outweigh The State Interest Of Convicting Those That Are Responsible For The Shooting In Waco? The Blackstone Ratio, a concept attributed to a famous jurist of the 1860’s named Sir William Blackstone, is commonly accepted as a cornerstone of civil liberties and a free society. Closely related to the idea that an individual is innocent until proven guilty, the Blackstone Ratio means that democratic societies do...
  • Bail bond, ankle monitor companies see bonanza from biker arrests

    06/29/2015 3:31:22 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 2 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | June 28, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The May 17 war zone around Twin Peaks cost lives, liberties and livelihoods, but local companies monitoring GPS ankle bracelets and writing bail bonds have enjoyed a virtual biker bonanza in recent months. While McLennan County officials have been trying to sort out how to deal with the multiple ripple effects from the shootout and mass arrests of 177 bikers, Waco’s Recovery Healthcare Corp. and local bail bond companies have chalked up banner profits. As of Friday, of the 177 arrested, three posted $1 million bonds and 163 were released from jail after their attorneys and prosecutors negotiated reduced bonds...
  • Hearing about Twin Peaks video subpoena set for Tuesday

    06/26/2015 8:49:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 28 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 26, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A Dallas attorney who is seeking the video of the May 17 biker shootout from Twin Peaks filed a motion Friday to sanction the city of Waco for filing what he called a “frivolous” motion to quash the subpoena for the video. Dallas attorney Clint Broden, who represents Matthew Alan Clendennen, a member of the Scimitars Motorcycle Club, obtained a subpoena for the shootout video Monday and said Patrick Keating, a Dallas attorney who represents the Twin Peaks franchisee, had agreed to honor that subpoena on Friday morning. Broden, other attorneys and many from the general public have called for...
  • Waco officials seek to quash subpoena issued for Twin Peaks video

    06/25/2015 4:33:52 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 147 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | June 25, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    The city of Waco is seeking to quash a subpoena issued to the former Waco Twin Peaks franchise holder for video of the May 17 shootout that left nine bikers dead and 20 wounded. Dallas attorney Clint Broden, who represents Matthew Alan Clendennen, a member of the Scimitars Motorcycle Club, obtained a subpoena after speaking with Patrick Keating, a Dallas attorney who represents the Twin Peaks franchisee. Broden said he sought the video to help him prepare for an Aug. 10 examining trial set in Clendennen’s case in McLennan County Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson’s court. The subpoena...
  • Waco Police Twin Peaks Update #3

    06/25/2015 2:34:00 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 17 replies
    Waco Police Department Facebook account ^ | June 25, 2015 | Waco Police Department
    Twin Peaks Update #3 I’ve been asked for a timeline of the events leading up to the Twin Peaks Incident. In Mid-March, Waco PD personnel became aware of rising tensions between the Bandidos and Cossacks in the state and the Waco area. The two gangs, as classified by the Texas Department of Public Safety Gang Intel Unit, were increasing their violence against each other. It was reported that the increase was due to the Cossacks wearing a “Texas rocker patch” on their vests. As all of the violent events between these individuals has already been reported in detail and in...
  • Exclusive: Leaked Report Profiles Military, Police Members of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

    06/24/2015 8:54:28 AM PDT · by don-o · 44 replies
    The Intercept ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jana Winter and Jordan Smith
    Nuclear power plant technicians, senior military officers, FBI contractors and an employee of “a highly-secretive Department of Defense agency” with a Top Secret clearance. Those are just a few of the more than 100 people with sensitive military and government connections that law enforcement is tracking because they are linked to “outlaw motorcycle gangs.” A year before the deadly Texas shootout that killed nine people on May 17, a lengthy report by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives detailed the involvement of U.S. military personnel and government employees in outlaw motorcycle gangs, or OMGs. A copy of the...
  • Bandidos’ attorney: Police account of Twin Peaks shooting ‘false,’ ‘damaging’

    06/24/2015 4:37:11 AM PDT · by don-o · 104 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 23, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    The Bandidos Motorcycle Club released a statement Monday responding to police and other accounts of the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks that killed nine people, injured another 20 and landed 177 people in jail. Las Vegas attorney Stephen Stubbs, who said he is representing the national club solely for the purpose of constructing and distributing the release, called the violence “senseless, completely unnecessary and wrong.” Stubbs described statements made by the Waco Police Department as “untrue,” citing the list of weapons, which now totals 488 and could still increase, as misleadingly high. Police have said the list of weapons...
  • Bandidos Demand Waco Police Release Video, Autopsy Reports

    06/23/2015 6:45:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 392 replies
    5nbcdfw ^ | June 22, 2015
    The Bandidos Motorcycle Club called Monday for Waco police to share video and autopsy reports relating to a bloody melee that left nine people dead, 18 injured and 177 arrested. In a statement, Stephen Stubbs, an attorney representing the club, accuses the Waco Police Department of repeatedly misleading the press and public with false information and withholding evidence from the deadly shooting at Twin Peaks. “The release of the video and/or autopsy reports would simply clear up rampant misinformation,” Stubbs’ statement read. “If the Waco Police Department didn't want to interfere with the investigation or influence a potential jury pool,...
  • The Biker Battle of Twin Peaks: What Was That All About?

    06/22/2015 4:15:27 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 86 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 21, 2015 | Dana Goldstein
    If you thought violent biker gangs were a relic of the Altamont era, the shootout at a Waco, Texas, restaurant on May 17 might have come as a shock. A long-simmering beef between the Bandidos and Cossacks boiled over into gunfire. When police arrived at the scene, gang members shot at them too, leaving nine bikers dead, 18 people injured, and 170 suspects in police custody. Over 100 weapons have been confiscated. The scale of this incident dwarfs a typical urban gang confrontation, says Harold Pollack, co-director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and an expert on gangs and...
  • Visiting judge denies motion to recuse local judges in biker cases [Waco]

    06/22/2015 4:41:09 AM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 10, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    snip Shaver limited the scope of Reposa’s questions to the recusal issue, although Reposa tried to launch into an argument that the complaints against the bikers don’t actually allege the elements of a crime and are identical, creating the appearance that everyone there is guilty of the same criminal actions. “The judge obviously shut down where I was trying to go today, which is, if you read the complaint, then you see it doesn’t allege a cause of action,” Reposa said. “So I think the judge would agree you can’t hold someone on $1 million if they don’t allege a...
  • Life and death in Waco: A biker's story

    06/20/2015 12:21:51 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 87 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 20, 2015 | Dane Schiller
    WACO - On a recent Sunday, a Cossacks Motorcycle Club officer nicknamed Diesel sipped a Diet Dr Pepper on the patio of Twin Peaks and broke the news to his son, who was also a member. The 63 Cossacks and their supporters at the restaurant were not just waiting to have lunch with fellow bikers from around Central Texas. They had come for a special sit down with the Bandidos, to hash out an ongoing dispute. Before their meal arrived, Diesel was shot, execution-style, with two bullets to the back of his head. Cody Ledbetter, 26, survived the May 17...
  • Answers and evidence in Twin Peaks shootout delayed by case complexity, police caution

    06/20/2015 4:11:05 PM PDT · by don-o · 90 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 20, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    One month after the deadly May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks prompted the unprecedented mass arrests of 177 bikers, officials are releasing limited information and say disclosure of certain evidence, including videos of the incident, would compromise their investigation. The incident was of such a rare scale and variety that McLennan County officials had never experienced anything like it. Their response after the shooting stopped has been criticized from some corners and spawned at least one federal civil rights lawsuit and a judicial complaint. Now, as the media, bikers and their relatives push for answers, many questions remain unanswered because...
  • Judge Sullivan: Some Arrests at 2004 RNC Lacked Probable Cause [RE: Waco discussion]

    06/20/2015 4:29:40 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies
    S.D.N.Y. Blog ^ | October 3, 2012 | Jessica Holloway
    In a decision filed on Sunday, Judge Sullivan granted in part and denied in part the parties’ cross-motions for summary judgment in Dinler et al. v. City of New York – the consolidated actions brought by protesters arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City. The parties’ fifty motions addressed four issues: (1) whether the police had probable cause to arrest protesters and bystanders at a demonstration on Fulton Street on August 31, 2004; (2) whether the police had probable cause to arrest protesters and bystanders at a demonstration on East 16th Street on August 31, 2004;...
  • Law enforcement flock to Waco for gang conference

    06/19/2015 10:00:17 AM PDT · by don-o · 158 replies
    KXXV-TV ^ | June 19, 2015 | Grant Hermes
    MCLENNAN COUNTY - Law enforcement officials from across the country met at McLennan Community College for four days for a private conference about policing the growth of motorcycle gangs. The conference, put on by the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association out of St. Louis, MO, was scheduled before the Twin Peaks shooting May 17 after investigators saw rising tensions between motorcycle gangs on the rise in Central Texas. "We do a considerable amount of talking about these confederations and coalitions... and try to make them understand a little bit the motives behind these is other than what they advertise,"...
  • Biker shootout signals Balkanization of American Southwest

    06/19/2015 7:04:55 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 22 replies
    Radio Legendary ^ | June 18, 2015
    Waco – It’s official, signed, sealed, delivered, and filed in the District Clerk’s office. Petitions involving vehicle forfeiture cases to seize 17 motorcycles, 8 pickups and two SUV’s reveal the extent of the Balkanization of alleged criminal enterprises in the Southwest and central Texas. When members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club of San Antonio rolled onto the parking lot at the Twin Peaks restaurant shortly after high noon on May 17, Cossacks from chapters throughout the state were ready to rumble and waiting for them. Here’s why, according to an Associated Press pool report published by the local daily, which...
  • What Really Happened in the Waco Motorcycle Gang Massacre?

    06/19/2015 6:57:59 AM PDT · by don-o · 49 replies
    Reason ^ | June 18, 2015 | Brian Doherty
    One month ago yesterday, on the early afternoon of May 17, in and outside the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, a bevy of marauding motorcycle gangs who had gathered to create some sort of criminal trouble (the cops had already warned the restaurant to not let them meet there) began a wild melee of shooting at each other and at police. Nine people would eventually lose their lives, and 18 others were wounded. Waco police (including a SWAT team) and officers from the state Department of Public Safety–who were all already on the scene, aware of the potential for...
  • Waco Cell Phone Searches

    06/19/2015 4:59:01 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | June 18, 2015
    The black shroud the Waco Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives threw over the Twin Peaks Massacre 33 days ago leaks a little more light every day. The most interesting breaking information today comes from Dallas attorney F. Clinton Broden who has filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Scimitar Motorcycle Club member Matthew Clendennen against the City of Waco and McLennan County, Texas. Today Broden released a search warrant and search warrant affidavit for Clendennen’s cell phone. The two documents contain information that directly contradicts statements made by Waco Police last Friday and...
  • Dallas Bandido Opened Fire in Waco Shootout: Police

    06/18/2015 3:54:23 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 73 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | June 18, 2015 | Scott Gordon
    The leader of the Dallas County Bandidos motorcycle gang opened fire on rival bikers at a shootout in Waco last month, police claim in newly-released court documents. David Martinez, 45, pulled out a 32-caliber pistol, started shooting, and then hid the weapon in the back of someone else's car, police said. A search of his motorcycle later found a Glock 40-caliber handgun with a box of bullets, police said. Martinez is charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and was released from jail on $1 million bond. Even though the court records claim Martinez led the Dallas County Bandidos, jail...
  • Press Release:Waco PD Possibly Caught in a Lie–Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer

    06/18/2015 11:58:24 AM PDT · by Elderberry · 60 replies
    Press release from Defense Lawyer F. Clinton Broden on JusticeNewsFlash.Com ^ | June 18,2015 | Sarah Klein, Media contact for F. Clinton Broden, Esq. Broden, Mickelsen,Helms & Snipes LLP
    Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer F. Clinton Broden of the Dallas based criminal defense firm Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP obtained a copy of the search warrants issued on July 12, 2015 to search the mobile phones of the Waco bikers, including the mobile phone of his client (Matthew Clendennen), which were seized during their arrests on May 17, 2015. The Waco police department’s affidavits requesting these search warrants, like the criminal complaints used to arrest the 177 bikers in this case, were simply “fill in the name” documents without any individual probable cause.
  • Waco police rarely dispatched to Twin Peaks prior to biker shootout, records reveal

    06/18/2015 9:57:04 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 42 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | June 18, 2015 | Jason Sickles
    Patrol officers were seldom sent to investigate trouble at Twin Peaks restaurant prior to the May deadly biker shootout in Waco, Texas, records obtained by Yahoo News reveal. The scarce number of calls conflicts with how law enforcement portrayed the self-described “breastaurant” immediately after the brazen lunch-hour rampage. ...
  • Why Do So Many Bad Cops Get Off Easy? (Barf)

    06/18/2015 7:31:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    American police live in a place even more wondrous than the one you know from "A Prairie Home Companion." In Lake Wobegon, all the children are above average. In Police Land, every cop is a model citizen, including those who outwardly resemble criminals. When a cop thrashes or kills someone, the ensuing investigations almost always find that what the officer did was excusable, if not commendable. Jesus Christ would get tougher scrutiny from a band of angels than most cops do from the people who review their conduct. So it barely registered with most Americans last month when a Cleveland...
  • EDITORIAL: Waco police wise to keep public updated in controversial Twin Peaks saga

    06/18/2015 5:10:00 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 12 replies
    The Waco Police Department decision last week to attempt weekly press conferences updating the press and public on the latest information in the May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks that left nine dead and 177 bikers in jail is smart if overdue. One reason this saga is becoming increasingly controversial is that, in recent weeks, local authorities have let the biker community and its advocates get out in front of them in both questions and conjecture. That’s been a mistake. Many in the biker community raise legitimate questions, including the slow pace of bond-reduction hearings (more the province of the...
  • Vehicle forfeiture documents reveal new details about deadly biker shootout

    06/18/2015 5:02:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    Waco Herald-Tribune ^ | June 18, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    Documents supporting the seizure of 27 vehicles from those reportedly involved in the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout reveal new details of the escalating turf war between rival biker gangs and their support groups that clashed with deadly results after a motorcycle association meeting was moved from Austin to Waco. Prosecutors filed notices Tuesday of their intent to seize and forfeit 17 motorcycles, eight pickup trucks and two SUVs, alleging the vehicles are contraband used during the commission of the noon-hour incident that left nine bikers dead, 20 wounded and 177 jailed on engaging in organized criminal activity charges. anip...
  • Former SAPD detective arrested in Waco shootout breaks silence

    06/17/2015 6:47:07 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 58 replies
    KENS 5 ^ | June 17, 2015 | Dillon Collier
    SAN ANTONIO -- A former San Antonio Police detective arrested in connection to a fatal shootout in Waco last month broke his silence Wednesday, less than two weeks after being released from jail. Martin Lewis, 62, acknowledged he is a member of a Bandidos "support club" but adamantly denied he is a gang member. Lewis faces a felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity, after being present at a May 17 shootout at a Waco Twin Peaks. Nine people were killed and more than 170 people were arrested. "I could have been freaking killed," Lewis said off camera. He...
  • City of Waco Responds (Sort of) to Breitbart’s Twin Peaks Biker Open Record Request

    06/17/2015 11:32:16 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 77 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | June 17, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    Breitbart Texas must be excerpted... Breitbart Texas sent a Texas Public Information Act request to the City of Waco for certain enumerated information and videos related to the Twin Peaks biker arrests on May 17, 2105. The City of Waco responded to the request… sort of. ... On June 16, 2015, Breitbart Texas received an email response from the City of Waco. ... The 19 pages of incident reports included summaries and incident reports relating to only 13 of the arrestees. ...
  • Inside Twin Peaks: New Details Update Timeline of Deadly Waco Biker Brawl

    06/17/2015 9:56:59 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 118 replies
    ABC News ^ | May 21, 2015 | Olivia Smith
    ...At 12:24 p.m. Sunday, according to the AP, the first shots are fired and the video reportedly shows bikers, patrons and staff fleeing, running inside the restaurant. Some run into the bathroom and others go to the kitchen. At least three people reportedly were seen on the video with handguns. The video doesn’t show the parking lot where much of the violence occurred, the AP reported. The restaurant has said the fight began outside. Two minutes after the shooting starts, the footage shows police entering the restaurant with assault rifles...
  • McLennan County District Attorney Speaks on Deadly Brawl [For Waco background]

    06/17/2015 5:33:25 AM PDT · by don-o · 7 replies
    KCEN-TV ^ | May 21, 2015
    McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna addressed the deadly brawl for the first time on Wednesday. Reyna was at the scene with law enforcement on Sunday which is unusual. District attorneys and prosecutors don't normally get involved in the working of a scene, but Reyna says this one was definitely an exception. Reyna's office has been assisting Waco police and the McLennan County Sheriff's Office in any way it can. Reyna says it is still very early in the investigation. Once the investigation is complete and all of the evidence is processed, Reyna says Waco PD will provide his office...
  • Biker Arrested at Twin Peaks: "I Was Nothing More Than a Witness"

    06/17/2015 4:37:03 AM PDT · by don-o · 23 replies
    5nbcdfw ^ | June 15, 2015
    A biker arrested after the shootings at the Twin Peaks on May 17 that killed nine and left 18 injured in Waco said Monday he was falsely imprisoned for more than two weeks. "We're supposed to believe in our justice system and that it's supposed to operate in a way that protects us and also a way of 'innocent until proven guilty,'" said Matthew Alan Clendennen. "It seems very obvious here, they took the opposite approach, 'guilty until proven guilty.'" Clendennen, 30, a member of the Scimitar Motorcycle Club, said he researched the club before joining to see if there...
  • Killeen couple adjusting after Waco detention

    06/16/2015 5:07:40 PM PDT · by don-o · 76 replies
    Killeen Daily Herald ^ | June 14, 2015 | Clay Thorp
    Ester and Walter Weaver say they are not criminals. “I don’t even have so much as a speeding ticket to my name. Ever,” said Walter Weaver, an analyst at Fort Hood. “I’ve been driving since 1975.” But as they adjust to life after spending more than two weeks in jail following the May 17 Waco biker shootout, the Weavers are still reeling from their experience. “I was in the parking lot,” Walter said. “I was looking for (Ester). I didn’t see anything occur. I just heard the bullets. I’ve been a soldier since I was 18 years old. My first...
  • LAW AND ORDER EX-JUDGE SAYS ‘WACO 170’ ARRESTS RAISE RED FLAGS

    06/16/2015 4:56:36 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 40 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | June 16, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    A pro-law enforcement, pro-military, ex-judge and ex-federal prosecutor with 39 years of public service said he has “looked at the facts” and “there are many, many, red-flags in this case.” Mike Snipes represents Matthew Alan Clendennen, one of the “Waco 170” Twin Peaks bikers. He suggested that “the Department of Justice get involved in this case.” Breitbart Texas was in Waco on Monday when Snipes said, “I was a federal prosecutor for many years, very proud to have been in the department. They’ve got the kind of professionals that are needed to come down here and straighten this case out...
  • Biker Thug or Innocent Victim of Waco Police? Watch & Decide!

    06/16/2015 11:25:51 AM PDT · by don-o · 301 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | June 16, 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    The controversy over the Waco 170 continues as mre info comes out about the people who were arrested after the deadly May 15th shooting incident outside a biker event in Waco, Texas. Now with this exclusive interview with one of the arrested, you can make up your own mind. Did the Waco police overstep their authority and arrest innocent people? Or did they do the right thing and bust over 170 dangerous bikers? It’s one thing to read about it. Watch our interview with Matt Clendennen and if you can figure out who’s telling the truth: the police or the...
  • Judges Reduce Bonds for ‘Waco 170'; But Grab Guns of Club President

    06/16/2015 9:57:39 AM PDT · by don-o · 23 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | June 14, 2015 | Lana Shadwick
    Judge Ralph Strother, one of the judges who set $1 million bonds in the Twin Peaks biker cases, reduced the bond of the president of the local Waco, Texas, chapter of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club, but ordered that he turn over all of his guns. John Wilson has approximately 30 guns in his home. snip Wilson’s bond was reduced from $1 million to $100,000. The judge reduced the bond of the motorcycle club president, but ordered him to not congregate with other members of the club. This could prove problematic because Wilson owns a cycle shop, Legend Cycles, on Interstate...
  • Wife says husband was not involved in Waco shootout

    06/16/2015 4:40:51 AM PDT · by don-o · 127 replies
    Fox San Antonio ^ | May 26, 2015 | Darian Trotter
    Kenneth Carlisle is among the 30 San Antonio area men arrested in connection with the Waco biker shootout. Since that shootout, Lindsay Carlisle has been fighting to prove her husband wasn't involved. "This is has been beyond difficult. The worst nightmare of my entire life." Lindsay Carlisle is trying to hold it together for her family. She's paying all of the bills, while her husband Kenneth sits in the McClennan County Jail on a one million dollar bond. "What happened to be innocent until proven guilty? In this case that's not what's happening." It's been just more than a week...
  • Arrested Biker Speaks Out Against Police, Charges In Waco Shooting [Listen toaudio]

    06/15/2015 3:50:38 PM PDT · by don-o · 10 replies
    dfw,cbslocal ^ | June 15, 2015
    One of the bikers arrested last month in Waco is scoffing at the police chief’s contention that he had reason to jail over one hundred bikers on a $1 million bond. Matthew Clendennen wants the U.S. Department of Justice to look into how the Waco police chief and a justice of the peace could get by locking up all 177 bikers after the May 17th shooting that left 9 people dead. Clendennen says he isn’t a gang member, but that he belongs to the Scimitars motorcycle club – one of the clubs that was called to Waco last month for...
  • Biker Arrested at Twin Peaks: "I Was Nothing More Than a Witness

    06/15/2015 1:28:33 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 41 replies
    NBC ^ | June 15, 2015
    A biker arrested after the shootings at the Twin Peaks on May 17 that killed nine and left 18 injured in Waco said Monday he was falsely imprisoned for more than two weeks. "We're supposed to believe in our justice system and that it's supposed to operate in a way that protects us and also a way of 'innocent until proven guilty,'" said Matthew Alan Clendennen. "It seems very obvious here, they took the opposite approach, 'guilty until proven guilty.'" Waco Biker Sues Over Arrest, Detention Clendennen, 30, a member of the Scimitar Motorcycle Club, said he researched the club...
  • We Demand Transparency, Accountability of McKinney and Waco Police

    06/15/2015 8:34:33 AM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    ACLU ^ | June 11, 2015
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Anna Núñez, ACLU of Texas, 713-942-8146, Ext. 110, media@aclutx.org [1] HOUSTON – In separate written requests submitted today, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas demanded two Texas police departments provide a full accounting of recent incidents involving excessive use of force in the City of McKinney and mass arrests in the City of Waco. Though unrelated, the events share a common problem: police abuse and lack of transparency and accountability. “In order to maintain the trust of the communities they serve, law enforcement agencies must embrace transparency in their operations, especially when questionable incidents...
  • Four Weeks Later: Waco Police Narrative Unravels

    06/14/2015 4:18:39 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 286 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | Lee Stranahan
    "Four weeks after the deadly May 17th shooting incident outside a Waco Twin Peaks restaurant, more details have come out concerning the incident, but significant questions still remain about the actions taken by law enforcement and the police’s account of what transpired. Although the national mainstream media has largely moved on from the Waco story, if critics of the police are correct, the incident represents an unprecedented civil rights violation and media cover-up campaign by the Waco authorities.... ...In a statement on Friday, the police said that of 16 officers that were in the parking lot, only three fired a...
  • Bill Whitaker: Wacoans to learn plenty about bikers, ballistics and the Bill of Rights...

    06/14/2015 8:00:04 AM PDT · by don-o · 100 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 14, 2015 | BILL WHITAKER Opinion editor
    Four weeks after the deadly Twin Peaks shooting melee that left nine bikers dead, 177 others in jail with million-dollar bonds and way more questions than answers about biker subculture, due process in Waco and conflicting crime narratives, the two sides in all this are only hardening in their positions. In short, a microcosm of the American way. Some vigorously support local law enforcement. They say the facts that bikers came to Waco’s Twin Peaks restaurant well-armed and that search warrants reveal many wore colors of motorcycle gangs associated by the FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety with criminal...
  • Updated: Waco police chief says officers fired 12 rounds during Twin Peaks shootout

    06/12/2015 6:07:01 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 78 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | June 12, 2015 | OLIVIA MESSER
    Updated: 4:45 p.m.: Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman said Friday that three Waco officers fired a total of 12 shots during the May 17 Twin Peaks shootout that killed nine people and injured 18, landing 177 suspects in jail. Stroman said 12 shell casings were fired from police rifles and found at the scene. No other law enforcement officers from other agencies fired their weapons, he said. So far, a total of 44 casings have been recovered, but Stroman said that total doesn’t include any casings that remained inside revolvers that were fired. All other shells found at the scene...
  • Chief: 3 cops fired shots when Texas biker shooting erupted

    06/12/2015 2:18:15 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 61 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 06/12/2015
    WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas officers responding to a deadly melee outside a biker gathering in Waco had disabled their automatic rifles so the weapons couldn't fire more than one round per trigger pull, the city's police department said Friday, countering witnesses who said they heard what sounded like gunfire from automatic weapons. Only three of the nearly two dozen officers outside the Twin Peaks restaurant fired their weapons, shooting a total of 12 bullets, after gunfire erupted following a dispute between two rival biker gangs, according to Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman and statements released by his office. The...
  • WAPO: American Police Could Help Themselves By Shooting Less, Talking More

    06/12/2015 7:34:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 12, 2015 | Awr Hawkins
    On June 11 The Washington Post intimated that police in America might not face the tensions they currently face if they shot less and talked more. The Post reached this verdict via a comparison between the tactics of “lightly armed” British police and those of heavily armed Americans.
  • Biker arrested in Waco Twin Peaks shooting speaks

    06/12/2015 8:03:21 AM PDT · by don-o · 200 replies
    KXAN-TV Austin ^ | June 12, 2015
    WACO, Texas (NBC) — We are getting a new perspective about what happened the day rival biker gangs shot each other at a Twin Peaks in Waco. “Me and my other friend had been inside, and we got something to drink, and we came and sat down, and we were looking at menus, and then it happened,” said Kevin Rash. “I mean that quickly, and we scurried inside and started getting employees into the coolers and stuff.” Rash just got out of jail and is now talking about what he saw that day in Waco. Rash was inside the Twin...
  • Decorated war vet critical of Waco police actions

    06/12/2015 5:38:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 102 replies
    WFAA ^ | June 11, 2015 | Brett Shipp
    A decorated Iraq war veteran, who was jailed after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco, is telling an alarming version of the deadly encounter. He says not only was he wrongly imprisoned for three weeks, he says he witnessed police firing their weapons in an "aimless" assault into a crowd of bikers, nine of whom were killed. Former U.S. Marine Michael Devoll of Fort Worth, who completed three tours of duty in Iraq, has survived an untold number of firefights. But he says the one he witnessed in Waco on May 17 will forever haunt him. Not just because he...
  • Bikers Jailed After Waco Shootout Deride High Bonds and Slow Justice

    06/12/2015 4:31:32 AM PDT · by don-o · 27 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | MANNY FERNANDEZ
    snip Paul Looney, a lawyer for three of those arrested, said that two of them — a couple, William and Morgan Jane English — were close enough to the shooting to only hear it, but that they had seen, and done, nothing illegal. “They had barely gotten onto the property,” Mr. Looney said. “In this country, we have constitutional protections against that kind of a sweep. It’s the most un-American activity I’ve seen on American soil.”
  • Updated: List of Twin Peaks bikers jailed, released

    06/11/2015 2:02:07 PM PDT · by don-o · 53 replies
    Waco Tribune ^ | June 11, 2015
    As of midnight June 10, 106 of the bikers arrested after May 17 shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco have been released. Each of the individuals was arrested on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity. All bonds initially were set at $1 million. Most of those arrested have negotiated reduced bonds and were released on those amounts.
  • Ron Paul: Will Victims, Suspects Of Deadly Waco Biker Rally Receive Justice?

    06/11/2015 11:18:51 AM PDT · by Prolixus · 77 replies
    Truth in Media ^ | June 9, 2015 | Ron Paul
    Circumstances surrounding the deadly Waco biker rally remain unclear, and local police are shielding details of the incident from the public. “This just builds up more suspicion on our government,” Ron Paul said during his latest Liberty Report. The three-time presidential candidate and former Texas Representative Paul raised concerns about the ever-growing number of questions about the biker rally shooting, including why the Federal Bureau of Investigation was involved, what evidence the Waco Police Department gathered from the incident, how the shooting got started, the number of weapons on the scene, and who shot whom. Nearly 1,000 bikers rallied in...
  • The Constitution in Waco

    06/11/2015 9:18:46 AM PDT · by Tarasaramozart · 7 replies
    The Aging Rebel ^ | June 10, 2015 | The Aging Rebel Website
    The First Amendment to the Constitution states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The Waco Police Department and other police departments blatantly tried to prevent a peaceful assembly and public officials have slandered the attendees ever since. The majority of the 176 people arrested after the Waco Massacre were arrested because they were wearing motorcycle club indicia, or insignia, and such...
  • Correction: Waco Shooting Story

    06/10/2015 6:58:58 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | 6/10/15 | EMILY SCHMALL
    <p>WACO, Texas (AP) — First came a few pistol shots, then a barrage of what sounded like automatic gunfire during a shootout last month at a Waco restaurant favored by bikers, several witnesses said. But authorities still haven't said how many of the dead and wounded were the result of police fire.</p>
  • One of two Bandidos gets bond reduced

    06/10/2015 4:16:45 PM PDT · by Prolixus · 25 replies
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | June 10, 2015 | TOMMY WITHERSPOON
    A member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang described Wednesday how he was punched in the face and then shot May 17 while rushing to defend a Bandidos president, who became embroiled in an argument with the rival Cossacks moments after the Bandidos rode in from Dallas. Two Bandidos asked 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to reduce their $1 million bonds at back-to-back hearings Wednesday. Reginald Weathers, 43, of Forney, was successful, but his fellow Bandido, Marcus Pilkington, 36, of Mexia, who has at least four pending felony cases against him in Limestone and Ellis counties, was not. After hearing...
  • Breitbart Texas Files Request For Unreleased Videos Of Waco Biker Shooting

    06/10/2015 10:45:35 AM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    Breitbart Texas ^ | June 10, 2015 | Lee Stranahan
    Breitbart Texas has filed a formal request for the release of video tapes that might shed more light on the questions being raised about the mass arrest of bikers after the shooting incident outside a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas on May 17th. The written request asks for surveillance video from Twin Peaks and the nearby Don Carlos restaurant, as well a police dash-cam video. After a spate of recent court filings about the legality of the $1,000,000 bail that the “Waco 170” bikers face, even the most fundamental questions about the shooting have not been answered. Weeks after...