After weeks of allegations of a biker massacre by police, illegal mass arrests, $1M bonds issued by an incompetent justice of the peace, corruption within the police department in Waco, including the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office in Texas has cast doubt that law enforcement officers and agencies involved are innocent of no wrong doing.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
June 9, 2015
Waco, Texas – After 23 days of the Twin Peaks biker massacre on May 17 by Waco police and Texas Rangers, no video evidence has been released to exonerate them of no wrong doing. A law enforcement task force composed of Waco police, SWAT, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and members of the Texas Rangers who were monitoring a bi-monthly Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents (TCCI) are accused of corruption, of a major cover up that also involves the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office and the City of Waco police chief.
Since the biker massacre at the Twin Peaks, police have been contradicted of what actually transpired leading to the murders of nine bikers. What has been confirmed is that police arrested numerous bikers and charged them with engaging in organized crime for just wearing colors (motorcycle club logo patches) and attending a scheduled biker legislative awareness meeting. The biker criminal warrant affidavits by Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez illegally claimed without probable cause that all of the bikers detained engage in organized crime and were bonded by Justice of the Peace Walter H. Peterson who signed the warrants by Chavez and set illegal bonds of $1M each for the 177 arrested. Peterson can not preside over felony cases (only misdemeanor cases without jail time or bonds and civil cases up to $10k in liability), sign felony warrants or even set bonds, according to Texas state law.
Abel Reyna, the McLennan County District Attorney, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman and other McLennan County judges knew that Peterson couldn’t sign felony warrants and set excessive bonds, but kept quiet and proceeded to hold bikers on frivolous charges.
Police confiscated camera surveillance video from the Don Carlos Restaurant parking lot where the biker brawl between members of the Cossacks, Scimitars and Bandidos M.C.s started and ended with police shooting and the killing of nine bikers and injuring by gunfire at least 27 other bikers. D.A. Reyna and Police Chief Stroman won’t release the full and unedited video because it would implicate and show that police murdered the nine bikers, according to witnesses who were there.
According to witnesses, one of the Cossacks shot a Bandidos in the shoulder after a parking lot altercation. The injured Bandidos biker survived and was arrested. Then seconds later, police who were spying and monitoring the biker meeting arrived and indiscriminately shot and killed nine bikers and fired into the crowded parking lot of bikers.
Afterwards about 192 bikers were detained, but police only charged 177 with engaging in organized crime.
On Sunday, the ACLU of Texas called on the Waco Police Department and the McLennan County D.A.’s Office to release details and the videos. The Amercan Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas released the following statement, “Overzealous and abusive police work is but one facet of the multiple fissures in our criminal justice system. From the manner in which our communities are policed, to the way people are processed and prosecuted: It’s time to reform a criminal justice system that disparately targets and ensnares certain groups and minorities. Based on news reports, many of these bikers remain jailed without charges, bonds set, or arraignments. We call on the Waco Police Department to release a detailed report on what triggered their response, the rationale for detaining such a large number of these bikers, and the reasons for keeping many of them locked up without charge.”
A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed by a biker, Matthew Clendennan against the Waco Police Department, 14 police officers involved and D.A. Reyna. Clendennen’s attorney also filed a complaint against Justice of the Peace Peterson with the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct claiming that Peterson illegally signed warrants without individual probable cause hearings, was bias and set excessive bonds for bikers violating his limited authority under state statues.
More than 1K bikers attended a rally and protest in Waco on Sunday calling for D.A. Reyna to release the remaining 120 bikers still being held on $1M bonds.
So far, the U.S. Department of Justice or Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have yet to launch an investigation into the massive illegal arrests of bikers by police on May 17, frivolous charges filed by incompetent Waco Police Detective Chavez, the McLennan County D.A.’s decision to hold bikers on frivolous felony charges and the illegal excessive bonds set by Justice of the Peace Peterson.
Current federal court cases indicate ATF trying to ban all motorcycle clubs from wearing colors (logo patches) to rid organized crime. Lmfao