“Despite the characterization by police that the afternoon gathering at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas that led to Sunday’s bloody shooting incident was a gathering of criminal biker gangs with violent intent, the meeting appears to have been a legitimate, organized gathering of motorcycle riders meeting to discuss political issues,” brietbart.com reports. ” The group that met was the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoC&I) and a look at that group’s website and history gives a very different impression of the group’s purpose and goals than what has been said repeatedly by Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.” In other words, the gathering was not a planned confrontation. This fact adds some weight to rumors surrounding the police’s response to the violence, specifically . . .
the $1m bail requirement for all 170 people arrested at the Twin Peaks restaurant. The thinking: for whatever reason, good or bad, the cops opened fire on the bikers, wounding and killing at least some of the civilians (nine dead). Supposedly, the extraordinary number of people arrested and the stratospheric bail requirement reflect law enforcement’s desire to keep a lid on the actual events that resulted in the fatalities.
Supposedly, the reported subsequent vendetta against the cops indicates the gangs’ belief that their brothers were mowed down by the police.
Only one of the 170 people arrested has so far made bail. He’s not spoken to the media. The rest of those detained are under lock and key until their arraignment. It could be weeks before they appear before a judge. By the time eyewitness testimony emerges – which could arrive from the defendants’ lawyers – the story will have “cooled-off.”
Ahead of an exposition of the facts of the violence itself, questions are being raised about the large police presence in the first place.
The very political nature of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents and its website raise troubling First Amendment questions about the police trying to pressure a business to shut down a lawful political meeting that had never led to problems previously, regardless of the people at that meeting.
As far as I know, the video above is the only raw footage of the shooting. It was filmed after the action. It shows the police aiming rifles at the crime scene.
On Tuesday, The Justice of the Peace in Waco released a preliminary autopsy of the men killed in the incident [as reported by nbcfdw.com]. One of the nine died from a neck wound. Three of the nine died from head shots. Two died from unspecified gunshot wounds and one died from a trunk wound.
Cops aren’t trained to shoot for the head – undercutting the “police massacre” meme rolling round the biker websites. That said, the autopsy report didn’t state what type of ammunition caused the fatalities. If the dead were killed by rifle rounds, that would be an important data point. As would any first-hand description of events. We’re likely to get the latter, eventually. The former? Who knows? [h/t DR]