The first Waco Massacre was perpetrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ BATF ] & the FBI. The BATF lost four dead in their attack, which may well have been own goals. The final score was 82 murders; the rest were wounded or taken prisoner in order to be the victims of Malicious Prosecution.
This time Hells' Angels met to discuss their private affairs then, after an argument the police attacked. There were 9 killed, 18 wounded & 170 prisoners. The police SWAT team admit to one kill. Some background is at the Great Nordic Biker War.
Waco Massacre II - The Action Replay [ 19 May 2015 ]
Nine dead, eighteen wounded, 170 prisoners taken. They are being held on $1 million each bail. Contrast this with our very first Waco Massacre brought to us by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and The FBI. They murdered 82 people.
The big difference is that the government murderers walked away Scot free while private citizens who had a full and frank exchange of views are being treated as major criminals. From the Daily Mail's chosen photos it looks like White men versus Hispanics.
Somehow the Daily Mail does not seem to remember the first time. It even quotes a policeman - 'In 34 years of law enforcement, this is the worst crime scene, the most violent crime scene that I have been involved in,' Waco police Sgt W Patrick Swanton said at a Sunday press conference. 'There were dead everywhere, blood everywhere.' Perhaps he was on holiday or had his eyes shut. Policemen are expert liars.
PS The New York Times tells us that the police killed this time as well. Of course they will claim that they were stopping trouble, not causing it.
Waco II Massacre - The Daily Mail Propaganda Version [ 20 May 2015 ]
A police SWAT team were outside the place waiting to attack. They admit to killing at least one of the nine dead. The Daily Mail is doing a news blackout on the fact that the previous Waco Massacre was perpetrated by The FBI, achieving 82 murders.
To be fair, they look guilty.
Waco II Shootout Follow Up
Notice that the writer mentions a shoot out not a massacre. She might well have a background in law. The idea that the police did most of the shooting is interesting, albeit not surprising. They admit to one kill. Are there more?
The local law enforcement wallahs overreacted. Abuse of constitutional rights seems all too common.
Waco shootout generating public expense, challenges on many fronts
The aftermath of the biker shootout in Waco, Texas is projected to leave a sizable price tag for Waco citizens.
By Lou Ann Anderson | Watchdog Arena
The Waco Twin Peaks has been cleared as a crime scene, but the financial and legal aftermath of the May 17 shootout that left 9 dead and 18 wounded is only beginning.
The nature of that Sunday gathering is still at issue. Police typify it as a convergence of motorcycle groups, several with bad blood between them and looking for a fight. Others in attendance or with knowledge of the groups maintain it was nothing more than a regular meeting of the Confederation of Clubs and Independents (CoCI) scheduled to discuss safety and legislative issues affecting bikers. Whatever the case, things took a deadly turn.
Of the 175 individuals arrested, 170 remain in custody. Held in lieu of a $1 million bond, the bikers face first-degree felony charges for allegedly engaging in organized criminal activity. Two of the arrested bonded out and were released with ankle monitors. An attorney representing three others negotiated their bond reduction Thursday.
Per the Waco Tribune-Herald, McLennan County is spending $7,958 a day to house those remaining in jail. In 10 days following the incident, the county is estimated to have spent approximately $80,000 on inmate housing, a number that appears destined to grow.
Though lawyers are filing motions for some inmates’ expedited hearings, the numbers of cases to address along with already-stretched court and defense lawyer resources add to the challenge.
Cathy Edwards, McLennan County’s indigent defense coordinator, told the Tribune-Herald that 63 inmates have requested court-appointed attorneys. As not all attorneys are court-approved to handle first-degree felony cases, attorneys from neighboring counties are being recruited to assist with the case volume.
The Tribune-Herald further notes the county budgeting $4.2 million this year to pay for indigent defense that includes $3.8 million for court-appointed attorneys while the remaining funds finance investigators, evidence analysis, psychological testing and related matters. Indigent defense expenses are also expected to continue into the next year.
The Associated Press has reported that 117 of those arrested had no convictions listed under their names and birthdates in a database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Four of those killed were also found to have no convictions.
An arrest warrant issued for each Waco defendant specifies the basis for their jailing. It is alleged they “were either wearing gang-affiliated clothing; were members of groups that had an ‘identifiable leadership’ and regularly committed crimes; or both.” The warrants additionally characterize the Cossacks and the Bandidos and their associates – the groups to which police attribute the brawl – as known criminal street gangs.
Legal observers question the charges. Is being at a crime scene and having membership in one of the listed gangs evidence of participation in a crime much less in capital murder?
“They have bitten off more than they can chew,” Robert Draskovich, a Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer who represents bikers, told The Dallas Morning News. “Prosecutors often overreach and charge too many people, but I’ve never seen it to this extent.”
This questioning only grows with the bail also seen by many as excessive.
Upon setting the $1 million bond, Justice of the Peace W.H. “Pete” Peterson said, “I think it is important to send a message.”
“We had nine people killed in our community,” he continued. “These people just came in, and most of them were from out of town. Very few of them were from in town.”
With prosecutors said to be awaiting offense reports from Waco police, the first bond reduction hearings are not scheduled until June 5 and June 12.
Meanwhile, motions have been filed to recuse both Peterson along with State District Court Judges Matt Johnson and Ralph Strother who not only approved the $1 million bonds, but also ordered no other judge could reduce the bonds.
Calling the bond amount “absurd and unconstitutional,” Houston-based lawyer Kent A. Schaffer told Breitbart Texas, “Bond is supposed to guarantee the defendant’s appearance in court, but this judge set bonds based upon his desire to teach the defendants a lesson, and not out of some concern that they will not appear in court.”
“The hearing should not take place in front of the same judge who has already made comments that evidence his lack of respect for the constitution and the rule of law,” he further stated. “Sending a message is not one of the factors that is to be considered by the court in setting a bond.”
Meanwhile, families are additionally impacted with loved ones indefinitely jailed. In “Stuck behind bars: Families await biker releases as lawyers claim innocence,” the Tribune-Herald details stories of emotional and financial hardship.
Some bikers from the Waco shootout were known “1%ers” or “outlaw bikers.” They have a self-proclaimed bent of operating outside the law. Their name also sets them apart and contrasts with 99 percent of motorcycle riders who are law-abiding citizens.
Attorneys and families of the bikers, per the paper, shared a common thread: “that these were family-oriented men who didn’t go to the restaurant looking for trouble.”
These individuals’ incarceration is damaging their livelihoods. Jobs are at risk, businesses are threatened. A fear exists that damaged reputations could bring permanent repercussions.
The 135 motorcycles plus another 80 cars and trucks impounded from the Twin Peaks parking lot are at risk of confiscation should the county declare any of the vehicles as illegal contraband associated with a crime. Through a commonly used and controversial process known as civil asset forfeiture, ownership could be transferred to the county.
According to the Tribune-Herald, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna is “known for aggressive pursuit of civil forfeiture, and defense attorneys are watching his moves in this case where so much property is at stake and so many owners are in jail.”
While law enforcement treats the May 17 shootout as a criminal incident, the ensuing civil liberty implications are significant.
Be it the bail amount, charges filed, or length of incarceration due to case processing, lawsuits are undoubtedly ahead. Ballistic report results – especially if they show a preponderance of shots fired by Waco police – are likely to further fuel litigation for which taxpayers will be on the hook.
McLennan County and city of Waco taxpayers face expensive days ahead.
This article was written by a contributor of Watchdog Arena, Franklin Center’s network of writers, bloggers, and citizen journalists.
Main Stream Media had fun with the story. Now that the truth is coming into focus they have moved on to tell more lies.