A Texas Riding Club called the Sons of Liberty RC is sponsoring “a silent, peaceful protest” outside the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco next Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
It will be a remarkably timid protest. The club states, “For reasons we will explain this will be a ‘silent protest.’ Make sure to bring signs.”
The club suggests signs that read: “we are not criminals;” “I’m not a gang member;” “free the innocent;” “we have the right to peaceably assemble;” “patches are freedom of expression;” “leather is not a weapon;” “we want answers;” and “Don’t snipe me bro.”
The Riding Club also warns, “If the sign is attached to a stick make sure it is not too long or pointed. Don’t want to be accused of having a weapon.” Riders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area “will assemble at the Six Flags Mall Parking Lot adjacent to American Motorcycle on Division and 360.”
Waco Police propagandist W. Patrick Swanton has formally endorsed the “protest.”
“Obviously we’re aware of that and have no problem with it,” Swanton said. “We encourage peaceful protest. That’s what America is about. As long as the law is being followed bikers won’t have an issue from police.”
According to KCEN-TV, Swanton also had “some suggestions for the bikers and the citizens of Waco.” According to the station, “Waco police will monitor activities to make sure things stay peaceful and will take action if laws are being broken. As long as laws are not being broken and it stays peaceful bikers won’t have an issue from police.”
Typically, police manufacture specious charges against motorcyclists with “courtesy safety inspections” and by zealously enforcing the letter of every traffic law. Swanton did emphasize that “May is motorcycle safety awareness month.”
Scoundrel’s Last Refuge
Waco police have recently demonstrated their respect for “what America is about” by mass arrests of innocent people and who were then forced to endure the illegal and inhumane conditions of incarceration at the overcrowded McLennan County Jail where innocent people have been denied medical care, been beaten, starved and forced to sleep on concrete floors without blankets. In the last week, Texas police have also stationed snipers on rooftops to intimidate mourners at a memorial service in New Braunfels for “Jesse “Mohawk” Rodriquez and to intimidate attendees at a “Summer Kick Off” event at Longhorn Harley Davidson in Gran Prairie.
The flavor of next week’s protest stands in stark contrast to two other well known biker protests. The 1988 Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally was conceived largely as a “show of force” by 2,500 bikers after the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was defaced. The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club’s annual Florence Prison Run is deliberately intended to make enough noise that prisoners inside the Arizona State Prison Complex can hear that they have not been forgotten.
Next week’s protest has a Facebook page here.