Despite the continued, determined efforts of the Waco police, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to criminally cover up the worst episode of “biker violence” in American History, the truth keeps leaking out
Emily Schmall (photo above), a correspondent with The Associated Press, reported this morning that most of the shots fired during the Waco massacre were fired by police. Schmall is a seasoned and impeccably responsible journalist who has also written for the New York Times, Newsweek, The Huffington Post, the Miami Herald, Forbes, Bloomberg News, the Guardian and the BBC.
Schmall reports that “a few pistol shots” was immediately followed by “a barrage of rifle fire.” The AP’s account conforms to numerous accounts given to The Aging Rebel beginning about 11 a.m. Pacific Time on May 17. The next morning this page reported, “Multiple sources have told The Aging Rebel that all of the dead were killed by police.”
The AP version differs significantly from an account published in the Washington Post, which said that the first five men killed were Cossacks shot in cold blood by Bandidos. Since its publication, the Post has neither advanced its story nor retracted it.
The AP account also differs from the Waco police version. On May 19, Waco police spokesman W. Patrick Swanton stated that only “three or four” of at least 22 police officers surrounding the restaurant fired shots. Swanton also stated that it was “too early” to know if any of those shots killed bikers and that the officers who discharged their weapons had remained on duty. Waco police are now stonewalling journalists. The AP version also conforms to most eyewitness accounts of the incident.
Schmall quotes three recent veterans who have the experience to hear the difference between gunshots from different caliber weapons. Marine veteran William English remembers two shots from a small caliber weapon followed by “a rapid succession of shots from what sounded to me like an assault rifle.”
Navy veteran Steve Cochran “heard one pistol shot. All the rest of the shots I heard were assault rifles.”
Schmall writes, “Ron Blackett, a Confederation of Clubs and Independents leader who is a former Army and Coast Guard officer, also reported hearing one or two pistol shots followed by a blast of assault rifle fire.”
Accounts of the exact number of pistol shots fired before the police fusillade vary. They vary because witnesses are always surprised and alarmed and not only hear shots from different directions but also may or may not hear echoes. However the AP account is consistent with a recurring version in which one biker non-fatally shot another at close range and a second biker standing on the Twin Peaks patio brandished and possibly fired a second handgun. It is likely that police opened fire after seeing the biker on the patio pull his gun. The AP version would also explain how Vietnam veteran Jesus Delgado Rodriguez, who was not a member of any club and who had just gotten out his automobile was shot in the head and torso. And it explains how so many people were shot in such a brief time.