As of noon today, 23 of the men indiscriminately taken into custody in the Twin Peaks parking lot of May 17 remain in the McClennan County jail. Presuming that those men are innocent and considering the going rate in false imprisonment lawsuits is about $5,000 per hour of false imprisonment, each of those men can look forward to eventually getting a check from the generous folks of Waco and Texas in the amount of about $4 million. Welcome home!
Innocent bystanders who were falsely imprisoned in Waco should, in general, expect to be compensated in the amount of about $2 million each or about $350 million in total. That amount, or something greater, will be realized in a class action lawsuit. Attorneys can expect to claim between one third and one half of that amount – somewhere between $100 million and $175 million, which is at least enough to satisfy a dream team of the smartest and meanest lawyers in all the land.
Depending on the judge, $2 million per victim might be on the low side. It may eventually dawn on whoever is running Waco that people were not simply inconvenienced for part of a summer. Their lives were ruined. For example, one victim complains:
“I’ve added up the entire cost of being inside the Don Carlos restaurant that day watching what unfolded. Keep in mind I wasn’t outside during the shooting and hadn’t done anything but tell the interviewing person I watched the cops shooting like crazy killing people. I’ve already spent $2500 in Bail, $10,000 to get my lawyer started and that’s just started, $350 to have the ankle monitor installed and $250 per month for services. And, I’m unable to work now. I was basically kidnapped by the Waco Police Department for telling the truth about what I witnessed that day. If you ask my personal opinion the Waco Police Department just premeditated murder and jailed all that witnessed to keep them from talking.”
So, when the big circus comes to town, it seems likely that some witnesses may be called to testify that the police on scene behaved maliciously and criminally. Forget O.J. Waco is going to be bigger than the Scopes Trial. Can you wait for Sergeant W. Patrick Swanton to be cross examined for days by tag teams of attorneys?
A week ago at a budget meeting, McLennan County Commissioners actually seemed to think that the county was the real victim in all this. Commissioners expect somebody will come rescue them. County Judge Scott Felton had the audacity to describe the police atrocity on May 17 as, “an unfortunate disaster that happened to an innocent community…we don’t harbor events that cause crime…we’re a wholesome community.”
Meanwhile Waco continues to be the police state that can’t get its story straight.
Criminal Biker Gangs
Not content to ruin the lives of 177 recreational motorcyclist, the Waco police took great pains to ruin the Twin Peaks restaurant. The Twin Peaks, the public was told from day one, was a troublesome biker hangout. Swanton had told reporters that Waco had assembled a platoon outside the restaurant, not because they were there to protect ATF agent provocateurs, but because “We have been made aware in the last few months of rival biker gangs – rival criminal biker gangs – being here and causing issues.” They turned out to be one of Swanton’s many lies.
The other day Yahoo News obtained police records that showed Waco police were called to the restaurant just eight times between its opening last August and May 17. Officers filed paper on just two of those eight cruiser rides; once for a car break-in and once for a domestic assault.
Meanwhile Waco’s cover story about somehow having (non-ATF) “intelligence” that the Bandidos and Cossacks were about to go to war is also falling apart. Vincent Glenn, the moron who is Waco’s outlaw motorcycle gang expert, filed an affidavit calling for the seizure 17 motorcycles, eight pickup trucks and two Sport Utility Vehicles. His story begins:
“On May 17, 2015 a Confederacy (sic) of Clubs Independents (sic), hereinafter identifed (sic) as Region 1 meeting was scheduled to take place at 1 pm. at the patio of the Twin Peaks restaurant located in the Central Texas Market Place Shopping Center at 4671 Jack Kultgen Expressway, Waco, McLerman County, TX. Afiant has read police reports and law enforcement intelligence reports indicating that violence and tension between the Bandidos Outlaw gang, hereinafter identi?ed (sic) as Bandidos, and the Cossacks Club, hereinafter identi?ed (sic) as Cossacks, and both of their support clubs has been increasing for several months. Police reports and law enforcement intelligence reports indicate that during this time period, the Cossacks began wearing a Bottom rocker, or patch displaying the territory of Texas rather than speci?c (sic) counties or towns. According to law enforcement intelligence reports, permission from the Bandidos is required to display the territory of Texas on the bottom rocker.”
The Waco police have repeatedly given the impression that these “intelligence reports” originated with the Texas Department of Public Safety. In fact, Texas DPS isn’t particularly worried about bikers. Texas law enforcement officials are most concerned with “Tango Blast and Tango cliques, Texas Syndicate, Texas Mexican Mafia, and Barrio Azteca.”
In a 43-page annual report, titled Texas Gang Threat Assessment and issued just a month before the Twin Peaks Massacre, the DPS mentions the Bandidos Motorcycle Club seven times. Six of those mentions simply list the Bandidos as one of many “gangs” in a list. The Bandidos are mentioned only once at length, in a shallow paragraph that reads in its entirety:
“Formed in the 1960s, the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (Bandidos OMG) conducts its illegal activities as covertly as possible and avoids high-profile activities such as drive-by shootings that many street gangs tend to commit. However, members are not covert about making their presence known by wearing the gang colors, insignia, and riding in large groups. They seek to turn public sentiment in their favor by organizing frequent charity runs. Bandidos are likely to focus on recruiting new members with no criminal history.”
The report does not mention the Cossacks once. Not once.