Waco Secret Of The Day

July 6, 2015

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Waco Secret Of The Day

The Waco secret of the day is the surveillance video shot by the Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant in the Central Texas Market Place in Waco on May 17. Dallas Attorney Clint Broden wants a copy.

Recent escapees from Syrian prisons need to know that there was a big news event in that shopping center that Sunday around lunch time. Some arbitrary number of people, some number in the low two hundreds, were detained. One hundred seventy-nine people were arrested. A couple of them were let out of jail that night. Police announced there were about 160 arrests. Eventually, after a couple of days, that number evolved to 177.

The arrestees were all held on $1 million bail by a Dukes of Hazzardesque Justice of the Peace named W.H. “Pete” Peterson. Peterson authorized the arrests based on the testimony of a local detective named Manuel Chavez who has since admitted that he didn’t know who any of the arrestees were or what they had actually done – if anything. Probable cause is just a question of mind over matter. If a lay justice of the peace don’t mind it don’t matter. Chavez didn’t even write the complaint. “Somebody” in the District Attorney’s Office did. Chavez swore on the tattered remnant of his sacred honor that all those people he did not know were members of criminal street gangs who had each committed or conspired to commit murder, capital murder, or aggravated assault. Maybe Chavez had a hunch. Peterson found himself confronted by a ginormous stack of photocopied criminal complaints so he had Chavez swear that the whole stack contained the whole truth and nothing but the truth and then he let it go at that. Maybe Peterson has ADHD.

Afterward, Peterson stated, “I think it is important to send a message. We had nine people killed in our community. These people just came in, and most of them were from out of town.” So much for that “Visit Friendly Waco” tourism campaign. Forget all those “Waco The Texas Tahiti” posters. Sure, maybe a couple dozen hula dancers in training had their dreams shattered but when one door closes another always opens. The for profit jail business and the bail bonds business and the lawyer business in Waco are all trending way up.

Connect The Dots

Broden has been demanding the release of evidence that might illuminate exactly what happened before, during and after a violent confrontation between the Bandidos and Cossacks Motorcycle Clubs and machinegun-toting representatives of the Waco Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and, for all anybody knows, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Security and Exchange Commission, the National Institutes of Health and the Screen Actors Guild. Broden wants a look at the video shot by the Don Carlos Restaurant’s cameras “aimed outside the restaurant” between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The parking lot between the Twin Peaks and the Don Carlos is where that violent confrontation occurred. There is some disagreement among eyewitnesses and people who have spoken to eyewitnesses and reporters who have spoken to people who have spoken to eyewitnesses about who did the shooting and the killing.

First thing after the gunfire stopped, police seized everybody’s smart phone, lest it contain video that might contradict the official account; and video from the Don Carlos and the Twin Peaks restaurant, whose management is being blamed for the shooting. One thing about which the Cossacks and the Bandidos can agree is that they want the video released. The police don’t want any video released and they say that is because they don’t want to interfere with the due process rights of that big stack of names Peterson and Chavez, and Waco Police spokesman W. Patrick Swanton, and Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman and McLennan County District Attorney Abelino “Abel” Reyna accused of murder on international television everyday for two weeks.


Don Carlos has a dog in this fight. A soulless corporation named DC Waco Restaurant Inc. Doing Business As Don Carlos Restaurant is suing Peaktastic Beverage, LLC Doing Business As Twin Peaks Restaurant and Front Burner Restaurants, LP and Twin Restaurant Investment Company LLC for damages of more than $1 million for, among other things, “Failing to observe and heed instructions from Waco Police Department concerning motorcycle-related special events.”

Don Carlos’ attorneys, who have seen the video Broden now seeks to see, allege that their customers “were trapped inside the establishment as thousands of bullet rounds were fired by law enforcement officials and gang members. Law enforcement agents used Plaintiff’s porch and surrounding walls to protect themselves from incoming fire. At least four cars in the parking lot of Plaintiff’s place of business now have multiple bullet holes in them. Immediately following the incident, businesses surrounding Twin Peaks were closed by law enforcement agents. The Waco Police Department issued a statement indicating it considers the area located in Central Texas Marketplace on Interstate 35 a crime scene. This area includes Plaintiff’s place of business, which has been closed and unable to serve patrons since Sunday, May 17, 2015. At the time of the incident, the owners of Don Carlos Restaurant had discussed selling the business, going so far as to value the business and speak to a broker. After the shootout, that process ended.”

Don Carlos has moved to quash Broden’s subpoena of the video on three grounds: First that Waco police seized the hard drive that held the original video and Don Carlos has retained only digital copies; second that if Brodin wants to see the video he should get a copy from prosecutors; and finally that it would be too much trouble to give Brodin a copy of the video.

In a motion filed this morning, Brodin calls the Don Carlos objections “gobbledygook.”


74 Responses to “Waco Secret Of The Day”

  1. Clint Broden Says:

    I have been contacted by a few different attorneys about a class action lawsuit on behalf of those wrongly arrested in Waco. I have tried to dissuade anybody from filing a class action for several reasons. First, a class action adds another layer onto the lawsuit and presents another hurdle to get over in getting the class certified. Second, many people are not similarly situated as to where they were and the actions they took on the day of the incident. Third, everybody suffered different damages depending on what type of job they had, how long they spent in jail, their family situation, etc…. Fourth, many would likely opt out of such class litigation if they have a good individual case. The bottom line, is that for those contemplating a civil law suit it would be best to avoid any involvement in a class action.

    The important thing to understand is that what happens in the early cases will largely determine what happens in the later cases so that one or two miscues early on could doom all 177 cases.

    I am a criminal defense lawyer but I am working closely with a lawyer whose practice focuses almost exclusively on civil rights lawsuits. I would be happy to talk to any lawyer that is contemplating filing a civil suit so we can discuss planning and strategy. Anybody with questions can also contact me.

    Clint Broden

    Anyone who is interested can contact Broden at [email protected] or at brodenmickelsen.com.

  2. old & stoned Says:

    Capn’n – the only retrievable pics/vids would be what you’ve intentionally uploaded,, and don’t think Uncle obammy’s boys haven’t peeked around in your ‘cloud’. there were several Apps for covert filming posted on here, worth looking into if you’re serious about covering your ass. i would not be surprised if in the future, they blank cell towers close to their next ‘objective’, just in case, and under the guise of ‘officer safety’.

    if someone did escape the scene with video evidence, you know they got to be feeling like Agent Goodspeed in the Rock, a little 20 second video could pull the pants down on the whole mess, Wacko PD, dps, atf, fbi, etc. you KNOW they’re scouring the state just to be certain, just like in Riverside.

    i still think the scenario played out wrong, got way too messy too fast. i still think they’re trying to hide the fact they opened fire without warning, and even mis-identified covert leo as objectives(“they have AR-15s!”- Waco dispatch). seriously, have you ever heard such bullshit as “officers were taking fire”,,, 14, no,, 12,, no,, umm only 4 returned fire for a total of 12 rounds?!?! (1,2,3, i’m done! your turn! – don’t think so.) any cop, any thinking person trying to survive taking fire in a situation like that would be expected to piss his magazine into the fray, unless someone else was taking out targets first.

    unless the legal proceedings are moved to another planet from Tejas, i don’t see a snoball’s chance in hell of ANY real justice for anyone involved.

    God Bless the 9 + 18 + ??? families that team blue victimized for a career advancement move.

    fucm ALL.

    thanks to all the regulars, on their feet & standing tall.

  3. david Says:

    Jefe, have read and understood what you have written concerning the DC video. Thanks and respect.

  4. Dude Says:

    @ Cap’n Bill
    I think most phone backups in the “cloud” only cover contacts and addresses, as far as I know. But, if someone had a paid backup service for cloud storage of video, pics, etc that could be a possibility. My phone backups up every night between 12 am and 2 am, so as long a no cops “molested” the phone it could be a possibility.

    Food for thought.
    Twin Peaks was started by some of the original investors of Hooter’s after they sold their shares of Hooter’s. With that kind of cash being “flung” around and the relatively small amount of Twin Peaks locations, one could surmise that Twin Peaks is a cash heavy company. This could also make the lawsuit a little more appealing.

    Fuck Steve Cook
    Fuck Nazi’s with barbwire dildos. -Dude

  5. Asskiller Says:

    @Clint Broden – Your points are salient. I am sure you are highly cognizant that the civil rights violations that are perceived to have taken place in Waco are inflammatory and outrageous to a much wider, and deeply interested, audience than the general public is aware.

    Be extraordinarily careful, and extend that care to your loved ones. You are treading into brutally unfriendly and dangerous territory. Do not expect your adversaries to play by the rules. They have no rule but power and its maintenance.

    Tyranny is evil. It is openly and gratuitously lustful in its work.

  6. Phuquehed Says:

    Thanks for the good advice, Mr. Broden!!

  7. Jerry Says:

    I’ve been following the site for a while, but have never posted. I just wanted to make a note on the video and digital evidence. While it is easy to doctor digital recordings to show whatever a person wants it to, it does leave traces that it has been modified. A competent digital forensics analyst would be able to capture that.

    Also, many smartphones today are connected to cloud storage for data. Often, videos and pictures will be auto-saved up to the cloud. The amount of personal data living in external servers today is growing quickly.

    Also, as far as police seizing and searching electronic devices, the Supreme Court ruled a year ago that police need a warrant to access your devices. This rule applies even incident to arrest. Keep screen locks turned on and encryption on your phone. With strong encryption and a pass-code that isn’t easy to guess, they won’t get access to your data.

    Also, in light of the Snowden releases, corporations hosting your data are less likely to hand over your data without receiving a proper request from LE.

  8. Liberty Says:

    Here is link to Rodriguez case vs. Twin Peaks.

    Interesting bit of info from documents.

    *State and local law enforcement then occupied positions outside of the property, including the rooftop of a neighboring restaurant.*


  9. Rebel Says:

    Dear Jerry,

    The FBI and the ATF can do anything they want to do.

    The Supreme Court ruled that evidence gained in warrantless cell phone searches cannot be used as evidence. They didn’t lay out a plan for how to prevent warrantless searches. I believe that Waco PD has now applied for warrants.

    Thanks for commenting,

  10. Sieg Says:

    Just a few words about all that cloud storage, and auto-uploads, things like that.



  11. Tommy Says:

    WJL – Got to love the letters they sent to those idiot pigs in Waco. Will be interesting to see what happens with that

  12. Meh Says:

    Any argument that it would be difficult to provide a copy of a video from a hard disk is bullshit. Seized hard drives are normally cloned (devices to make block copies are sold for the purpose of preserving evidence but a simple “dd” command in Unix/Linux will do) so cloning the clone is no threat to any evidence nor is it AT ALL technically difficult to perform. It’s been a common way to clone hard disks to disk images and other disks for decades.

    Don’t take my word for it. Search engines are your friends.

    People who try to bullshit a tech-literate public are asking to be made fools of.

    I suggest any defense counsel have their own experts clone any hard disks in question so they get an unmolested copy. See your fave IT forensic expert for best practice procedures and chain of custody requirements. I am not a lawyer.

  13. popeye Says:

    Rodriguez lawsuit doesnt list waco pd as defendants.I find this odd. The lawsuit lists the restaurant as a defendant because they allowed the meeting to take place but doesnt list the cops. Waco pd could have stopped the meeting if they wanted to with a simple roadblock and no one would have died. If the cops had information that peoples lives were in danger they could have prevented it. They instead chose to make a couple arrested instead of save lives. The actions of the waco pd were a much greater contributing factor than the actions of the restaurant in my opinion.

  14. Mama G Says:

    I just clicked the link provided by Liberty and got a message saying

    An error occurred while processing your request.

    Please contact your system administrator.

    Odyssey User


    Configured (TXDALLASPROD)



    Only documents that have been redacted are available via public access. If an expected document does not appear, ensure that it has been redacted.

    Dallas PROD



    The document management transport is determined based on the document location. All public access servers must have HTTP access to this server.

    Anyone else get this error message?

  15. Liberty Says:

    Mama G … Here is the info. Try Dallas Courts and do an index Search. Not sure why it isn’t showing up from the link.


    DC-15-07599 MARY RODRIGUEZ, et al vs. CHALAK MITRA GROUP, LLC, et al
    192nd District Court

  16. Liberty Says:

    XYZ… Your link doesn’t work for me.

  17. Liberty Says:

    Sorry, now working. Thanks.

  18. Mama G Says:

    Thank you Liberty. I will try again.

    Respect and Appreciation to all who are worthy.

  19. Wolfenlover Says:

    I think the Rodriguez Family should be suing the WACKO PD et al for damages!
    It’s pretty obvious “MOHAWK” was EXECUTED by LEO FIRE! HELL! ALL the dead were
    done in by PIGS! JSMFH!

    RESPECTS Rebel & to the real regulars

  20. Wolfenlover Says:

    JEFE, Thanks for that info. SOMEBODY has to see something some damn place!
    From your description DC is “suckin’ hind tit” with a law-suit. High hopes?
    on their part?
    Best to the R&G

    RESPECTS Rebel & to the real regulars

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