The Waco story is shattering into a thousand shards like a startled murder of crows. In the last few days:
Scimitars Motorcycle Club member Matt Clendennen withdrew his federal civil right lawsuit against the city of Waco, McLennan County, Texas, arresting officer Manuel Chavez and McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna. Clendennen’s attorney, Clint Broden, explained that there were so many officials he wanted to sue, like Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, that he thought the best thing would probably be to start over with a blank page.
“It certainly has nothing to do with the merits of the lawsuit,” Broden told Tommy Witherspoon of the Waco Tribune-Herald. “We just need to add defendants, which we will do at a later date.”
Meanwhile the widow of Jesus Delgado “Mohawk” Rodriguez, a former Marine and Vietnam Vet who was killed as the gun fight commenced shortly after he exited his car, has filed a lawsuit in Dallas County’s 192nd District Court against the Twin Peaks Restaurant. Formally, the defendants are the owners of the former Twin Peaks franchise, the Chalak Mitra Group, LLC; Peaktastic Beverage, LLC; Front Burner Restaurants Group, LLC; and Twin Peaks Restaurant Investment Group. The same defendants are being sued by the neighboring Don Carlos Restaurant
The Rodriguez suit alleges that Rodriguez would still be alive if the Twin Peaks had not held “Bike Nights” and allowed the Confederation of Clubs to meet at the restaurant the day nine men were killed and 18 were wounded in the worst incidence of biker violence in American History. The Waco police have taken pains to portray the Texas Confederation of Clubs as a quasi-criminal group.
Widely quoted biker authority Steve Cook, who was in Waco at the time of the Twin Peaks massacre, told television station KXXV that he had, “seen an influx of gang members that are also a part of motorcycle clubs and club confederations,” whatever that meant. Cook also told the television station, “We do a considerable amount of talking about these confederations and coalitions… and try to make them understand a little bit the motives behind these is other than what they advertise.”
Cook, who recently appeared in a reality style drama called Outlaw Country said biker violence is a growing world problem. “It’s rampant,” Cook claimed. “They’re spreading all across the country, all over the world for that matter…. You’re either going to pay attention to these guys or you’re going to ignore them.”
Two Million Bikers
Finally, today Lana Shadwick of Breitbart Texas reported that John Bostick, a representative for the Facebook page “2 Million Bikers To DC,” has sent “Cease and Desist letters” to Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Justice of the Peace Walter P. Peterson, and Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton. The point of the letters, other than to use the Waco tragedy to publicize the Facebook page, is not clear. Bostick accuses the three men of assaulting “the reputation of the average motorcycle enthusiast.”
Bostick demands the three men “provide us with prompt written assurance that you will cease and desist from further defamation of Motorcycle Riders’ character and reputation…. In the event you fail to meet this demand, please be advised that Motorcycle Riders in a class action joint effort will pursue all available legal remedies, including monetary damages, injunctive relief, and an order that you pay court costs and attorney’s fees.”
Two Million Bikers To DC is threatening a “Bikers Strike Back” rally in Waco on July 18.