When Robert C. Bucy, a member of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club from Midlothian, a small town southwest of Dallas, left for a Coalition of Clubs and Independents meeting in Waco on May 17, his five-year-old foster daughter Alyssa said, “Bye, Daddy! Bye, Daddy! I love you!” Bucy hasn’t seen the little girl since.
Bucy was arrested following a fight there between Cossacks and members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club and charged with “engaging in organized criminal activity.” The legislated offense is aimed at people who break the law as a member of a “criminal street gang.” There was no probable cause to believe Bucy was a criminal or a criminal street gang member. He was wearing a Cossacks cut and that was close enough for Waco – where the Bill of Rights is considered to be a kind of ivory tower ideal. Under Texas law, a “criminal street gang” is any organization the police accuse of being a gang and Bucy could be held culpable for the murders of the nine men who died in that parking lot if a policeman, in this case it was a policeman named Manuel Chavez, said he was. At the time Chavez probably couldn’t have picked Bucy out of a photo lineup.
Bucy, who says he played no part in the fight that day, was held on $1 million bail. He was slandered as a “violent gang member and a particularly unflattering photo of him wearing an orange jump suit was plastered on pages and screens from Waco to Vladivostok.
Rob Bucy and his wife Marilyn had begun adoption proceedings for Alyssa. She had been born to relatives of the couple in California. A year and a half ago, when her birth family could no longer take care of the little girl, the Bucy’s took her in.
Rob Bucy eventually had his bail reduced to $75,000 and returned home. By then, child welfare officials in California had seen his photograph and heard the news that he was a violent thug. While Rob was locked up, Marilyn Bucy was served with a “notice of emergency removal.” The notice identified Rob Bucy as “a threat.” Marilyn Bucy packed the girl’s belongings and took her to an airport. Then Alyssa disappeared into the sky. A social worker in Texas has told the Bucys that Alyssa is now living with a foster family in California. They don’t know where and they are not allowed to contact the girl
Rob Bucy told Brett Shipp of television station WFAA, “It really breaks my heart. She’s Daddy’s girl.”