The Associated Press has obtained and reported previously suppressed evidence in the Twin Peaks Massacre including the footage from the Texas Department of Public Safety’s clandestine pole camera, the dash cam footage from Waco Police Officer Michael Bucher’s car and ballistics reports prepared by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences.
The ballistics reports indicate that four of the nine men killed in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, were shot with Remington .223 caliber bullets. The bullets are typically fired from M-16 type rifles (including the M-4s carried by Waco police) and Ruger Mini-14 rifles. A handful of pistols including the Heizer Defense PAR1 Pocket AR Pistol and the Kel-Tec PLR16, fire the .223 round. At a glance, the ballistics indicate that four of the dead men and at least one of the wounded were shot by police.
According to the AP, the dash cam video records the initial confrontation between members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club and members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club “in a tight group gathered in front of the Twin Peaks patio. A biker can be seen striking others with a chain. Twenty seconds later, the biker is shot in the leg and the hip…. One biker shoots while running backward away from the parking lot while another fires from the patio.”
Police reports state that “once it started our officers immediately (italics added by The Aging Rebel) engaged with the bikers to attempt to shut down the brawl and were fired upon where they responded with return fire.” Officer Bucher and Officer Heath Jackson reported that they “were engaged by gun fire as they exited their marked police unit” and “both returned fire and struck multiple suspects with their patrol rifles.” The two men fired at least 11 shots. The Waco police chief has stated that his officers fired 12 shots that day.
Earlier this year, a grand jury declined to indict Bucher (photo above) and two other officers after they killed a suspected robber named Jimmy Ray Robinson Jr. Bucher, a 10-year veteran of the force, is also a vice-president of the Waco Police Association.
A third officer, identified only as “Officer O’Neal,” has admitted to engaging “a suspect with a gun” and firing one shot from his M-4.
Last May 18, CNN, citing an unnamed, law enforcement source, reported that police had killed four people at the Twin Peaks “in a hail of police bullets,” Waco police spokesman W. Patrick Swanton immediately tried to bully CNN talking head Ashleigh Banfield into a retraction.
“That’s not fact,” Swanton declared. He lectured Banfield that he was the only person on the planet who could authoritatively speak about the massacre. Then he told Banfield that the number of police victims was unknowable because the autopsies had not been “completed.”
Eight Homicides Solved
The AP also reports that the pole camera recorded the execution of Vietnam veteran Jesus Delgado Rodriguez. According to the wire service, Rodriguez tackled a biker who was brandishing a gun. The two wrestled on the ground until a third biker approached and stomped on Rodriguez’ head. The biker with whom Rodriguez had been wrestling then shot Rodriguez in the head and walked away. The names of both of Rodriguez’ assailants are known to police.
The evidence reported today seems to account for five of the nine homicides.
Additionally, a voluntary statement made by a Cossack on May 17 incriminates a single Bandido for three additional homicides. Police reports suggest that the pole camera substantiates the Cossack’s allegations. In July, a source told The Aging Rebel that that cooperating Cossack had participated in the fight and was seen talking to police immediately afterward. The Cossack was indicted under seal last month and is currently free on bond.
Obviously, police and McLennan County prosecutor Abelino “Abel” Reyna had at least eight of the nine homicides solved before deciding to arrest 176 people last Spring. Reyna indicted scores of people he knew to be completely innocent anyway.