Dallas attorney Don Tittle filed another 11 civil rights lawsuits against the city of Waco, McLennan County and the rest of the evildoers yesterday. Those evildoers, in case you have just returned from the secret prison colony on the far side of the Moon, are former Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, a lying Waco cop named Manuel Chavez, local district attorney Abelino “Abel” Reyna and an as yet undetermined number of John Does.
The 11 new complainants are Daryle Walker, Michael Woods, Don Fowler, David Cepeda, Kevin Rash, Richard Kreder, Greg Corrales, Bobby Joe Samford, Jimmy Spencer, Jr., Craig Rodahl and Arley Harris III.
Like Morgan English, the Zeta Tau Alpha from Brenham who filed suit against the same evildoers for $350 million plus exemplary damages last week, all of yesterday’s complainants were arrested on May 17, 2015 for loitering in the parking lot of the Waco Twin Peaks restaurant. Like English, they were all arrested on a trumped up charge of “engaging in organized criminal activity.” Like English they were all given a Skimmington ride, slandered, humiliated, incarcerated and impoverished. Unlike English, they have not yet calculated the height of the big pile of Benjamins it will take to once again make them whole – which leaves open the possibility that $350 million might just be a starting point.
Let’s see if the calculator that comes with every iPhone works: Eleven times $350 million is $3.85 billion. Is that what you got, too?
Where’s The News
Like English, none of the new complainants has ever been indicted – even by the witch dunking contest Waconians call a grand jury. And none of them has ever been no billed by one of these pro-forma grand juries. “No billing” is the grand jury procedure that declares a suspect innocent. So far, only the Waco cops who did most of the killing have been no billed.
The new, 55-page lawsuit includes the same, familiar litany of police state atrocities that went unnoticed by the world’s ravenous pack of migrating press and to which even people who care have become numb.
“It is undisputed that members of law enforcement fired upon individuals at the gathering, although it is yet unknown the extent of the injuries caused by law enforcement. Regardless of the manner or cause of the deaths, the loss of life that occurred that day is, without question, tragic. Unfortunately, the actions of law enforcement, including members of the McLennan County District Attorney’s Office, compounded the tragedy by causing the wrongful arrest and incarceration of countless innocent individuals,” the humble reporter reads.
“Despite a total lack of particularized evidence relating to specific individuals, Defendants Stroman, Chavez, and Reyna determined that individuals would be arrested and charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity based entirely on their presence at Twin Peaks, the motorcycle club that Defendants presumed an individual was associated with, and/or the clothing they were wearing at the time of the incident. Rather than investigating the incident and relying on actual facts to establish probable cause, Defendants theorized that a conspiracy of epic proportion between dozens of people had taken place, and willfully ignored the total absence of facts to support their ‘theory’,” the reporter continues.
And his crusty, old editor – if there still are, in fact, crusty, old editors – impatiently replies, “And where, exactly is the goddamn news in this goddamn lawsuit?”
Between The Lines
The news is between the lines. The news was filed in a related document last Friday, March 10 by the evildoers’ lawyers – a clown car law firm named Haley & Olson.
Last June Haley & Olson convinced a federal judge name Sam Sparks to suspend the civil suits against their clients until the complainants’ actual guilt or innocence was established at trial. “A false arrest claim should be stayed until resolution of the criminal charges, as until that time it may be difficult to determine the relation between the two,” they argued on behalf of Reyna and so on as if Reyna wasn’t actually preventing the resolution of the criminal charges.
Tittle and his clients had to eat that one but they eventually filed a motion in federal court that would allow suits by complainants who have never been indicted to proceed. The idea was to get on with the lawsuits before the statute of limitations runs out on the discovery of certain types of evidence. Evidence like: What was the criminal “intelligence” that led militarized cops to the Twin Peaks parking lot that day; what did the Texas Department of Public Safety expect to record when they installed a pole camera in the Twin Peaks parking lot at seven that morning; what did police propagandist Patrick Swanton mean when he said, “we expected issues;” and what did Jeffrey Rogers, Waco’s “detective of the year” the year before, mean when he wrote, “In my mind I expected some tension, some arguing, pushing and shoving, fights, I didn’t expect that.”
There has been a coverup underway in Waco for the last 669 days. Since the pools of blood dried into stains the coverup has been accomplished by official bullying, manufactured confusion, misleading false narratives, prevarication and contrived delays. The coverup is intended to conceal an illegal conspiracy by federal, state and local authorities who were desperate to create racketeering predicates to which the general public could relate for a pending case against officers and members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club. What could be more relatable than a “mafia on wheels” shooting up a mall?
Three distinct facts may illuminate this coverup.
First, a joint federal, state and local investigation of the Bandidos was underway at least a year before the Twin Peaks bloodbath. The racketeering indictment that resulted from that investigation was full of accusations that the Bandidos were engaged in a “war” with the Cossacks Motorcycle Club. The same indictment, which has been superseded twice, doesn’t mention what happened in Waco once.
Second, although it will come as no surprise to reporters who investigate stuff, the lead in a Washington Post story this morning read: “The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.”
And third, as reporters who investigate stuff already know, the standard reason for denying a FOIA request is that the requested material is relevant to an “ongoing investigation.”
Consequently, you should not be shocked to learn that the evildoers’ lawyers reply last week to Tittle’s motion argued, “The unindicted Plaintiffs in this case were arrested. The investigation of these individuals remains open. That they have not yet been taken before the grand jury does not mean that they will not be taken before the grand jury. These individuals have not been absolved of criminal wrongdoing.”
More plainly stated Reyna, through his lawyers, threatens to yet indict Morgan English, the Zeta Tau Alpha from Brenham because, after 669 days, Reyna is not yet convinced of her innocence of the charge against her. It is a blatantly mendacious argument. Reyna should be dunked to see if he floats.
In a cell at the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, O.J. Simpson, who once vowed to find the “real killer” of the people he stabbed to death, is embarrassed for Waco and Stroman and Chavez and Reyna.
It is about time for the rest of the United States to start feeling embarrassed about this travesty of justice, too.