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It’s been almost six months since the tragic shooting at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. Immediately following the shooting we were told that it was due to a group of gang members involved in a turf war. Over 170 bikers were arrested under RICO charges (which were never filed) and we praised the Waco Police Department for their swift action in getting these thugs off the streets.

Then something changed.

The public began to realize that thugs weren’t the only ones arrested in the knee-jerk dragnet. Business leaders, a minister, and other citizens who like to ride Harleys on the weekend. There were even bikers arrested for filling up with gas at a truck stop miles away because McLennan County Sheriffs Deputies believed they might have been on the way to the meeting.
Each person who was arrested was immediately given bail in the amount of $1 million.

They waited.


We waited.


The media forgot.


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The media remembered on a slow news day.


If there’s nothing to hide, why are the officials we are supposed to trust hiding everything?
Yesterday the Dallas Morning News, which was initially supportive of the police, called for a full account. Anything less, they say, is a violation of public trust.

Here is an excerpt from their article which can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

Why does McLennan County have a problem with transparency? A series of actions by officials and the judge overseeing the case provide ample cause for the public to doubt this entire process. District Judge Matt Johnson issued a gag order that prohibited all arrested bikers from talking about the case. As of Monday, 162 days had passed since the shootout, yet not a single charge has been filed for the nine deaths. Yet no one is allowed to talk.

One biker, Matthew Clendennen, felt compelled to sue, arguing that the gag order is unconstitutional. Others complain that the blanket nature of the bail assessments treated all 177 suspects as equally culpable. All were painted with the same presumption of guilt even though it’s now clear that many were non-combatants who were fleeing the gunfire and simply were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two-thirds of those arrested had no prior convictions.

Additional confusion reigns over who did the shooting. Initial law enforcement assertions laid blame on the bikers. But evidence now indicates that police gunfire added to the melee.

The public’s natural tendency in a high-profile case like this is to seek information so we can sift the bad from good and lies from truth. Waco officials seem willing to risk a loss of public trust in order to maintain a stranglehold on information.

Requests by attorneys and advocates under the Texas Public Records act continue to be ignored and shot down by McLennan County and Waco officials. What are they hiding?

McLennan County has a long history of corruption. From the Downtown Waco embezzlement to the County Treasurer’s arrest for corruption, it’s looking like more of the same ole’ same ole’ in Waco.

That fishy smell? It’s not the Brazos.

If peaceful members of our communities can be arrested for eating chicken fried steak, you might be next.

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