Conservative alternative media is finding problems with the police version of the Waco shootout.
Last Thursday I asked if the now-closed Twin Peaks restaurant was really the source of the problem the way the police said that it was. What I didn’t know then is that The Last Refuge blog at ConservativeTreeHouse.com had found a lot more troubling information.
IRONY – The death toll from the “Twin Peaks” shootout was greater than the total number of homicides Waco police investigated in all of 2014 – And all of the “Twin Peaks” dead were shot by police.
There are lots of problems with the police story. For one thing they are holding over a hundred people on million-dollar bonds claiming they are known gang members. How did the police know about them? The vast majority have no criminal record at all, at least in Texas. The Associated Press reports,
Records searched by The Associated Press show more than 115 of the 170 people arrested in the aftermath of a motorcycle gang shootout outside a Central Texas restaurant have not been convicted of a crime in Texas.
In fact, one of the biker groups got a commendation from the city after the shootout!
Days after a biker shootout at a Texas restaurant, the same group that organized the motorcyclists’ meeting that turned violent received a proclamation from the Waco City Council designating May as “Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.”
The council issued the proclamation Tuesday, two days after nine people were killed in the shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco. The proclamation was to be presented to Steven Cochran on behalf of the Confederation of Clubs, which had organized the Sunday biker meeting, but Cochran decided not to attend the City Council meeting, Waco City Secretary Esmeralda Hudson said Friday.
Cochran declined an interview with The Associated Press on Friday, but posted a picture of the proclamation on his Facebook page. In his post, he said he and Sandra Lynch accepted the proclamation in absentia.
Lynch couldn’t attend because she is one of about 170 people who were arrested after Sunday’s shootout. She remains jailed on a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.
It is not every day that a city council gives a proclamation to a criminal biker outlaw.
In his Facebook post, Cochran praised Waco City Council members for their support of motorcycle safety but complained about the Waco Police Department’s characterization of the bikers at Sunday’s meeting.
“I felt it was prudent to not have a public display at the city council meeting after all being hardened gangsters according to the Waco PD we didn’t want to put anyone in harm’s way quite unlike the local police department did at Twin Peaks,” he wrote.
Additionally, at least one man who was killed does not seem to have been a gang member:
Military records show one of the nine bikers killed outside a Texas restaurant was a Purple Heart recipient who served in Vietnam.
Jesus Delgado Rodriguez of New Braunfels, Texas, was an active-duty Marine from 1969 to 1973. He received the Purple Heart, as well as a Navy commendation medal and several other awards. The Purple Heart is given to those wounded or killed in action.
Rodriguez’s family says he was not part of an outlaw biker gang, despite police claims that all nine bikers who died were members of criminal gangs.
An Associated Press review of court records and a database maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety found no criminal history in Texas for Rodriguez.
It will be interesting to see how this shakes out in court.