Waco Biker Shootout – 09/15/2016 Update
On September 14, 2016, and not surprisingly, the three law enforcement officers who were involved in the May 17, 2015 shooting at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, have been cleared of any wrongdoing in an internal investigation and also by a grand jury.
Interim Police Chief Frank Gentsch actually took the opportunity to praise the officers. “These officers acted professional under very difficult circumstances,” Gentsch said in a statement after the grand jury’s decision. “I’m glad to have this caliber of officers protecting our city. I appreciate the job conducted by the department investigators, the Texas Rangers, the McLennan County DA’s office and the grand jury in this case.”
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As you most likely know, on May 17, 2015, there was a fight and shootout in Waco during a Confederations of Clubs (C.O.C.) meeting at Twin Peaks. Nine bikers were killed, twenty others required medical attention at the hospital, 177 were arrested that day, over a dozen more were arrested within the following weeks, and over 150 were eventually indicted.
There were a lot of questions as to what really happened at Twin Peaks that day. More specifically, there were five unanswered questions:
1. What caused the fight and shootout?
2. Why was everyone charged with “engaging in organized criminal activity” no matter what they clearly did or didn’t do?
3. Why were police on the scene before the incident started?
4. How many bikers were shot by police?
5. Where were the videos from the Waco biker shootout?
With the first question, although some of the basics seem to be agreed upon by many, most of it is not. Because there is already too much speculation, out of respect, we won’t get into i
The answer to the second question, is we are waiting to see if this was Constitutional and how many of the cases go to trial.
Next, law enforcement has stated that there were sixteen officers at Twin Peaks before the C.O.C. meeting started because they believed there might be a public safety issue. Beyond that, again, there is a lot of speculation.
The partial answer to the third question is what ballistic tests have reported which is that of the nine bikers that died, four were shot with a .223 bullet(s). Two of those were only shot by a .223 and the other two were shot by a .223 and another type of bullet(s). Law enforcement has stated that the only known persons to have a rifle that uses this round were law enforcement.
About five months after the incident, one video surfaced. It was one of many videos from police dashcams, Twin Peaks and surrounding businesses that needed to be released to clarify what happened that day.
Recently more of these videos have been released. Some contain both details and speculation, and one is just raw footage without any details.
Stephen Stubbs Video – He is a lawyer who has represented various motorcycle clubs in the past. He initially represented the Bandidos Motorcycle Club for the release of an initial statement, but he no longer represents them. Subsequently, the video, with his speculation, was released by him as an individual and not representing any clubs or individuals involved.