The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nothing new has been revealed since that now infamous day at Twin Peaks in Waco, Texas and that is exactly the problem. On a positive note, media attention has increased somewhat with the latest article from G.Q. Magazine, but that is not enough especially since most of this article is a regurgitation of what we already now, just 5 months later.
There has yet to be an uproar except within the motorcycle community. The ACLU hasn’t jumped in, the Attorney General hasn’t jumped in, and neither has the federal government and even if they tried, after the disaster with the Branch Davidians (Waco I) under Janet Reno’s watch, I’m sure the local Waco government wants nothing to do with the feds. This case has become so interesting that I’m sure it will be used in the textbooks for law schools and it is interesting enough that I have my law class writing about it. While fascinating from a legal perspective, it’s disgusting from a personal perspective. I made it a point to tell my law class earlier this week that this could have happened to me. I see that many bikes at a location and I’m stopping to hang out with all the bikers. Before I know it, I’m arrested, I’m facing a $1 million dollar bond, and I lose my license to practice law until all this is settled.
The G.Q. article does mention some new facts from “anonymous” sources. Whether real or not, to be honest, I don’t care. I’m just glad at least a major player like G.Q. is writing about it. But, as I have mentioned before, until investigative reporters step in, file lawsuits to obtain public records, etc…. we will have to continue to depend on Waco’s PD Facebook updates.
Bullets could be heard whizzing by but not from handguns and one anonymous motorcycle club member stated to G.Q. after three “pops” from handguns, the only thing he heard was “squad automatic weapons” which would have been used by law enforcement. Mind you, a lot of those present are ex-military and they know the difference between a small handgun and automatic weapons with suppressors being fired.
One anonyous Cossack told G.Q. he saw his friends “head come off.” Obviously, that wasn’t done by a handgun. Another Cossack that was interviewed stated not even what they experienced as Marines could prepare them for what occurred in Waco.
After the shootout, members of mc’s started to take care of the wounded while Waco, PD did nothing but point weapons on them. Men were bleeding out and died because they did not get the medical attention they needed. One Cossack (originally I put Bandido member – but I was emailed that I had the wrong information) was zip-tied even though he was shot and eventually died. Now, give that thought for one second. No one objects to law enforcement doing their job. If law enforcement wishes to infiltrate an mc, that is also fine. But, what we all object to is the lack of humanity when you see another person dying from a gunshot wound and the Waco Police Department does nothing about it. I understand clearly that they wish to “send a message,” but the message they have sent is that of a third world country. A message that rings clear: you haven no rights, your life is worth nothing, we will cover this up because the U.S. Constitution does not apply here, and if it means you die from inhumane treatment, so be it.
Supposedly, members of the Cossacks took off their cuts and showed their police badges inside the restaurant when the incident occurred, and this was stated by different club members. If so, this go back to everyone’s original theory; this was a set up from the word “go.” As one member of the Bandidos put it “seven of the nine dead were head shots or chest shots. Who trains for that?” Let me help you with this one, there are only so many Jax Teller’s in the world. Fact is as chapter President John Wilson of the Cossacks said, “harried handgun fights are usually a pretty inaccurate situation.” Which is true. Just look up videos on YouTube on gun fights, including with law enforcement in close quarters, it is never as calm, cool, and collected as in the movies. Shooters are always ducking and shooting blindly.
As I continued to read the G.Q. article, after the arrest, I came across a part that was eerily familiar. As we speak, I am finishing up an action-adventure novel titled 90 Miles to Cuba, which is based on a secret organization that assassinates Fidel Castro. While doing research for the book, I was reading about the Bay of Pigs and those captured from Brigade 2506. They were forced to sit 18-23 hours at a time and defecated and slept wherever they could. Those arrested that day, were also forced to sit on the floor for 18+ hours and slept wherever they could as they were hogtied. You thought there were no dictators in the U.S., sorry, but you are wrong. Sergeant Swanton from the Waco PD seems to have a lot in common with Fidel Castro, including using the media to spread his gospel while others are forced to shut up. There is no free press in communist Cuba and there is no free press in Waco, Texas.
What has happened in Waco is beyond disgusting. As an attorney, I have never seen anything like it before. And to think Reyna’s own father was to lead the grand jury? The only educated response I could come up with is what the fuck? Seriously? There are over 100,ooo residents in Waco, and they cannot find a Grand Jury Foreman not tied into the prosecutor’s office or the Waco Police Department? When is anyone going to have the balls to step up to the plate and clear up this fiasco? From the looks of it, this is one of the largest corruption cases I have ever seen. There was less corruption in the Town of Charming on Son’s of Anarchy than there is in Waco!
Waco II not only gives a black eye to the great state of Texas, but our entire legal system and form of government. Let me put it to you this way: the majority of my students are Venezuelan and with the disaster of what is the beautiful country of Venezuela now, even they were shocked to hear the facts in this case.
It comes down to this as I have said many times, if the government, whether at the state or federal level isn’t willing to step in, then it is up to us, the people, to make sure something is done. My parents fled Cuba because they wished to avoid communism, corruption, and lack of a free press. If they lived in Waco, Texas, to quote the great Yogi Berra who passed away earlier this week; “it seems like deja vu all over again.”
Bikers and the great people of Texas, stay strong!