Updates Waco Biker Trial
Last week finished with Mike Lynch, a founding member of Los Pirados M.C., testifying in the trial of Bandidos Chapter President Jacob Carrizal. Mike’s wife Sandra, helped organize the meeting of the COCI (Coalition of Clubs and Independents) at Twin Peaks and did confront the Cossacks which resulted in her being spit on and called a c***. By some accounts, the Cossacks were at at Twin Peaks as much as ninety minutes before the scheduled meeting.
In part, Lynch’s testimony included being aware of conflicts between the two clubs, but not witnessing any violence between them. Lynch also testified at being at other events which included the Bandidos, but again there were no incidents. When asked by Prosecutor Michael Jarrett if the Cossacks were claiming Waco as their turf, he replied “yes, they said Waco was going to be their town.”
The Bandidos do not have a chapter in Waco, Texas. Jarrett’s question resulted in an answer by Lynch that has been the theory of criminal defense attorney Casie Gotro, and that is that the Cossacks were the aggressors, not the Bandidos.
Twin Peaks Manager
The former manager of Twin Peaks, Brad Doan also testified. His testimony included statements that bike night had not being cancelled since he never had issues at prior bike nights, this after even being warned by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. “The first one we did in 2015, the one in April, there was a TABC officer that approached a member of ownership, gave us a brief description of two clubs having issues, the Cossacks and the Bandidos.” Ultimately, the owners decided against cancelling bike night.
Doan even testified he knew something was wrong since the Cossacks were lined up shoulder-to-shoulder in the outdoor patio area with their backs turned to the restaurant and looking outside towards the parking lot.
“Well, when they were lined up I thought there was gonna be a fight out there or somethin’ and so I wanted to ensure that didn’t happen, and I told every employee to stay inside and not go out on the patio.”
Now you have Mike and Sandra Lynch, and now Doan stating that there have been no issues with the Bandidos before, but it looked like something was going to happen and no one seems to be pointing the fingers at the Bandidos directly. Again, this coincides with Casie Gotro’s theory that the Cossacks were the aggressors.
An undercover agent with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the one that installed a surveillance camera on a pole outside of the Twin Peaks restaurant, also testified and reviewed the surveillance video before the jury.
He was one of four agents that was to work undercover inside the restaurant and he testified that he did not expect any violence as he was not even wearing a bulletproof vest. “We did not believe there would be the violence that there was on a Sunday at a strip mall.”
-“that’s why we only had undercover officers inside the restaurant and snipers on the roof.”
Personally, I’m not sure how the snipers fit within the surveillance statement.
Gotro did ask during her cross if they checked with other agencies to make sure there would not be a conflict with other ongoing investigations. The agent replied no since again, their intent was surveillance (don’t forget with snipers on the roof). I have blogged previously that there was no communication with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
In addition, the agent testified that they were able to see live feeds from the surveillance camera and when they realized how many Cossacks were present, the undercover agents pulled out due to security concerns. Once again, this follows the defense theory that the Cossacks were the aggressors.
There is no doubt since the mass arrests and absurd million dollar bonds that something did not add up with this case. Even more so when the prosecution’s theory depends on having a jury believe that both clubs were ready to go to war, ahead of time, in a public place, near a crowded mall where security cameras are likely to be and where there was a visible presence of law enforcement.
But, the question I keep asking myself is why was the D.A. pushing for Carrizal first when other defendant’s were literally begging to go to trial first?
In football, the quarterback is the leader of the team. At times he receives credit for a win not attributable to him and at other times wrongfully gets accused of defeat. Carrizal is the leader of his team so it’s only logical that he would be blamed the state. In addition, the D.A. could not start at the bottom of the totem pole and seek convictions on members that were most likely not going to testify against their leader/quarterback. Instead, the D.A. aimed high, believing if they bring down the leader, then those in the rest of the club would fold and accept plea offers.
As I have mentioned an endless amount of times before; any pleas will result in the end of any civil rights lawsuit. Thus, this isn’t about justice, it’s about money.
Logic also dictates that the D.A. would start with it’s strongest case, thus, a conviction on Carrizal all but guarantees a domino effect for the rest of the members. If Carrizal’s case ends in an acquittal, then what are the odds that others facing trials take a plea, especially after the D.A.’s hand has been shown in advance? But this still didn’t answer my question as to why Carrizal was chosen to be the first one.
Post mass arrest, the D.A. working in conjunction with WACO P.D., had to figure out what that next step was. There is no denying that the Bandidos run Texas and are the largest motorcycle club in the state, and that has been testified to in less than two weeks ad nauseum. If Texas wasn’t a Bandido state, then there would be no issue between the two clubs. So while Carrizal?
Because law enforcement now sees an opportunity to get rid of the Bandidos. One conviction will lead to another, then another, and will weaken the ranks of the Bandidos especially under the watchful eye of law enforcement.
If the town of Waco pulls off mass convictions, you don’t think that when police participate in profiling the domino effect will be that the D.A.’s office and the court system will let things slide? Of course they will! Like Tiger Woods always said; “winning takes care of everything.” If they get convictions, then civil rights lawsuits come to a screeching halt. To the victor goes the spoils.
When a law suit is lost whether in government or the corporate world, the next day there is a meeting that starts with “I want to go over our new policy.” Yes, lawsuits dictate policies. Just look at how many jurisdictions have no-chase policies. That was a result of lawsuits. Thus, when an entity loses a lawsuit, they say “don’t do this again because last time it cost us ‘x’ amount of dollars.” But, when they win a lawsuit, the answer is “keep doing it until we lose.”
That’s why Carrizal is first, because this is about the Bandidos! It doesn’t matter that if they lose their stronghold on Texas other clubs will be jockeying for position because those clubs are not as large as the Bandidos. Thus, law enforcement can afford to take them on and stop them before they get too big! How? Profiling! Illegal searches/seizures! Arrests! They will quickly develop a reputation in Waco if not, Texas that m.c.’s are looking for trouble if they stick around in Texas. Why? Because the D.A., law enforcement, and the town of Waco’s long term plan is that the end justifies the means.
The D.A.’s office lead by Abel Reyna, for now seems content on rolling the dice on Carrizal. The problem is you should never put all your eggs in one basket nor bet against the house.