Following the tragedy in Waco, 170 individuals were arrested, charged with participating in organized crime, and given $1 million dollar bails. Although there are currently insufficient details to determine exactly what happened at twin Peaks, there is ZERO DOUBT that the majority of the 170 individuals are not responsible for any violence. The majority of individuals that were arrested do not have a criminal record.
This was a Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting solely intended to discuss legal and political issues. It was not, as has been reported, a gang meeting to discuss turf. COC meetings have been occurring in Texas and nationwide for decades without a single violent incident. The myth being purported is simply false.
Video from inside the restaurant clearly shows the vast majority of bikers running away from the shooting and even helping civilians get to safety. Remember, law enforcement was on the scene and should have a clear picture of aggressors and victims. This should not be a guessing game. But it appears that the Waco PD arrested the majority of eyewitnesses and rights activists present at a publicly promoted political event.
So, for example, how can a mother, father, and son setting up a public safety booth for a political gathering be guilty of organized crime when violence erupts around them? It is not a crime to be present when a tragedy occurs. But that is how the majority of the 170 arrested are being charged and characterized. There are veterans, ministers, former law enforcement, and everyday working Americans that are being denied their freedom and having their reputations tarnished because they were being responsible constituents and participating in the democratic process.
$1 million dollar bails for 170 individuals is baseline corruption. Bail is intended to insure that an individual attends court and does not flee. Extraordinary bail is being used as a punitive measure in Waco. It has been reported that few if any bondsmen in Waco will cover a $1 million dollar bond. In effect, bail is being used to keep innocent people incarcerated cut off from their families and places of employment. Many have already lost their livelihoods simply due to accusations and conjecture.
It is imperative that average American citizens are not stereotyped as criminals simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. The national biker community urges all relevant officials in Texas to reevaluate this massive injustice and make corrections. Charges on the majority of the 170 are clearly specious and should be dropped so these individual victims of overzealous law enforcement may return to their families and begin the process of healing and recovery.