The Mysterious Case of the Waco, Texas Biker Shootout
The afternoon of Sunday was not a good one for Texas. Waco, Texas saw a massive brawl among many biker M/C clubs in the afternoon. The incident took place at Twin Peaks restaurant a few weeks back.
The members of various biker gangs had come to that spot not to fight, but to talk about some matters they had regarding turf wars that had been going on in the past.
However, things didn’t go the way bikers had wanted, and rather a fight broke out among them. When the battle ended, nine people were dead.
A Little About Bikers In Texas.
You probably already know how bikers look. They have their style, big bodies, bandanas on their heads, frequently large muscles, sometimes with funny, or Hessian style mustaches, tattoos on their arms and of course. They are often riding bikes, or out having fun as a club, or attending “church.” Bikers are quite notorious in Texas.
We do know one famous M/C was in the fight. In fact, this was the biker club called the Bandidos. They remain an outlaw biker group. Bandidos was founded by a patriotic former US Marine vet. He was fresh from the war in Nam. His name is Donald Eugene Chambers. Of particular interest, the club modeled its patch after my favorite USMC colors.
Chambers, having fought and having been wounded and decorated serving his country in war, wanted to experience the excitement and freedom of other rough men. This remains why we have this world famous club today. This particular group or rough and ready men has its branches not only in many states of the U.S. It remains a worldwide club.
They are called “crime groups,” by law enforcement, and they have direct relations with many drug dealers in Mexico as well.
Just like Bloods and Crips these biker gangs can also be very dangerous. The government swears that these are organized crime groups, and there is always a secure communication among their members back and forth, worldwide.
One would not want to sympathize with such groups usually, but the situation in Waco is a bit different. What happened in Waco after the incident is something that’s probably not going to change people’s beliefs about biker groups but have an impact on how people expect to receive justice in the country.
The Unfairness After The Incident.
It is quite a shocking fact that police took more than 170 bikers from the scene and put them behind bars. It is as if police were waiting for them to gather somewhere and take them all to prison in one go.
However, it is evident from the facts that have revealed after the incident that police might have taken too many people in custody. At the same time, the bail set for these prisoners remains enormous. Criminal justice in Waco will become a question mark for people who ride.
Hurting the Justice System?
The police reached the scene where bikers were fighting and had already killed nine people. They arrested the bikers from the scene and took them into custody. How does it affect justice in any way? Not all the bikers were in the brawl. Furthermore, they were not even at the scene with any intentions of causing harm.
Police officials say the dead brawlers were all gang members. Also, members of 5 gangs were present at the site according to the police. So every person caught, arrested and in the hospital was there for the purpose of violence and not for eating. That’s not what the families of many arrested have to say.
One person injured was Jesus Delgado. His family asserts he was there to attend a meeting. Also, Jesus has a Purple Heart in his portfolio. He received that for his services in Vietnam.
The man also has a clean record. Plus, he has never been jailed. Furthermore, another arrestee is a detective. He renders his services as a detective in the area of San Antonio.
At the same time, we must not forget that some people were there only for recreation and eating.
There Were People With Weapons Too
After capturing people from the scene, the police they would find thousands of weapons. However, only 118 weapons found were handguns. The rest were knives, chains, brass knuckles, etc. Even if we consider them all weapons, we have to see the status of their legality. Texas honors ALL of your Constitutional rights, not just the traditional ones.
Knives but not guns?
Only certain types of knives are illegal in Texas. But keeping others would never be a problem for citizens. Some handguns aren’t necessarily illegal.
Concealed carry is allowed in the Texas. And people had legal firearms in their possession when the incident took place. A 51% sign on any premises in Texas means that no one can carry weapons on the premises. But that was not the case with Twin Peaks restaurant.
This remains true even if they had firearms in their possession. The Public Information Act does not allow the information about the license of any firearms in the possession of a Texas citizen. So this information remains confidential.
Is It Fair To Set The Bail At $1 Million.
Bail is fixed at $1 million. Some defendants are possibly in the position to pay the bond on this amount. But most of the others can’t afford that bail amount.
Coming up with $1 million dollars in cash is not easy for most people in the country. So that means it would be very hard to get a bail bonding company to cover such a risk. Justice Pete Peterson set the bail for the defendants. He said the bail was set high to “teach” a lesson.
He said that most of the so-called gangsters involved in this fight had come invited outside the city. Nine people died in this battle. And one must teach them a lesson, so they avoid such brawls in the future.
A point that needs attention here is what law says about this scenario. Does the law allow high bails to teach lessons? Bail in Texas comes from Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 17.15.
When we look at the contents, we find out that the criteria for sending a message are very unfair in this regard. In its essence bail obligates a defendant to return to court for case proceedings and hearings.
High Bail Hurts Justice?
It seems that this high bail amount would only hurt justice. It would also tarnish the concept of justice in the minds of the people in two different ways. For defendants who were there to attend a meeting and are not actually active members of the clubs, this bail is probably unpayable.
They more than likely won’t have the financial backing of the M/C, so they probably won’t be able to muster up such a huge amount. And if not, they will remain in jail forever at this rate. On the other hand, we have the ones who really could belong to gangs and cartels.
These people will only have to contact a few people here and there and ask for a favor. The helping hands of the land corrupting gangs will pay the $1 million amount. And they will take their people out of jail. The only ones who will remain in prison for years to come would probably be those who could not pay their bail amount.
First of all, we can expect most of the defendants to file their appeals and writs to get out of jail. Because they were for something they didn’t do, they can seek Habeus Corpus. At the same time, we might see many writs filed to reduce the amount of bail everyone must pay. Organized criminal activity is the charge.
And this particular activity paved the way to capital murder. While it might hold true for some, most of the people in the jail will not fall under this category. Many people in the jail will also have to rely on state-funded lawyers to fight their cases.
No Murder Charges?
No murder charges have been filed. We must also keep in mind that government and states try to avoid capital murder cases. They have extortionate costs.
From this, we can conclude that the state might not charge any of the prisoners with capital murder. On one hand, the court is trying to teach a lesson to the people by using bail amounts. But we must say that the court needs to learn from the past capital punishment cases too.
There is also the whole guilty until proven innocent issue, which seems to be at play here. But the court may have created a problem by using bail to punish, instead of its actual purpose. That being the prevention of a defendant from fleeing the jurisdiction.