Thu
11
May

Bikers Sue Cops For $1 Billion Over ‘Witch Hunt’

They brought raffle tickets to a gunfight.

Four members of the Grim Guardians motorcycle club showed up to Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, on May 17, 2015, for a meeting about state politics, they say. Instead, rival motorcycle gangs opened fire on each other before police moved in.

They walked into gunfire, and they left in handcuffs.

When the smoke cleared, nine men were dead, 20 people were injured, and 177 bikers were arrested for engaging in organized criminal activity — including the Grim Guardians.

Now Jim Albert Harris, Bonar Crump Jr., Drew King, and Juan Carlos Garcia are suing the city, law enforcement, and the restaurant for violating their civil rights, slandering their reputations, and more.

They’re not the first bikers to sue over the shootout, but they are the first to demand $1 billion and compare the violence to poison gas attacks in Syria.

Wed
21
Sep

Twin Peaks motorcycle forfeitures on hold while criminal cases continue

Diego Obledo does not fit what many consider a typical biker stereotype.
The 42-year-old San Antonio man drove a Toyota SUV, not a Harley, to Waco on May 17, 2015. Instead of carrying a Glock or Beretta, he had a camouflage-covered New Testament in his pocket, given to him during his time in the Texas Air National Guard.
Before coming to Waco on the morning of the deadly Twin Peaks shootout, Obledo was making more than $100,000 a year as a manager of a financial services company, according to his attorney, Don Tittle.
“He has no criminal record at all. He had a Bible in his pocket, not a gun,” Tittle said.
Obledo said he ducked behind a car in the parking lot when the gunfire erupted. He was not injured, but he was among 177 arrested after the deadly shootout ended and remains among 154 who since have been indicted.

Wed
14
Sep

3 Waco officers cleared of wrongdoing in Twin Peaks biker shootout that left 9 dead

Three Waco police officers who responded to the Twin Peaks shootout in 2015 that left nine people dead and 20 hurt will not be indicted by a grand jury.

A McLennan County grand jury finished a review of the shootings Wednesday and didn't charge any of the officers: Andy O'Neal, Michael Bucher and Heath Jackson.

The May 2015 shooting occurred among rival biker gangs after one showed up at a Twin Peaks restaurant where others were holding a planned meeting, The Dallas Morning News previously reported. The restaurant is now closed.

Tue
13
Sep

Waco Punishment Continues

What has always been most despicable about the Twin Peaks tragedy is that a little clique or hick politicians have been allowed to violate the contract that has always existed between Americans and their government. We owe our government our loyalty, obedience and sometimes the blood of our sons. Our government owes us our basic human rights including, but not limited to, our liberty and our property.

The notion that the English speaking peoples should only be punished when they break the law rather than at the whim of some bloated toad like McLennan County prosecutor Abelino Reyna was first codified when England’s worst king ever, the only one named John, was forced by his subordinates to sign a document called the Magna Carta or “Great Charter.”

Mon
12
Sep

ATF sting in Milwaukee flawed from start

From the outset, an undercover gun-buying sting by federal agents in Milwaukee was plagued by confusion.

Local ATF agents wanted to target their longtime nemesis, the Outlaws. They had been going after the aging motorcycle gang with what they dubbed "Operation Smokin’ Piston," breaking up untaxed cigarette operations on the south side, but were having little success nailing the gang.

It was 2011. Fellow agents with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives familiar with the Outlaws elsewhere in the country came to Milwaukee to offer some advice: Ditch the tobacco operation. The Outlaws were savvy to that type of sting. Instead try a fake storefront, a “surplus shop” and sell T-shirts, motorcycle parts and other goods as a front.  Situate the store in the gang’s prime territory: Police District 2.

That’s how to get the Outlaws, the experienced agents advised.

Sun
28
Aug

Palaszczuk Government's bikie colours move branded 'a sprinkling of tough measures'

The Queensland Opposition is sceptical about the State Government's move to crack down on bikies wearing their club colours in public.

A ban on outlaw motorcycle gang members wearing club colours at pubs and clubs will be extended to all public places as part of the Palaszczuk Government's changes to the LNP's anti-gang laws.

Shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said he doubted that the full suite of amendments, to be introduced in September, would be as tough.

"What we've seen from the Premier and the Attorney-General today is a sprinkling of apparently tough measures, but we haven't seen the whole package," he said.

"We know that Labor aren't on about toughening these laws, they've been saying that the laws are too tough. We want to see the whole package."

Wed
17
Aug

ACT anti-consorting laws 'neccessary', says police union

Laws that would prevent known criminals from associating with one another are needed to stop outlaw motorcycle gangs, the federal police union says.

In welcoming a $6.4 million boost to the ACT police taskforce set up to crack down on outlaw motorcycle gangs, Australian Federal Police Association president Angela Smith said the tough but controversial measures put on hold by the ACT Government were "necessary" to fight crime carried out by bikie gangs.

Fri
12
Aug

“Deputy of the Year” Charged With Using His Police Power to Rape Three Girls, One Was Only 6

Rockland, ME — A highly-decorated veteran deputy of the Lincoln county Sheriff’s Office was indicted this week on 21 counts related to the alleged sexual assaults of multiple young girls throughout his career in law enforcement.

Deputy Kenneth L. Hatch III, 46, was originally arrested last June on multiple counts of sexual abuse against one girl. However, on Tuesday, as reported by Bangor Daily News, a Knox County grand jury indicted Hatch on 10 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of unlawful sexual contact and eight counts of aggravated furnishing of marijuana in connection with alleged incidents against three victims.

One of his alleged victims was a six-year-old girl whom over the years was repeatedly violated by this monster.

Fri
15
Jul

Criminologist Terry Goldsworthy says bikies have been unfairly demonised

(video)-A FORMER Gold Coast top cop who took on the bikies has made the startling claim that they “don’t commit that much crime”.

Crimefighter turned criminologist Terry Goldsworthy says bikies are responsible for less than 1 per cent of crime in Queensland and have been unfairly demonised.

In today’s Qweekend magazine, the former Burleigh Heads CIB chief says the September 2013 Broadbeach bikie brawl was nothing more than “a fist fight” and the tough anti-gang laws introduced by the then ­Newman government were a “massive overreach”.

“It (the VLAD laws) was the most classic example we’ve ever seen of a moral panic,” Dr Goldsworthy said.

“The response was almost a sledgehammer to a walnut approach.”

Dr Terry Goldsworthy.

Tue
29
Mar

New Port Richey officer arrested for eluding after motorcycle chase that topped 120 miles per hour

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. - A New Port Richey officer and his girlfriend were arrested in Hernando County for fleeing from a deputy on Thursday morning.

Francis Downey and Tiffany Brush were spotted by the deputy going more than 85 mph in a 50 mph zone. This occurred near Cortez and Deltona Boulevards.

The Hernando County Sheriff's deputy activated his emergency lights, and that's when both motorcycles sped up, according to the report. The deputy reported Brush accelerated to 120 mph in an apparent attempt to flee. The report said Downey got out of range too fast for the radar to process how fast he was driving.

The deputy disengaged, but Brush crashed at Cortez Boulevard and Winter Street and ran from the scene. Running the registration led the deputy to Brush, who was receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

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