It has been 3 years since the gun-battle at a biker bar in Waco Texas. 9 dead, 18 injured, 177 in arrested.
However, in those 3 years, there has only been one trial, and it resulted in a hung jury. More than 150 of the criminal cases have been dismissed outright.
Pause, and boggle at that a bit. Then ask yourself, “how would this have played out if the gangs had been non-white?” The biker gangs involved mostly look like weekending retired investment bankers and small businessmen. (Real bikers can’t afford $30,000 chromed-out Wide Glides))
There are many things about the story that are bizarre and embarrassing to law enforcement. For one, the cops expected a fight and, well, stood around and waited for it to start. [houstonchronicle]
The meeting was billed as an information luncheon on motorcycle safety and legislation.
Unknown to the public, however, law enforcement feared that two of the largest motorcycle gangs in Texas were about to settle up after more than a year of skirmishes and roadside fights. They lined up, many of them undercover, near the restaurant as nearly 300 bikers converged near the center of town, not far from the Baylor University campus, wheeling heavy Harley Davidsons into the parking lot of the popular franchise restaurant known for waitresses in skimpy outfits.
Officers – including an 11-member SWAT team – waited nearby in 10 police vehicles, joined by law enforcement agents from the Texas Department of Public Safety, game wardens and federal firearms agents.
3 years is not a swift trial by a jury of one’s peers, by any measure. And, with so much police presence at the scene of the crime, it’s pretty amazing that they can’t seem to make any charges stick. Especially since there was pretty good security-cam video of what happened, and the police pretty much nabbed everyone at the scene of the shooting, red-handed.
I set a marker in my calendar to check back on this story every year going forward. So, in the last year the movement on this case has been: 1 trial but it was flubbed. It’s kind of amazing that you could get a hung jury over something like this, but we’re talking about Waco, Texas.
Does anyone want to bet against me? I have $1 that says that none of these blockheads will be convicted of anything, ever.
I’ll update you next year.
Game Wardens!? GAME WARDENS!? Where was the Public Library’s SWAT team? Oh, I know: budget cuts.