Ten Bikers Suing Waco in Federal Court

I'd expect a lot more of them to file suit if these cases work out, but these do sound like plausible test cases.
The suit, filed by Dallas attorney Don Tittle, alleges unlawful arrest and due process violations and alleges the plaintiffs were arrested with no evidence that they committed any crimes or had any ties to warring biker groups the Bandidos or the Cossacks.

Matcek and Smith are identified in the lawsuit as members of the Line Riders Motorcycle Club, which the suit says has no affiliation with either the Bandidos or Cossacks. Matcek, according to the lawsuit, was running late and was not even at Twin Peaks at the eruption of the firefight, which left nine bikers dead and more than 20 wounded.

Once he arrived, Waco police allowed Matcek, Terwilliger and Smith to take one of their wounded friends to the hospital, the suit says....

The violence resulted in the arrests of 192 bikers — including 15 who later were named in sealed indictments because they were injured and not arrested May 17, 2015 — and the indictments of 154, all on identical first-degree felony engaging in organized criminal activity charges.
Matcek is apparently also a member of BACA, which is a noble organization.

I have a feeling Waco is going to end up paying through the nose for its handling of this matter.


raven said...

Yep. They will be lucky to have a pot to piss in. 150 x one million each is about half the cities budget, more or less. About what they take in in property tax. Gonna be some severely pissed off citizens if they have to double the tax to meet settlement obligations.

Interesting- 2015-16 is the first year that shows ANY city outlay for police forfeiture operations- I wonder if this was an bold new attempt to grab a lot of forfeiture money that went wrong?


Ymar Sakar said...

That's what they said about HRC and Lerner. The Leftist alliance has a habit of regenerating their lost limbs. They just have to buy some time.