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Waco – This e-mail from a Waco Police Detective to McLennan County Precinct 1 Justice of Peace “Pete” Peterson has made a highly visible splash on social media. It details the names and dates of birth of 5 men who were “unarrested” following their apprehension at the scene of the mass shooting that occurred at a Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17 during a Confederation of Clubs meeting where members of the Bandidos and Cossacks Motorcycle Clubs as well as affiliate clubs experienced tension with one another. Nine died, five of them of gunshots to the head.
In the text, Detective Sam Key, Badge Number 248, informs the Judge, a retired DPS State Trooper, that “we ‘unarrested’…” the quintet of suspects, and thanks him for “all your help.” Peterson set bond of $1 million on more than 170 persons suspected of engaging in organized crime leading to capital murder.
Many questions remain regarding this matter, but, acting as an information gatekeeper, Judge Peterson has made the way quite difficult. He does not respond to e-mail requests for information in electronic format, charges $1 per page for court documents, and besides, the guard at the metal detector is very opinionated about what kind of pencil a scribbler may bring into the building.
The lawman, who refused to identify himself the last time The Legendary visited there, was quite concerned that what I had placed in the offering plate for inspection might be used as a “weapon.” He brandished it in my face and made stabbing motions at my eyes. He works for Precinct 1 Constable Walt Strickland. Unlike an ordinary citizen, he is not required to identify himself.