Lady biker: Waco cops targeted Bandidos in Twin Peaks shooting

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A lady biker/blogster out of Arkansas, Amy Irene White gave Lisa Bacchi of World Integrity News Network an exclusive interview about what her contacts who were at the scene of the shooting that left 9 dead, 20 wounded and 177 charged with a capital conspiracy charge have to say about what happened on May 17 as bikers from throughout the state convened for a Confederation of Club meeting.

Asked who was targeted, and by whom, Ms. White said the Waco police came down on the Bandidos.

A Waco police officer named Jason Barnum provoked a scuffle over parking with Bandidos arriving for the meeting, she declared.

Barnum is a member of the area drug task force who is on administrative suspension due to an assault allegation. Ms. White alleged there are many police officers and paid professional confidential informants wearing biker colors who mingled in the throng of persons at Twin Peaks when the shooting occurred.

Bikers who were wounded, the bullets removed from their bodies, were shot with “law enforcement bullets,” she told Lisa Bacchi.

Seventy percent of the firearms recovered were found locked in cars, were registered to individuals who have concealed carry permits, and were never carried inside the bar and restaurant, according to Ms. White.

Perhaps the most explosive allegation she asserted is that public affairs spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton operates “an LLC” that purchases batteries, copper and stolen aluminum in sting operations, as well as confiscated electronics such as cell phones seized from suspects.

 

AG asked if Judge Peterson engaged in official oppression

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Dallas – An attorney for one of the Twin Peaks defendants charged with engaging in organized criminal activity requested the Attorney General investigate whether Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson committed official oppression.

The offense is a Class A misdemeanor which upon conviction carries the possibility of a sentence of up to one year in the County Jail, a $5,000 fine, or both.

According to a supplement to a recusal motion on file, “it would be impossible for Judge Peterson to conduct the examining trial set in this case without bias.”

F. Clinton Broden alleged in a motion to recuse the Judge prior to a scheduled August 10 examining trial that Peterson failed to heed the rights of Matthew Clendennen to know the specific allegations against him in the conspiratorial charge, which is a First Degree felony, enhanced to capital status punishable by a sentence of 5 years to life imprisonment.

The charge, for which bond was set at $1 million to “send a message,” according to public statements made by the judge, is enhanced by the death gunshot of 9 victims, according to identical affidavits of warrantless arrest signed by Waco Police Detective Manuel Chavez.

No particularized or personalized allegations of complaint are mentioned in any of the writs.

Clendennen and his attorney are restrained by a gag order entered by 54th Criminal District Judge Matt Johnson; they have made previous public statements that the accused offender had no weapons, did not engage in any violent behavior, and in fact hid inside the restaurant until police officers entered following the shooting and ordered he and others to lay on the floor until they were handcuffed and taken to the Waco Civic Center for processing.

Clendennen and most of his fellow defendants have stated that they were at Twin Peaks restaurant on May 17 to attend a Confederation of Clubs meeting. One stated agenda item the motorcycle enthusiasts’ coalition of clubs association planned was to hear a legislative update report by analysts who could give them progress reports on a plethora of “open carry” bills under consideration in the Texas Legislature at the time.

Asked if he was aware of the political agenda of the meeting, Clendennen stated at a press conference that he had no idea because no such meeting ever in fact took place.

Police claim a dispute with members of the Cossacks Motorcycle Club over parking places erupted in a shooting as members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club arrived shortly after noon.

A video of the event captured by surveillance cameras at the Twin Peaks location shows members of the Cossacks club checking their holsters prior to the arrival of the Bandidos, according to statements made by First Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett who rose in opposition to bond reductions, and in news accounts by members of the Associated Press who have been allowed to view the video.

A copy of the Twin Peaks video surveillance material subpoenaed by Broden is under a protective order entered by Judge Johnson to not allow any but attorneys, defendants and law office staff or expert witnesses to view the video.

A video made by surveillance cameras at the Don Carlos restaurant next door depicts Waco police officers with AR-15 style assault rifles taking up defensive positions from which to fire upon bikers involved in the melee. The video was released to the public after an attorney for the place of business agreed to relinquish the video.

At that point, Broden withdrew his subpoena to obtain the material. This rendered moot a motion by the McLennan County Criminal District Attorney to quash the subpoena. Media outlets who received the material through an e-mail from an anonymous sender discovered that the video could in fact be viewed on a YouTube channel without the requirement to enter a furnished password.

Most of them subsequently broadcast the material on their websites or on Facebook and Twitter – against the wishes of public officials who are determined to release no further information in the matter due to an “ongoing criminal investigation.”

Early Jade Helm at Killeen – hush hush, on the Q.T.

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Police training calendars and crime report blotter entries made no mention of a massive raid that took place in a housing addition near Ft. Hood, but did carry an account of a late night shooting in an area park.

Dozen of military vehicles bearing Killeen police in body armor and ninja suits converged on an area several square blocks in size on July 9.

According to notations in the computerized crime records, Killeen’s electronic gear went on the fritz for the day in question.

 

County Jail Captain leaves for Baylor force

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BULLETIN: SOURCES NAME RICKY ARMSTRONG AS THE NEW MCLENNAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE JAIL CAPTAIN

Waco – Lawmen are buzzing about the departure of McLennan County Jail Captain John Kollinek for a position as a Captain in the newly reorganized Baylor University police force.

The university’s law enforcement agency is under the new direction of the former chief of President George W. Bush’s Secret Service detail, Mark Childers. Knowledgeable sources say the world posture in the face of global terrorism demands modern, more sophisticated methods to contain sports crowds of more than 50,000 at McLean Stadium.

A darker side to the story is that when a corrections officer named Hill recently found himself booked into jail for shoplifting of items worth more than $50 at a McGregor hardware store, he was placed on administrative leave, rather than being terminated on the spot.

They usually slide a resignation letter across the counter then and there,” said a confidential source. Sheriff Parnell McNamara elected to hang fire on the matter, putting the man in the way of seeing a lot of daytime television while he awaits word of his employment status.

Justice of the Peace recuses himself in examining trial

Screen Shot 2015-07-15 at 3.13.00 PMWaco – Judge Pete Peterson referred an order for recusal to the regional administrative judge at Georgetown following a motion by a Dallas attorney.

F. Clinton Broden, attorney for Matthew Clendennen, said in court papers filed last week that Peterson “hardly qualifies as a ‘neutral and detached’ magistrage on the question of probable cause and does not have the requisite impartiality that ‘the person on the street’ would expect in a judge who was determining whether there was probable cause to believe that Matthew Clendennen committed the capital offense of Engaging in Criminal Activity.”

Broden’s objections included the fact that affidavits of warrantless arrest signed by the judge following the shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant on Sunday, May 17, were not particularized to the 177 individuals charged. They were based on an identical document filed by Waco Police detective Manuel Chavez in which officers filled in the names of individuals so charged.

Peterson set their bail at $1 million each in order to “send a message,” which is a violation of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, as well as the Texas and U.S. Constitutions.

According to Broden, Peterson engaged in ex parte communication with Abel Reyna, McLennan County Criminal District Attorney, in setting the “seriously delayed” examining trial for August 10, in further violation of the code of criminal procedure.

Setting the examining trial “so far out” past the date of Clendennen’s arrest, “effectively denies Mr. Clendennen an important statutory protection.”

Broden also objected to comments Peterson made to the Waco “Times Herald” and the Los Angeles “Times” that he intended to “send a message” by setting an “oppressively” high bail.

The moment they became wide awake…

Bellmead Officer Sellers

Bodycam image from a video of a “submission hold” applied during the arrest of a 15-year-old girl for shoplifting at Wal-Mart. She is charged with assault on a police officer because she would not relinquish her cell phone and kicked an officer while thus blinded.Curiously, the phone was not in service at the time. She had been playing a video game.

Bellmead, TX – Melissa Bias and Victor Pool found themselves the subject of frequent police harassment in both Georgia and Texas demanding proof of registration and insurance of vehicles.

Officers escorted them to the Georgia state line when they returned to their native Texas neighborhood of greater Waco. Their daughter visited an area big box store with cousin last winter where police arrested the pair for attempting to leave the store without paying for certain items. The melee that ensued resulted in felony charges against their child and their arrest for interfering with the duties of a public official.

It was all about the phone, as listeners will learn from a half-hour interview with the couple, who insist upon representing themselves in court with the assistance of appointed standby counsel.

They plan civil litigation on their behalf, seeking damages for violation of their rights.

A week of terror ending in shotgun murder

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China Spring – The 1000 block of Bosque Ridge Road winds north off Highway 6 through rolling hills and shady dalles, an attractive suburb of luxury homes situated on fenced lots at the end of winding drives accessed through security gates.

During the week leading to the long Fourth of July holiday, the fashionable home of petroleum executive Laura Patschke turned into a private hell as her ex-boyfriend, a man who had menaced her over a period of months following at least one attack of dating violence, threatened, stalked and harassed her through text messages and phone calls. McLennan County Deputies arrested James Brossett for the offense of harrassment on June 30.

He was able to bond out of jail the same day.

Between that date and July 2, he sent her more than 200 electronic messages in which he bluntly stated he was on his way to her home – an uninvited guest terrorizing a single-parent family of a busy mother and her three teenaged children. There was little doubt of his violent intentions.

In fear for their lives, the family left home about 10:30 p.m. on July 1, returning just before noon the next day.

A deputy reached Brossett by phone at 10:30 that morning. He admitted he had been sending text messages to Ms. Patschke. That prompted the lawman to seek an arrest warrant for the third degree felony of stalking.

Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley signed the warrant on July 2, a document that was never served until July 7, the day after James Brossett went to the Patschke home late at night on July 6, reportedly parked his vehicle in a remote location by a hiking trail, entered the property by stealth, broke and entered a rear door, argued with the woman in a loud voice, then shone a flashlight in the eyes of a shot who came running, armed with a firearm, and shot him in the right arm.

One can only imagine the horror the boy felt as he fled for his life, suffering the shock of a non-life-threatening injury by gunshot, listening to the shotgun blasts as Brossett murdered his mother with multiple blasts of 000 Buckshot to her torso which he fired from a 12 gauge.

Court papers do not make it clear if the gun belonged to him, or if it was the one with which her son armed himself in an effort to protect his mother.

What is known is that Brossett had previously served prison time for methamphetamine possession. He had finished his parole term, and had over a period of months plotted the violent events of the night of July 6, signaling his intentions and his escalation of violent threats at every turn through his incessant cell phone communications with the terrorized woman.

None of this was a secret to court officials or law men.

According to Sheriff Parnell McNamara, “We were looking hard for him.”

A deputy had advised Ms. Patschke to go “some place safe,” McNamara told a local broadcast journalist in an exclusive interview given after her brutal murder.

When members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service hunted Brossett down in a bedroom community of Ft. Worth at Burleson, Texas in Johnson County, they were able to locate him by tracking his cell phone.

Once apprehended and safe in jail at Waco, they served the stalking warrant, and Jail Magistrate Virgil Bain charged him with that offense, setting his bail at $25,000 and at $20,000 for violation of a protective order.

He is charged with capital murder because he committed burglary of an occupied dwelling place to attrack and kill his victim, and with attempted capital murder in the shotgun blast he used to repel her protector, her 18-year-old son, Trevor.

Bain set bail at $500,000 for that offense.

No bond is set for the capital murder of Laura Patschke, a hard-working executive of an oil company who paid with her life because she could find no safe place to spend the long holiday of Fourth of July weekend, 2015, other than her home in a fashionable rural setting near Waco, Texas, also known as Six Shooter Junction.

Nowhere in the court documents released to the public is there any mention of conditions of bond on his previous offenses that would require electronic monitoring to enforce protective orders and injunctions to leave Ms. Patschke and her children alone to enjoy their home in peace.

“Unforgiven” was released in August, 1992, a movie Clint Eastwood said he made in reaction to the Rodney King beating. It’s all about gun control and the God-given right of folks to protect themselves by any means necessary.

 

The price of Facebook friendship: Federal house arrest, sealed indictment

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Robert Doggart, former Congressional candidate, Chattanooga, TN

Greenville, S.C. – William Tint had no idea what a heap of trouble he was talking himself into when he befriended the mysterious “R.D.” online.

A founder of Operation American Freedom (OAF), he had set the task of bringing militiamen and constitutional activists together at Washington, D.C., to protest perceived corruption in the federal government.

Tint is an ex-Marine, a recon specialist and first responder veteran of the South Carolina National Guard who quit his employment in Florida when he learned on 9/11 that he’d lost 42 friends and two family members when the Twin Towers tumbled in a heap of dust and flying paper.

He headed to his hometown of New York and volunteered to help in search and rescue operations at Ground Zero, driving a cab days and working nights at the disaster scene.

Federal agents stepped in to recommend he step down as head of OAF when they persuaded Tint that his operation for the march on D.C. had been compromised by radicals. He turned his activist bent toward producing podcasts on internet talk radio.

An acquaintance from his days heading up OAF, an individual he knew as R.D., approached him about a raid on a community in the Catskills, a place Tint never really pinpointed in his mind because, as he remembers, “I never really took him seriously.”

The scheme sounded crazy. Central to the idea was to contaminate the drinking water. With what? He never asked. To him, it didn’t make sense. He just listened until he thought he’d heard it all.

R.D., it turns out was really a radical, right-wing fundamentalist pastor named Robert Doggart, a Chattanooga preacher who said he was looking to organize a team to bomb Islamberg, a small community consisting of a mosque and a school, located near Hancock, in Duchess County, just north of the Sullivan County Borscht Belt, the land of Jewish summer resorts.

As he remembers, after Doggart approached him about going there to “recon” the area and develop intelligence on the operation, he learned that FBI agents had been listening in on their conversations all along.

They contacted him and proposed they come to see him one afternoon when he was dozing on a cocktail of antidepressants and pain killers to combat his PTSD and orthopedic problems with a crushed spinal disc. He requested they make it some other time, since his kids would be out of school in a shortly, and he wasn’t really feeling up to the ordeal.

The agents visited anyway, continued their relentless questioning, and to this day, he doesn’t really remember what they asked, or what in particular he told them.

He knows only that he is under house arrest, he is the subject of sealed indictment based on an allegation of giving a false material statement to federal agents when he insisted he had no idea of the actual location of the planned attack on the Islamic community Doggart was targeting, and he is due in Court on July 22 for a pre-trial hearing.

A former candidate for U.S. Congress, Doggart has since accepted a plea arrangement for his information. He is mentioned in the probable cause affidavits only as “R.D.”

Tint is facing a possible $250,000 fine, five years confinement in a federal lockup, and years of supervised parole if convicted. Reached for comment, he said, “I am not gonna take a plea for being innocent, but I am a single parent of five and can’t risk prison, either.”

He agreed that if the federal goal is to isolate and control activism through house arrest and felony prosecution, they are getting the job done with all due efficiency.

Murder of Crawford woman could have been prevented by arrest

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There are two kinds of murder – premeditated and pure and simple killing in the heat of the moment, “the kind that happens in a bar,” said a homicide investigator with many years of experience.

The capital murder for which James Brossett is charged in the killing of his ex-girlfriend Laura Patschke is not only the kind that is so difficult to prevent because of its secretive and planned nature – a home invasion in the middle of the night, an attack with a firearm that menaces an entire family – it is one of those very rare murders that could well have been prevented.

It’s rare that law enforcement can prevent a homicide because of its unpremeditated nature and its spontaneity.” But then there is the other kind of murder. Those are “so well-planned, so very secretive” that it is very difficult to predict when and where a killing may take place. Investigators are left to pick up the pieces and see where they fit a pattern, to identify a suspect by process of elimination, starting with the last to see the victims alive, to methodically clear all those closest to the deceased.

With every evolution of his threatening, menacing behavior, “He was escalating,” said the retired detective. “He was escalating in his violent ideas.”

What’s more, everyone involved on the law enforcement side of the equation knew it. “He told the cops; he told the courts; he told his victim.” The evidence to support that conclusion is clear. Follow the paper trail. The courts have a very complete record of the pattern of escalating abuse. It unfolded over a period of months.

Protective orders and warrants for his arrest did nothing to stop his calculating plans for violence against his once beloved soul mate.

If law enforcement in McLennan County had bothered to listen, they could have prevented this killing.”

How? By serving the arrest warrants, officers could have caused him to be charged. With those charges would have come conditions of bond set by the Jail Magistrate, a licensed attorney who is paid $86,000 a year, including electronic monitoring. Violation of the electronic boundaries surrounding his stated victim, if breached, would have notified every mobile data terminal in every squad car within radio range.

Law enforcement should have put him down long ago.”

With rueful logic, the old timer asked the rhetorical question. “After the horse was out of the barn, who did the Sheriff (Parnell McNamara) reach out to? The U.S. Marshal’s Service. He called their operation out of Dallas to track this man. I’ll bet you they simply tracked his cell phone to locate him in Burleson.”

He listed the resources available to the Sheriff’s Office. There is one deputy who is seconded to the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, a federal strike force made up of officers from local agencies, supervised by the Marshal’s Service. A new three-man squad called Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team is busy learning their task. Then there is a squad of detectives and uniformed officers who cover three shifts daily.

Sheriff McNamara is retired from the Marshal’s Service. During the latter half of his career, he was the Deputy Marshal in Charge of the Waco office of the service, operating out of headquarters for the Western District of Texas at San Antonio.

Contacted for information about the manhunt as it unfolded, he told The Legendary in a phone interview, “I won’t have time to talk to you about any of this.”

He doesn’t have to. Any well-seasoned homicide investigator knows how to interpret the laconic notation, complete with case and arrest warrant numbers, beside the name of James Brossett, entered in the booking information on the publicly available jail listing for the McLennan County Jail:

BROSSETT,JAMES RAY 7/07/2015 CAPITAL MURDER MSO 15-1782 15-1782-W1

171503 W/M

7/07/2015 ATTEMPTED CAPITAL MURDER MSO 15-1782 15-1782-W2

7/07/2015 STALKING MSO 15-1747 J11F15-154

7/07/2015 VIOL BOND/PROTECTIVE ORDR MSO 15-1747 J11M15-261

Wal-Mart Juror rejected – “culture of violence”

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The mirrored windows of the loss prevention office at Wal-Mart

Waco – A Lacy-Lakeview couple broke into the McLennan County Jail in order to develop a tort case against Bellmead police, juvenile authorities, and loss prevention specialists of Wal-Mart for “human trafficking.”

An all-white jury of four men and two women found a white mother of a mixed-race child guilty of interfering with the duties of a public official. She touched one of the police officers who had subdued her child in an arrest for petty theft. According to the judge’s instructions, that was the finding that would convict her of the charge.

Melissa Bias, wife of Victor Pool, a black man related to Elijah Pool, better known as the Honorable Elijah Muhammed, Messenger of Allah and founder of the Nation of Islam Mosque No. 1 at Chicago, Illinois, who is also related to World War Two Navy hero Doris Miller, was sentenced to 45 days in jail. She will be released next week, her case pending an appeal to District Court, after receiving credit for “good time” at the rate of three days for each day served in good conduct.

As the prospective jurors were questioned by prosecutors from the DA’s office, they were asked if any of them knew or had experience with the Bellmead Police Department.

The case involves a teenaged girl whose parents came to the loss prevention office of the Wal-Mart Super Center in that city on  January 6 after the child called them on her cell phone to say she and her cousin were in trouble over shoplifting.

The entire family wound up under arrest – the parents charged with interfering with the duties of a public official, resisting arrest, and failure to identify themselves. The father is due in court later this month. The daughter is charged with petty theft, assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, among an array of other charges. Her case is yet to be scheduled in juvenile court. Following her arrest, she was held pending a psychiatric evaluation that never took place when her father challenged the court’s pending order. Authorities later relented and released her to his custody.

The conflict began when she refused to relinquish her cell phone after Officer Sellers demanded she give it to him. Both he and Officer Hathaway made attempts to snatch it out of her hands. A surveillance video makes that perfectly clear.

During jury selection, a member of the panel raised her hand to say she had been previously employed at the city’s law enforcement agency and would have trouble arriving at a fair and impartial verdict. The rest of the veniremen were sequestered in privacy while the attorneys and the judge questioned her.

The woman said that during her time of employment at the police department, she found a “culture of violence” among its officers, who, she testified, often “roughed up” suspects under arrest.

McLennan County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Brad Cates dismissed her from jury duty for cause after thanking her for her candor in the performance of her duty.

Later, jurors watched a video of the events that took place inside the mirrored office off a vestibule beside the entrance to the store. Loss prevention specialists may see out of the windows, but those standing outside cannot see inside.

The events depicted begin with both of the girls, the Pools’ child, and a cousin who has reached the age of adulthood, sat, their phones in hand, awaiting the arrival of police officers.

When they entered the room, Officer Hathaway pointed his finger in the teenager’s face, demanding the phone. She lay her head on a desk where she was sitting, holding her phone away from him. Officer Sellers unwrapped a bulky-knit scarf from around her neck, put her in a headlock and wrestled her to the floor. Then both officers picked her up and placed her face down on the desk, grabbed the phone from her hand, and placed her in handcuffs before they seated her in the chair where she had been sitting.

During the melee over the phone, the child could see through the one-way mirror that her parents were standing outside the room. She could see them, but they could not see out.

Officer Hathaway has alleged he was injured when the child kicked him while he held her in a “submission” hold – pulling her nostrils back over her eyes with two fingers while exerting pressure on the nerves under her jaw.

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Melissa Bias demonstrates the “submission hold” used by police

She began to scream for her parents to come and help her. The audio is eerily silent; there is no audio track.

Not long after, the Pools entered the room after a brief struggle for control of the door with a loss prevention specialist. One of the officers pointed a TASER gun in the Pools’ faces; they other began to wrestle with them. As Melissa Bias, the child’s mother who was convicted for interfering with the duties of a public official, rushed forward to hug her daughter, the officer shot her husband Victor with the TASER gun and the two cops put the couple in handcuffs.

Reached for comment, Victor Pool, who plans to represent himself before the court as did his wife, said, “They thought we came in there to win. We didn’t come in there to win. We have a civil case.”

Asked what his strategy will be in the prosecution of the civil case, he said, “It won’t have anything to do with civil rights. This is going to be a tort claim. They trespassed on my property…This is going to be a claim for a tort involving human trafficking.” He mentioned having targeted 22 persons who engaged in the alleged behavior of human trafficking by placing his daughter in foster care at the Bill Logue Juvenile Detention Center.

“They make money out of snatching peoples’ kids,” said Pool.

The original intention of the officers was to issue a summons for petty theft and allow her to be released to the custody of her parents. Their reaction to their attempt to rescue their daughter, he insists, is an act of human trafficking. “They don’t have jurisdiction,” he said.

When she refused to relinquish her phone and called her parents, they took direct action to control the child in the interest of “officer safety,” according to Sellers’ testimony, elicited at great pains by the defendant, Melissa Bias. The judge constantly admonished  her to phrase her questions in a proper manner.

Asked if he is influenced by his relative’s religious convictions regarding Islam, Pool said, “I’m non-religious. I know what it is. It’s so political and so corrupt.” He added that in his studies he has found many similarities in the teaching of Islam, Judaism and Christianity.

As to the law, his philosophy, he said, is “Did I cause you any harm? Is there really and truly a victim, here? The state of Texas is not a living, breathing human being.”