Bullet strikes, blood stains where they fell

Bullet Strike

Lee West shows position in which a biker fell. His fingers point to a scar in the concrete where a ricochet pierced the corrugated metal of the rear wall of Twin Peaks on May 17 (click image for full size)

Lee West contacted The Legendary after this story had been given considerable attention, saying this: “My loyalty is to men and women being falsely accused and shot and killed trying to eat and meet. I care not about readership of mis-construed facts.” He said he regrets having given an interview about matters only those who were there would have known. Those folks may not have been at liberty to speak. We extend our regrets because talking about severe trauma is good for the soul.

Waco – There is a declivity between the decorative stuccoed walls that mask the refrigeration and air conditioning equipment at the rear of this doomed building.

Lee West stands there in the 100-degree heat, explaining where he thinks there are huge holes in what is known of the story of what happened there on May 17. He relates the recollections of bikers he has interviewed. Suddenly, he locks eyes with the interviewer, and the thousand-yard stare says it all when he zones back in. There is a fleeting look of despair. Then, quick as flipping the channel on a TV, he is back in the groove.

In that small space, a number of bikers sheltered from what they have described as withering semiautomatic rifle fire they encountered from a phalanx of three squads of police shooters who laid an L-shaped ambush when members of the Cossacks and Bandidos – as well as other clubs – either attempted to dismount their bikes, alighted from cars and truck parked behind the restaurant, or jumped the patio railing.

That was the signal for police to begin firing, according to Lee West, who has made extensive contact with bikers who were either treated and released after being wounded, sent to jail and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, or rounded up in the aftermath of the bloody events of May 17.

According to his sources, men who are under the strictures of bond conditions that could send them back to jail, their bond fees forfeited if they speak openly, there were certain conditions imposed by their questioners, the Waco Police Department, DPS, and other investigators as yet unnamed.

Those who were wounded and said they were sure the bullets came from the firearms of other bikers were released. Those who said they were pretty sure it was police gunfire that cut them down went to jail, according to West. In all, 20 were wounded, 9 lost their lives, and 177 were arrested and charged. Police arrested an additional 62, then released them without charges, records as yet unreleased show.

West is an internet jockey, builder of websites, on-line radio shows, a former serviceman, and alienated by a legal system that kept him locked up for six months on a civil complaint regarding child support in the penitentiary and mental health hospital-rich environment of Cherokee County, home of the State Hospital at Rusk. “People just disappear there,” he declares.

His first job out of high school was selling firearms and ammunition at a big box store in Jacksonville, his home town.

A judge of the County Court At Law told him there would be no writ of habeas corpus. That right has been suspended in time of war, he explained. Like many young men in their post armed forces experience, West is looking to fight back.

As the interview wound down, two corporate types in casual dress arrived with a real estate agent. They said they are from a restaurant franchising outfit out of Chicago, looking to locate a “Chicago Dogs” microbrewery beer, brats, and buns theme restaurant in Waco. They honestly did not recognize the Twin Peaks location. One man shook his head, talked about how a deal would either “pencil out,” or it wouldn’t. He said he’s from Brooklyn. “This place is worthless,” he said with a shrug. “Besides, it doesn’t fit our profile, our business plan.”

Where blood spilled

Bleach ran in rivulets, marking the concrete where crime scene clean-up crews washed away the blood after police released the bodies of slain bikers for transport to the medical examiner’s offices at Dallas. 

DA not at ‘beck and call’ of public’s info requests

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McLennan County Criminal District Attorney Abel Reyna

Waco – Assistant District Attorney Sterling Harmon threatened to issue a criminal trespassing warrant in the face of a public information request approved by the staff of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Wednesday, September 2.

Text messages regarding offers made to defendants charged with engaging in organized criminal activity proposing an agreement not to hold public officials, the City of Waco, or the County of McLennan responsible for legal allegations of false arrest or imprisonment are public information, according to a recent Attorney General’s ruling handed down on August 25.

When prosecutors at first denied no such messages existed, defense attorneys who attended a meeting between themselves, the two Criminal District Judges and the First Assistant District Attorney Michael Jarrett insisted they had personal knowledge. They were there, they said. They heard the discussion when Jarrett said any such proposed arrangement would not be proper.

Public information activist R.S. Gates turned in a request for the material at that time, including a list of the names of 62 persons who were arrested and released without charges at Twin Peaks following a deadly shooting melee between bikers and police that left 9 dead, 20 wounded, and 177 arrested and charged with the conspiracy offense, a first degree felony punishable by five to 99 years imprisonment.

In an earlier visit on July 28, a receptionist and other staff members claimed they had no knowledge of what his request entailed.When he returned in the middle of the following week, an angry administrative Assistant District Attorney met him at the door to the office.

“Mr. Harmon informed me he was not at my beck and call,” said Gates.

An earlier story: http://radiolegendary.com/2015/08/twin-peaks-ag-rules-release-of-das-texts-names-of-62-not-charged/

 

Eye witness tells of “four to five minutes” of terror as cops held bikers at gun point until they died

Collin County, Texas – The Cossack who came forward early today with his eye witness story to the assault of his fellow club members at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17 said he had a bad feeling they were being flanked. Things soon got more ugly from there.

When members of the Dallas Bandidos arrived at Twin Peaks Restaurant about 12:40 on May 17, they “immediately” ran over a prospect in the Cossacks Motorcycle Club, according to Richard Luther, a member who was there and spent 33 days in the McLennan County Jail.

He and other members of his club had been invited to attend the Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting by a member of the Waco Police Department, Luther said in a YouTube interview with Michael Parker of “Antidote” news service. The invitation from the Waco Police was relayed through a prospect of the club who is a former Bandido.

That man counseled skipping the invitation, he recalled. He maintained that the Bandidos and the Waco Police “have something in common.”

Cossacks asked for clearance from their national club leadership. When they arrived from Collin County in pickup trucks, there were numerous marked and unmarked police vehicles in the parking lots to the north, west and east of the Twin Peaks bar.

As the Bandidos arrived, they stayed aloof from the immediate parking lot and patio area.

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Cossacks Motorcycle Club member Richard Luther

I felt like we were being flanked,” said Luther. He mentioned it to fellow club members.

But when the Dallas Bandido ran over the Cossacks prospect, a member of the Nomads and Cossacks members asked him why he would disrespect their club in that way.

He said f- the prospect, f- the Cossacks.”

The Bandido punched the Nomad in the face. “At that moment, I looked up; I saw the punch, you heard two pistol rounds go off.” Three more pistol rounds went off, and “you saw one of our Cossack brothers fall.” That man’s road name is “Chain,” said Luther. “He was the first to fall.”

He said “It was just like Vietnam…lots of pistol rounds and rifle rounds whizzing by.”

At first, he had no perception it was the police laying down fire. “I didn’t know. I went immediately to the ground.”

Thirty to forty Cossacks had jumped over the rail to go to the defense of the Nomad. The Cossacks in his party crawled through the door and hid in the restaurant for “three to five minutes.”

Police came in and said for them to stay on the ground, “or we will kill you.”

When they were taken outside, they found a Cossack on the ground with the road name of Bear, Richard Vincent Kirstner, Jr., his life’s blood pumping out with every heartbeat. As they tried to assist him by putting a tourniquet on his leg, the police said they would kill them if they didn’t remain silent and lay on the ground.

As Bear began to lose consciousness, he said he could not breathe. Police said to get on the ground, or they would kill them.

Police held guns on the victims “to make sure they were either incapacitated or dead.”

Police then ordered the Cossacks to put the wounded, 280 pound man on the tailgate of a pickup. “They waited another five minutes to make sure he was dead.”