Internal Affairs Probes Wilson’s Leathers Arrests

COP WHO PULLED GUN IS BELIEVED TO BE NAMED COLLINS

Fort Worth – Sons of Liberty Riders President Butch (Popeye) Moss is not the only complainant in multiple internal affairs complaints over the arrest of three bikers in a Stockyards biker gear and apparel store.

A source close to the investigation of a Ft. Worth Police internal affairs probe of the Saturday, September 22, arrest of three members of a motorcycle club for unlawful carry of a weapon confirmed earlier reports that:

  • One motorcycle was extensively damaged when a police officer shoved it from its precarious position on the kickstand during a roadside investigation;
  • Another was damaged when an officer broke a hole in the saddlebag to obtain a weapon the rider had locked inside for safekeeping;
  • The three club members arrested reportedly were denied articles of their clothing when released on $600 appearance bond for the charge, a violation of Texas Penal Code Section 46.02. The arresting authorities consider their bandanas and the patches on their waistcoats – known as cuts in the world of motorcycle enthusiasts who belong to clubs – as evidence of their membersip in “a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01,” under the provisions of Section 46.02 (2)(C).

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Police apprehended the trio at Wilson’s Leathers, 4225 N. Main, Ft. Worth Stockyards, as they shopped for rain gear during a wet spell of Texas autumn weather.

The officer in charge of the Special Response Team (SRT) is believed to be named Collins.

He is depicted on video made at the time of the arrests with his sidearm withdrawn from the holster and pointed at the backs of the men so detained while they searched their persons.

Said the source, who requested anonymity because he is in fear for his safety and because his organization does not authorize that he speak publicly for attribution about this affair, “While we were being detained and harassed by SRT, I glanced at Sgt. Steroids’s name plate and I believe it said Collins. Collins is also the name they gave me at the property room when we went to retrieve our property, but they would not release it, stating our clothing was evidence.”

The individual added that the name of the officer heading up the investigation is unknown, and that “1-817-392-3676 is the phone number we were given for the lead officer on the case.”

The source said he “told Internal Affiars I wasn’t 100 percent sure of his (the) identity (if the Sergeant who pulled the firearm and pointed at their backs) but in a line up I could pick him out of a crowd.”

None of the three men arrested were advised of their Miranda rights prior to their arrest and the magistration of their charges, our source said. According to reports, the men were questioned “for at least two hours” by seven separate officers seeking information about their club affiliation and their reason for being in Ft. Worth and at Wilson’s Leathers at the time of their arrest.

The name of the Ft. Worth Police Case is 18-85511. Court papers relative to the charges as stated by the Judge who set their bond are being sought during the weekend.

According to our source, he and his companions consider their arrests a violation of their First Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution to freedom of association with those they choose; he also complained that his right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment is paramount to the consideration that he was illegally carrying a firearm because he was directly en route to a motor vehicle at the time of his arrest.

Finally, he and his companions do not understand why their clothing has been seized as evidence, or why their firearms were confiscated while the case is pending. None of what they are doing, in their opinion, is prohibited by law. He considers those facts of the case a violation of his Fourth Amendment guarantee of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.

More details will be published herein as they become available.

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So mote it be.

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Green Bandana Trumps Biker Rights In Cowtown

BIKERS’ PATCHES LED TO MULTIPLE GUN ARRESTS IN FT. WORTH

FORT WORTH – The Facebook post has come and gone since Monday afternoon, when it first appeared.

One of the cops working the Special Response Team for Ft. Worth Police who swooped on Wilson’s Leathers in the 2200 block of N. Main in the historic Stockyards District because members of Vagos Motorcycle Club were there shopping for rain gear had posted it, police officials ordered it be taken down, and various other Facebook patrons have re-posted it in the 24 hours since then.

The story is very straightforward. When the Vagos who got rousted walked into a downtown restaurant for breakfast on Sunday, they confronted a table full of relatives of the police woman who had participated in the bust as they dined over a leisurely brunch.

She was nervous, and kids in the dining party were scared by the reactions of the adults.

So the Vagos did what they could. They paid a $103 bill for the lady – and left – pronto.

“We even wrote ‘Thank you for your service’ on the receipt,” said an anonymous source.

It’s all part of a war of nerves playing out in the Stockyards, where police neighborhood resource officers phoned business owners on Friday, warning them of a biker rally of Mongols MC members taking place in Ft. Worth over the weekend.

Mongols are a Southern California club founded by Hispanic motorcycle enthusiasts that has spread to the Texas area.

They were rousted in an area bar and lounge earlier, but the main fireworks took place during the Saturday rush as bikers crowded into Wilson’s Leathers to have patches sewed on their cuts.

According to owner Jeff Wilson, a Sergeant who did not identify himself strutted up and down the floor, berating the Vagos, saying things like “If you guys think you are going to come out here and flex, and we won’t flex back, you’re wrong.”

The bikers promptly dubbed him Officer Steroids.

Said Wilson, “They were holding the doors closed and wouldn’t let people in or out…When I went outside to see what it was all about, I wasinstructed to get back inside.

What was happening outside was simple enough.

Two prospects, members who have not been fully initiated into the Motorcycle Club and are “prospecting” to be full patch holders, were watching the bikes parked at the curb.

When one got ready to go inside and try on rain gear he intended to buy and use to provide protection against the damp weather, he took his pistol out of the holster and handed it to another Vago to hold while he went inside the Wilson family’s place of business.

Somebody called them (cops) and told them there was a Vago waving a gun around,” said a source close to the investigation.

That’s when the team invaded the leather shop without an arrest or search warrant and took over the retail store.

Said Gladys Wilson, Jeff Wilson’s mother, “That put a complete stop to any business we were doing.”

The Vagos, which is also a Southern California club with expansion chapters in Texas, were placed in the front leaning rest position against the wall, told to put their hands high and spread their legs while frisked.

One member was unable to reach high enough to satisfy Sgt. Steroids, and the officer promptly drew his weapon and covered him. The man explains in a video made of the incident as it occurred that he has a torn rotator cuff and finds it hard to hold his hands high while leaning forward against a wall.

Two of the Vagos were arrested for carrying a firearm, even though they had their valid license-to-carry documents to show.

As it turns out, the Special Response Team and elements of the Gang Task Force have made a ruling that if one displays the patch or colors of an “organized street gang,” they have not the right to carry a firearm, no matter what kind of documentation they may have.

According to the definition of such an outlawed organization in the Texas Penal Code, an outlaw street gang displays distinctive badges or colors, reports to a central authority, and engages in criminal activity.

Other examples of criminal activity, include the arrests of more of the bikers, including two from Wino’s Crew, because they failed to use their turn signals.

A source close to the investigation said that the Wino’s Crew members were placed in cuffs in a patrol car, then released as they others were transported for booking.

In those cases, the display of a green bandana prompted the streetside questioning and arrests, according to a source close to the investigation who could not speak on the record because he is not authorized to talk about the matter.

In another case, the police were frustrated in their search of a motorcycle with locked saddle bags, and they elected to break a hole in the bag in order to retrieve a firearm they had been informed was inside.

The lock was stripped from previous attempts to get at the gun, according to the source.

The source also alleged that two members of Kinfolk MC were cuffed and placed in patrol cars, then released before cavalcade proceeded to the windowless rooms in the casa de calaboose downtown.

Said on member of Vagos Motorcycle Club, “I have no criminal record and have never had one.”

In another incident alleged by the anonymous source, a motorcycle parked on shaky ground with its kickstand in an unsteady position tumbled to the shoulder of the road when a cop disregarded a request to be gentle.

That’s not my problem,” he reportedly said as the machine crashed on the berm.

All because we had a green bandana,” a biker said.

Mrs. Gladys Wilson said, “We’ve been here in business now for 38 years, and we have always backed the blue. Some of our closest friends work for the police department, but we didn’t recognize any of the men on this crew. We’re going to continue to back the blue,” she said as her son Jeff, her daughter and her husband all nodded their heads, “Yes.”

During a video interview of the family, Jeff Wilson recalled with tears glistening in his eyes, how his grand daughter, terrified of the pistol brandished by Sgt. Steroid, pleaded, “Please don’t shoot my Paw Paw or my Grandma! Please, don’t.”

As the shop opened for business on Tuesday morning, a Hells Angel from out of state messaged Wilson, saying, “It doesn’t matter what patch they’re wearing. It’s because we are members of clubs. We have to stand together for our rights.”

SGT. STEROIDS COVERS VAGO WEARING A GREEN BANDANA DURING AN IMPROMPTU SHAKEDOWN AT WILSON’S LEATHERS

THE HANGED MAN – TALKING BACK TO THE NIGHT – THE KNIGHT IS LISTENING, AT-ONE

‘I’D SOON BE HANGED BY MY FRIENDS AS BY A BUNCH OF STRANGERS’ – JAKE SPOON, TEXAS RANGER

Cowtown – An ordinary story about the way things go.

Thou sayest…

Aye, my man. That I do.

T’is an ordinary story about the way things go.

Once upon a time, a soldier sojourned in an evil land filled with hate. He was inoculated with many potions to guarantee his health – by Greeks traveling with the legions.

When he came home, he wife soon gave birth to a gentle giant, a boy some of the children subjected to ridicule – for some cruel reasons of their own.

When the boy reacted, he grabbed his interlocutor up and flung him across the room – to make him leave off his words and leave him alone.

And the soldier, he was summoned there to answer for his son, who could not legally speak for himself.

There, he encountered a juvenile detective, once designated a gang task force officer, and they clashed – once again.

At length, the detective admitted he wanted to take his leave of all this and be troubled by it no further, and he then relented.

The soldier, who really was a mounted cavalryman armed with helmet, forces of fire and explosion – A MAN AT ARMS – he too took a knee and spoke with his Maker.

He was shown to a high place where he could at length see the width and breadth of things as they are, and he realized he was hung in a dilemma of his own making.

This would require great reflection and thought, for he was a father of a family, and his obligations ran deep, and into eternity.

We leave him, now, praying only that he be given the wisdom to know that which he must know eventually, but sooner – maybe today.

It is our humble prayer.

So mote it be.

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A PAGE FROM AN ANCIENT BOOK

Appeal: Judge Is Picking Law That Is ‘Convenient’

 

A Waco Police Officer holds his rifle on a man ballistics tests proved he shot as he bleeds out at Twin Peaks Restaurant on May 17, 2015. 

Waco – A criminal district court judge is accused of picking and choosing what part of the law is convenient over that which is not in a murder case stemming from a biker shootout that occurred in this city more than three years ago.

Lawyers for a Twin Peaks defendant alleged in court papers that 54thCriminal District Judge Matt Johnson failed to perform his ministerial duty to ensure due process when he refused to quash a superseding indictment for rioting returned by a Grand Jury under the same cause number as the original charge of engaging in organized criminal activity.

They are seeking an order for Johnson to quash the new charge in a writ of mandamus.

Judge Johnson denied Marcus Pilkington, who allegedly struck a biker from a rival motorcycle club with a cudgel before another defendant allegedly shot him on May 17, 2015, the right to object to the form or substance of the amended charge.

That right is guaranteed by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, according to the appeal.

Houston attorney Clay Conrad argued it’s not up to the judge to choose what part of the law is convenient and “ignore the part that is inconvenient.”

Pilkington cannot “know whether he is facing two indictments or one,” as a result of Johnson’s denial of a previous motion argued by Conrad’s partner, criminal trial lawyer Paul Looney.

To further complicate matters, the victim Richard Kirschner died as a result of a gunshot wound to one of his buttocks from an assault rifle bullet fired by Waco Police Officer Michael Bucher, a death ruled a homicide by a medical examiner, for which as a police officer he was granted immunity in a previous session of the Grand Jury.

Pilkington’s lawyers have promised to appeal a negative ruling by the intermediate 10th District Court of Appeals at Waco to the state’s highest criminal appeals court, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, which sits at Austin.

Rioting is defined by Texas law as violence perpetrated by seven or more persons that is likely to cause damage to property or injury to persons.

In the shootout that took place between motorcyclists just previous to a meeting of the Confederation of Clubs at Twin Peaks Restaurant, 9 died, 20 suffered wounds, and 177 persons were initially arrested and charged. Some 155 later faced indicment for engaging in organized criminal activity.

Most of those charges were dismissed by the Courts with the proviso that greater probable cause existed to prove other alleged offenses. The Grand Jury returned indictments for rioting against 35 of the original defendants.

To read this legal instrument and the exhibits attached, click here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/556angstuzbkh6r/PILKINGTON.pdf?dl=0

To read the report of the autopsy surgeon who determined Richard Kirschner died due to homicide caused by a gunshot wound, one need only click here:

https://www.wacotrib.com/richard-vincent-kirschner-jr-autopsy-report/pdf_c9b521f4-424b-11e5-add9-e75e4280d24b.html

To watch the video  from Officer Bucher’s dashcam, click here:

This is a video of the ambush and shoot-out depicted by a pole camera installed by the DPS at about 7 a.m. the morning of May 17, 2015:

Medical Examiner reads Bikers’ autopsies: