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A grand jury has been empaneled and is poised to consider the cases of 177 people arrested after the May shootout involving bikers and police in Waco.
None of the 177 people arrested and held for days or weeks on $1 million bonds has been charged. It remains unclear whose bullets struck those who died or were hurt.
Judge Matt Johnson of Waco’s 54th State District Court empaneled a new grand jury Wednesday morning. Those 12, plus four alternates, replace the previous grand jury that was headed by a Waco police detective. Like the previous grand jury, the new panel was selected at random from rolls of registered voters and licensed drivers, as dictated by new legislation.
There are no other plans for that grand jury — and previous foreman, Detective James Head — to meet again, the judge said.
Head being named foreman of the grand jury provided ample fodder for conspiracy buffs and biker groups, who took to social media to decry the move.
According to police intelligence reports, groups wanting to wear Texas rockers must get permission from the Bandidos.
The Cossacks are not members of the local COC&I and the Bandidos are. But the Cossacks consider Waco “their territory and made the decision to take a stand and attend the meeting uninvited,” according to the court documents.
“Cossacks threatened that Waco was a ‘Cossacks town’ and nobody else could ride there,” the records state. “The large number of Bandidos and their supporters showed up to the Region 1 COC&I meeting because the Bandidos wanted to have a show of force and make a statement that Waco was not the Cossacks’ town.”
originally posted by: greencmp
a reply to: jadedANDcynical
Still no ballistics, I can't think of a reasonable explanation for their failure to include the most important physical evidence.
I was also told the arrest affidavit would support the arrest of not only any members of the Bandidos or Cossacks, but also anyone else who was a supporter of the Bandidos or Cossacks. It was explained to me that if a person was wearing a patch, clothing or insignia that indicated he or she was a supporter of the Bandidos or Cossacks; or if they mentioned in an interview that they were a supporter of the Bandidos or Cossacks, then they should also be charged with engaging in organized crime.
“Any and all information regarding the Confederation of Clubs and Independents thereinafter referred to as the COC&I between January 1, 2013 and May 17, 2015 to include:
“A copy of all scheduled meetings and locations as well as the itinerary (sic) for said meeting; any email, documents or other correspondence regarding scheduling or rescheduling of said meetings or location changes;
“All individual members names, club affiliations and any other persons claiming independent status with the COC&I, home addresses billing, Shipping, email and I P addresses, home and alternate telephone numbers for each member and club;
“A copy of the original applications filed by each past and current member;