Texas Bikers Who Were At The Twin Peaks Shooting That Killed 9 Speak Out, Say It Was The Cops Who Lit Them Up
Back in May, the nation was captivated by the terrifying story out of Waco, Texas of a massive confrontation between biker gangs that left nine dead, 20 wounded and almost 200 hundred arrested.
The tales from it kept getting wilder and wilder. All told, police claimed to collect over 1,000 weapons, and, in a unprecedented move, set bail for every biker arrested at $1,000,000. They did it saying rival gangs were at war and that was the only way to keep the peace.
Now that time has passed, that narrative is coming under question.
In a fantastic piece of journalism, GQ reporter Nathaniel Penn went down to Waco and unearthed a much different tale.
What started as a peaceful meeting between the largest gang in Texas, the Banditos, and its rival, the Cossacks, at a Twin Peaks turned edgy.
Anonymous Cossack #1: A group of seven Bandidos rolled up on bikes, furious that we were parking up front. They hit one of our prospects, an older guy—ran over his foot.
Reginald Weathers (Bandidos, from court testimony at his bail hearing): My president and vice president tried to back in, and immediately the Cossacks on the porch came out and started pushing their bikes [away], saying they couldn’t park there.
Anonymous Cossack #1: Of course, we’re not gonna back down. We’re men. One of our sergeants at arms—our guys in charge of security—said, “We can take our cuts [vests with club patches] off right now, and you and I can fight.” The guy says, “No, we’re not doin’ that.” Our sergeant at arms says, “Then let’s go in and have a beer and talk about it.”
Things calmed down, but another confrontation sparked another fist fight. That’s when a shot rang out. Most everyone there agreed it was a warning shot, fired to startle. What happens next is up for debate. Many Cossacks and Banditos say undercover cops were already in place, and after one shot rang out, basically decided to light the place up.