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Today in Texas History – May 17

From the Annals of the Outlaws –  In 2015, a deadly biker gang brawl broke out at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco.   The planned gathering of so-called motorcycle enthusiasts started peacefully but escalated into full-fledged gallegedang warfare after a member of the Cossacks ran over the foot of a Bandidos gang member.  The two rival gangs had been fighting over the very important issue of whether the Cossacks could wear the “Texas” rocker on bottom of their motorcycle jackets and vests.  The Waco fight was apparently the culmination of months of increasing hostility and random beatings of gang members.  Six Cossacks, two Bandidos, one Scimitar and one unaffiliated biker were killed, with it being likely that several were shot by police officers who had been monitoring the scene.  Another  18 were injured and at least 170 gang members and others were arrested at the scene.

Bail for most of those charged was set at $1 million.   McClennan County  prosecutor Michael Jarrett said videotape of the shootout shows “Bandidos executing Cossacks, and Cossacks executing Bandidos”. Arguing in favor of the high bonds, Jarrett said, “The facts and circumstances of this case are so extraordinary and so different from anything we have ever dealt with, we believe adequate bonds need to be in place to ensure the safety of this community.” Most of the bikers have since been released, and it seems likely that some innocent people were swept up in the hysteria following the shootout which received world-wide publicity.   And the criminal prosecutions have been on a slow track.  The Waco DA’s office seems overwhelmed and not up to the task of sorting out who actually was killed by who.

DPS Reports that Texas Biker Gangs Were Fighting Over Turf Before Waco Bar Battle

The bar fight that left 9 bikers dead, 18 wounded and over 150 imprisoned with a $1 million bail set apparently erupted over typical biker gang turf issues.  And apparently, the Texas Department of Public Safety was aware of the brewing problems as it issued a bulletin on May 1st that alerted local authorities about increasing violence between the Bandidos and the Cossacks. All nine bikers who were killed on Sunday were members of those groups.

According to the DPS, the problems stemmed from the Cossacks refusing to pay Bandidos dues for operating in Texas and for wearing a Texas patch on their colors without the Bandidos’ approval.

“Traditionally, the Bandidos have been the dominant motorcycle club in Texas, and no other club is allowed to wear the Texas bar without their consent.”

The DPS bulletin also relayed information from the FBI concerning the Bandidos discussing “going to war with Cossacks.”  The bulletin also mentioned recent incidents that were escalating tensions between the two groups.  In March, 10 Cossacks forced a Bandido to pull over along Interstate 35 near Waco and attacked him with “chains, batons and metal pipes before stealing his motorcycle.”  That same day, a group of Bandidos confronted a Cossack member at a truck stop in Palo Pinto County. When the Cossack member refused to remove the Texas patch from his vest, the Bandidos hit him in the head with a hammer and stole it.

Red is glad to know that these two groups are killing each other over such important matters.  He feared it was something trivial.