A biker brawl in Waco, Texas, Sunday that left nine bikers dead and 18 injured is drawing the astonishing response from liberal media voices that the bikers are being treated differently from inner-city rioters because they’re white. The Waco police response and press coverage stands in stark contrast to the recent riots in Baltimore.
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Barely had the news gone national before race-obsessed New York Times columnist Charles Blow posted a Twitter question wondering whether the National Guard would be activated — like a gang fight is somehow the same as a mass disturbance aimed at mass destruction.
One tweeter summed it up: “That awkward moment when police shoot white thugs and no one gets mad and sets the town on fire.”
Waco cops, though, seem to know exactly what happened — even if it was extreme.
“There were at least three rival gang groups here this morning for whatever reason. As they were here, we had officers on scene. We expected issues,” police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said, according to CNN.
“In my nearly 35 years of law enforcement experience,” he said, “this is the most violent and gruesome scene that I have dealt with.”
The shootings escalated from a fist fight at the Twin Peaks restaurant and overflowed into the parking lot. Biker “thugs” shot at each other, and at police, who returned fire.
Some restaurant customers and employees took refuge in the freezer, CNN reported.
The carnage was evident, with eight gang members dead on scene, and one pronounced dead at the hospital. No officers were injured, Swanton said.
Nearly 100 weapons were recovered from the scene, according to a local CNN affiliate television station.
Security Tight At Crime Scene
Police were on alert for additional violence Monday and security was tight around the crime scene.
Snipers were positioned on the restaurant’s roof and on overpasses that overlook the crime scene to protect not only investigators, but also the media gathered to cover the shooting.
The danger Sunday at the restaurant was significant, Swanton said, but on Monday he described the scene as secure.
He confirmed, however, that death threats have targeted uniformed police officers.
The nine bodies of gang members who died in the shooting have been taken to various morgues for autopsy.
McLennan County Justice of the Peace Pete Peterson ordered the autopsies, but declined to identify them until their families have been notified.
They all were from Texas, he said.
Three of the dead were found in the parking lot just outside of the restaurant, four were found in front of the building and one had been dragged behind a neighboring restaurant, Swanton said.
The running list of those arrested in connection with Sunday’s deadly shooting at Twin Peaks in Waco.
Waco crime scene investigators assisted by officers from federal, state and county agencies including the FBI, the ATF and the Department of Public Safety, were meticulously diagramming the crime scene Monday, Swanton said.
Once that process is finished, Swanton said, about 100 motorcycles and many of the 50 to 75 private vehicles in the restaurant’s parking lot will be towed away as evidence.
Investigators say they expect to remain at the scene at least until dark Monday night, Swanton said.
Portions of the Central Texas Marketplace, meanwhile, remained closed on Monday as the investigation continued.
Stores on the west side of the complex from Men’s Warehouse to Kohl’s were open Monday morning, but those on the south side, from Cabella’s to Best Buy were ordered to remain closed.
Traffic into the shopping center off Interstate 35 and Loop 340 was still restricted Monday.
Restaurant’s Alcohol Sales Suspended
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Monday announced it is suspending alcohol sales at the restaurant for seven days because of the shooting.
State law allows the agency to suspend a business license to sell alcohol after a shooting, stabbing or murder on premises that’s likely to result in subsequent leadership.
“Any wrongdoing uncovered during the investigation could result in further action against the restaurant, including monetary fines, further suspension, or cancellation of its TABC license to sell alcohol,” the agency said in a press release Monday.
“Our investigators will continue to work with the Waco Police Department to collect statements from any party involved, especially the restaurant staff,” said Maj. Victor Kuykendoll, TABC District 2 Regional Commander.
“We will continue to investigate the operations of the restaurant to determine if they failed to properly manage the folks on the premises and enabled this event to take place.”
The Harker Heights Twin Peaks restaurant has the same owner as the Waco restaurant, the TABC confirmed Monday, but the license suspension will not affect the Harker Heights operation.
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