LATEST FROM OVERNIGHT: 11 arrested in Waco biker shootout file civil rights suit


Eleven people who were arrested after the May 2015 shootout during a gathering of motorcyclists in Waco are suing the city of Waco, McLennan County, and several officials in that area, accusing them of false arrest and of violating their civil rights.

The suit is the latest in a series of legal actions brought forward by bikers who were arrested the day of the fatal shootout that killed nine people.

The following people filed suit on Tuesday: Daryle Walker, Michael Woods, Don Fowler, David Cepeda, Kevin Rash, Richard Kreder, Greg Corrales, Bobby Joe Samford, Jimmy Spencer Jr., Craig Rodahl and Arley Harris III.

“Despite a total lack of particularized evidence relating to specific individuals, (the defendants) determined that individuals would be arrested and charged with engaging in organized criminal activity based entirely on their presence at Twin Peaks, the motorcycle club that defendants presumed an individual was associated with, and/or the clothing they were wearing at the time of the incident,” the lawsuit says. “Rather than investigating the incident and relying on actual facts to establish probable cause, Defendants theorized that a conspiracy of epic proportion between dozens of people had taken place, and willfully ignored the total absence of facts to support their ‘theory.’”

The following officials are defendants in the suit: Waco police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Det. Manuel Chavez and McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna.


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