United States District Judge Sam Sparks said that the civil rights violation lawsuits filed by 15 bikers will proceed in Austin. The motorcyclists claim they were unlawfully arrested after a shootout that happened at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco in McLennan County, Texas on May 17, 2015.
Eight of the 15 plaintiffs were not indicted with organized criminal activity charges, and three of those eight claim in their lawsuits that they were not even in Waco when the shooting happened. The civil lawsuits name McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco Detective Manuel Chavez, and an unknown police officer as defendants.
The plaintiffs’ legal counsel, Dallas attorney Don Tittle, welcomed the development, saying, “While we may have to wait a little longer for accountability than we had hoped, we respect the judge’s decision to put these cases on hold for now. Once the criminal cases are resolved, justice is going to come for Mr. Reyna and company in the form of an Austin federal court jury.”
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