A bikers’ rally counting hundreds of attendees took place on Sunday in Waco, Texas. The bikers were protesting the illegal incarceration of more than 150 bikers after the fatal events at Twin Peaks restaurant.
The purpose of this rally was to protest the incarceration of some of the bikers who had no involvement in the Twin Peaks shootout that resulted in nine deaths and 18 people severely injured.
The ‘All for 1’ peaceful protest had the McLennan County Courthouse as its final destination. Police and judges alike are being held accountable by the biker community for ruining the lives of perfectly innocent people.
Initially, bikers from North Texas gathered at Arlington’s Six Flags Mall before they joined with others and set out to circle the detention center and the jail where their peers are being held in sign of support and understanding.
The rally’s message goes beyond the results of the fatal events that took place at the Twin Peaks restaurant in the previous weeks. Its initiators and hundreds of supporters wish to draw attention on the stereotyping of bikers, of biker gangs and the unjust treatment they are subject to due to these stereotypes.
177 motorcyclists were forcefully arrested last month after the brawl that left nine people dead and 18 injured. Until Sunday, when the ‘All for 1’ rally took place, only 34 had been released. The rest are awaiting lengthy ballistic analysis and are under charges. Their only option for the moment is to pay 1 million dollars in bail individually.
Perhaps not surprisingly, in the aftermath of the Twin Peaks shootout, everyone present was gathered by the law enforcement forces, regardless of not having criminal records whatsoever or having minor charges in their file.
For the biker community, that is injustice at its peak. Many others outside the community support their cause as well.
In response, the peaceful protest featured signs reading: “I’m not a gang member”, “We are not criminals”, “Bikers’ lives matter”, etc.
Skee Dodson, participant in the rally mirrored the opinion of many when saying:
“I think we’re here in solidarity to support innocent people who have gone to jail who were in the wrong spot at the wrong time. We’re doctors, lawyers and brokers, we’re not gang members, and I just want to make sure nobody mistakes me for a gang member”.
Participants were strongly encouraged on the Facebook page to not have anything that might be mistaken for a weapon on themselves. Even the signs featured safety measures. Also, calm and respect for the laws in places was urged from the participants.
Even so, restaurants in the area attentioned the bikers that whoever is wearing a club vest is not welcome.
The ‘All for 1’ protest ended peacefully and the bikers message hopefully got across. The 300,000 strong Texas biker community fully supported the rally and its intentions.
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