A new biker movement is gaining support as hundreds of people plan to join a peaceful protest at the McLennan County Courthouse in Waco, Texas.
It has been almost two weeks since the deadly Twin Peaks brawl that left 9 bikers dead. Nearly all 170 bikers arrested remain in jail, each with a $1 million dollar bond. A growing number of people believe many of those bikers are innocent, and the “All for 1 Rally and Protest” has created on social media.
“These innocent people need to be released from jail. They need to go back to their families and their lives,” said Marni Gilbert, a rider who has six friends and family members sitting in jail. “Their families are at a loss. They are losing their jobs and their livelihoods.”
Marni is just one of many riders who are trying to gather support for the protest set for June 7th at 1:30p.m. According to the All for 1 Facebook page, so far almost 700 people have said they will attend the rally at the Waco courthouse. Some of those are coming from various parts of Texas like Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston.
“We want a peaceful protest. We want all kinds of people, not just bikers,” she said. “We want them to come and assemble and protest their first amendment rights for the freedom of the innocent.”
Shonna Watson shares her sentiments.
“I know my aunt and uncle would not be involved in something like this. They would do anything to help anybody in need,” said Shonna.
Shonna said her family members, Mike and Sandra Lynch, are very well-respected in their community of Mart, TX. They are known to help organize and take part in charity events. She says it’s not a matter of them being at the wrong place at the wrong time, but that others should not have been there.
“Most people were there for the meeting. I think that bad choices of other people turned it into something it shouldn’t have been,” she said.
Shonna does not ride a motorcycle, but says she will be at the protest to support her aunt and uncle who cannot afford two $1 million dollar bonds. “They are being accused of horrible things and they are not true,” she said through tears. “To see families lives being torn apart… it’s not right.”kcentv.com – KCEN HD – Waco, Temple, and Killeen
Each of the 172 arrested are being charged with engaging in organized criminal activity, which includes murder, capital murder and aggravated assault.
“Based upon the evidenced that we had at the time; based upon the scene; based upon the amount of weapons; based on what occurred up until that point, I’m very confident in the probably cause affidavit that supported the arrest warrant of all these individuals. Period,” McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna said, claiming it is a justifiable charge.
The first round of bond reduction hearing is scheduled for next Friday on June 5, followed by the protest rally on Sunday June 7.