Waco, Texas shootout, what happened?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Surprising Professions of Bikers Involved in Waco Shootout

19 May 2015

170 bikers are facing murder charges after the battle of Waco. Texas police charged so many bikers they had to be booked at a local convention center. Now we are learning who these bikers are and some of what they do for a living may surprise you.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

US: Police accounts of biker battle called into doubt

Friday 22nd May 2015

Video shows only one biker shooting despite 170 arrests and police returning fire

by James Tweedie

OFFICIAL accounts of an alleged shootout between bikers outside a restaurant in Texas, US, were called into question yesterday after security video showed only one biker firing a gun.

Police in Waco tell of a brawl that escalated into a knife fight before the bikers drew guns, with nine dead and 27 injured as a result.

The security video shows diners ducking for cover, seeking shelter in toilets and trying to escape through the kitchen as shooting broke out in front of the restaurant. But crucially, only one motorcycle club member can be seen firing a gun on the front patio.

Waco Police Department has admitted that its officers, who were waiting in force for the bikers when they arrived, fired shots at the men.

But the department is still tight-lipped on the question of who shot who, prompting speculation that many, or even all, of the dead and wounded were victims of a massacre by trigger-happy police.

A total of 170 motorcyclists from the 13 clubs present at the restaurant were arrested following the shooting.

All were charged under Texas’s draconian organised crime laws and their bail was set at $1 million (£638,000) each.

A gallery of named mugshots released by the police department shows many of the arrested bikers.

Police have claimed that the bikers were hardened criminals bent on mayhem, but only five of the nine killed had Texan criminal records.

The Twin Peaks restaurant where the shooting happened was part of a chain like the international Hooters franchise.

Its owners had previously been warned by police and over their decision to make Thursday night Biker Night at the restaurant.

Police had also pressed Twin Peaks to stop Sunday’s meeting of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents, but management let it proceed.

Waco police responded by stationing 22 heavily armed officers, including a 10-strong special weapons and tactics team, outside the restaurant.

On Monday, authorities suspended the restaurant’s licence and brand owner Front Burner Restaurants announced it was terminating its franchise deal.

Three days after Sunday’s deadly shootout in Waco that left 9 dead and 18 injured, new details are beginning to emerge that call into question the official police version of events: here.

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