47 more lawsuits filed over Waco Twin Peaks biker shooting
By Jennifer Cruz
Nearly 200 people were arrested under “fill-in-the-name” warrants following the shootout. (Photo: AP)
Forty-seven individuals who were arrested following the May 17, 2015, shootout at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, filed federal lawsuits Friday, citing civil rights violations.
With the statute of limitations fast approaching on Wednesday, more lawsuits may follow over the next 24 hours.
Named in previously filed lawsuits were former Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez, McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, the city of Waco and McLennan County. Named in the newly filed suits are those previously listed, as well as Waco Assistant Police Chief Robert Lanning, Waco police Detective Jeffrey Rogers, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Steven Schwartz and DPS agent Christopher Frost.
Friday’s filings add to an ever-increasing list of lawsuits surrounding the fiasco, including a $350 million lawsuit filed in March by Morgan English, who bore no patch or any other indicators that she belonged to a motorcycle club but was still jailed for more than two weeks.
Randall Kallinen, Houston civil rights attorney representing English, said his client will now forever be dubbed as a person who was involved in a mass shooting.