Orange County Bikers head to peaceful protest in Waco
As a 143 bikers remain behind bars in Waco, Texas after the Twin Peaks Brawl, a Biker Protest is scheduled for Sunday in Waco.
A handful of bikers from Orange County plan to attend the peaceful rally.
A post on the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents said the organization does not support the protest and asked those who participate to do so in a peaceful and respectful manner.
“I have seen hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists,” Darryll Blount of West Orange said. “I have never seen it (Waco) before.”
Blount and his wife, Jennifer, are Independent Riders.
Independent Riders (IR) do not belong to a club or gang.
“There are family clubs and outlaw clubs,” Blount said. “An outlaw club does not mean they are criminal. It means they do not follow AMA rules.”
American Motorcycle Association (AMA) began as a way for motorcyclists to address the issues that are important to them and motorcycle competitions.
Blount said he plans to attend the event this weekend.
“I have met many ‘outlaw’ bikers in civilian world and they are great guys,” Blount said.
Jennifer Blount said one way to describe outlaw bikers was as weekend warriors.
“We just want to ride and enjoy ourselves,” she said.
Darryll Blount said he is having difficulty in believing the information released after the Twin Peak incident.
A brawl at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco, Texas, left nine dead and 18 wounded on May 18. Nearly 200 people were arrested.
“It is hard to believe these people would start trouble knowing there were that many police there,” Blount said. “If there was such a strong police presence, and they were concerned, where were the body cams? Or a person recording everything?”
Blount said there is a saying – ATGATT – All the gear all the time.
“Roads were not meant for motorcycles and motorcycles were not meant for the road,” Blount said. “A chain on the wallet is so we do not lose them. Things tend to fall out of my pockets while going down the road.”
Bikers attending the protest were asked to not use sticks to hold up signs for fear the stick would be considered a weapon.
“We were told to use a paper towel tube instead,” Jennifer Blount said. “Bikers are being told to not wear their wallet chains and to remove all their tools from their bikes.”
Paul Looney, a lawyer who represented at least three bikers who have now been released, said he would be on his bike at the protest on Sunday.