About 170 people were arrested after the brutal Waco shootout at a Texas restaurant that killed nine and injured 18. Police who went under fire for allegedly irresponsible arrests of innocent bystanders are now defending themselves.
Waco police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton claimed there were more people at the Twin Peaks restaurant when the incident took place on Sunday but they were not arrested. He was quoted as saying, “If you were innocent, or we thought you were innocent, you were one of those that did not get arrested.”
Swanton added that there were more than 200 people involved in the Twin Peaks shootout and some of them were intentionally released on the same day.
Some bikers complained about irresponsible arrests and that the police acted in a hurry without verifying facts.
On Thursday, Swanton said that all those killed or injured during the incident were members of five criminal motorcycle gangs. A day earlier he said that those killed were members of two rival gangs.
Family members of 65-year-old Jesus Delgado Rodriguez killed at the shootout said that Rodriguez was not part of any gang and he was not involved in any violence.
As per Texas Department of Public Safety, Rodriguez did not have any past criminal record.
Texas law enforcement officials investigating the matter are contemplating new threats against the officers.