Lawsuit Forms After Brawl Erupts at Restaurants
A Texas sports bar is being sued by a neighboring restaurant for loss of business, after a deadly brawl between rival motorcycle gangs erupted earlier this month.
About the Biker Brawl
According to the lawyers involved, Don Carlos Mexican Restaurant is Suing Peaktastic Beverage LLC, the franchise owner of Waco Twin Peaks restaurant, and the franchise operator for gross negligence.
Nine people were shot to death and surrounding businesses were closed for several days as a result of a violent fight involving guns, knives, and chains that began at the Waco outlet of Twin Peaks.
Police forced Don Carlos to close, as it was deemed a crime scene, while authorities gathered evidence from the parking lot it shared with Twin Peaks.
Tony Buzbee, a high-profile attorney who is also former Governor Rick Perry's lead defense attorney in an ongoing criminal case, said, “Twin Peaks didn't just add gas to the fire, it threw the match. Inviting armed rival gangs to a place where alcohol is served is not only unwise, it is reckless.”
Venue Asked to Stop Biker Meeting
Waco Police had asked the restaurant's managers to stop the meeting but said they did not follow through with the requests. The Twin Peaks chain revoked the franchise rights from the companies that run the Waco restaurant for not doing enough to ensure security.
On Thursday, Waco Police had collected the majority of evidence on the outside of the crime scene. They recovered about 120 guns and 160 knives, with more expected to be counted during the investigation.
170 people have been arrested and are each being held on bail of $1 million on charges of involvement in organized crime relating to capital murder. Only one person in the group has been released on bond.
The two motorcycle gangs were the Bandidos, seen as the long-standing dominant gang in Texas and called a criminal organization by the U.S. Justice Department, and the Cossacks, which have been challenging them for power in the state, according to experts on the gangs.