Two more bikers file suit over Twin Peaks arrests

WacoTrib.com | 7/15/2016 | Staff
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Two more bikers arrested after the Twin Peaks shootout in Waco filed a civil rights lawsuit Friday, claiming they were improperly arrested with no evidence of wrongdoing and denied due process.

Christopher Eaton and Owen Bartlett, both members of the Los Pirados Motorcycle Club, bring the total of bikers who have filed civil lawsuits to 15.

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The lawsuit lists Eaton as a Dallas County resident and says Bartlett is from McLennan County and names McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna, Waco Police Chief Brent Stroman, Waco police Detective Manuel Chavez and an unnamed Department of Public Safety agent as defendants.

All defendants previously have declined to comment on the lawsuits.

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All 15 of the bikers filed suit in federal court in Austin and all are represented by Dallas attorney Don Tittle, who successfully represented nine sheriff’s deputies who sued McLennan County and Sheriff Parnell McNamara on claims they were retaliated against for backing McNamara’s political opponent.

“Neither of these guys have been indicted and neither had anything whatsoever to do with the violence that occurred,” Tittle said. “Mr. Eaton was employed at DFW Airport before the incident and still works there today. However, the false charges against him have cost him dearly from both a professional and personal standpoint.

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“Mr. Bartlett is a devoted family man with three children under the age of six. His wife was left at home with a newborn while he was wrongfully jailed for more than a month. The cloud that continues to hang over these guys is just ridiculous. It’s way past time for the DA to publicly exonerate them and many others.”

The suit alleges unlawful arrest and due process violations and claims the plaintiffs were arrested with no evidence that they committed any crimes or had any ties to warring biker groups the Bandidos or the Cossacks.

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