Three weeks after a shootout left nine bikers dead and 177 behind bars, hundreds of bikers rallied in Waco, Texas, yesterday to support the 102 still being detained. Around 500 bikers, some of them holding signs like "No More Massacres in Waco" and "Biker Lives Matter," rode through the city before assembling outside the courthouse for a protest the Guardian describes as "silent, save for the rumbling and revving of engines." The bikers say many of those arrested are law-abiding innocent bystanders and that bail of $1 million each is excessive. "We wanted to let the boys know we were here," a member of the Sons of Liberty Motorcycle Club, which organized the protest, tells the AP.
"They say we're the land of the free. Man, we all know that’s a bunch of BS," a 55-year-old biker who rode down from New Mexico for the protest tells the Guardian. "I'm not just here because I ride a motorcycle, I'm here for all the people." Dozens of bikers have been released after negotiating bail reductions, and a prosecutor offered fresh information on the shootout at a bond hearing on Friday, reports the Waco Tribune-Herald. Video of the incident "clearly shows Bandidos executing Cossacks and Cossacks executing Bandidos, some at point-blank range," he said. "The facts and circumstances of this case are so extraordinary and so different from anything we have ever dealt with, we believe adequate bonds need to be in place to ensure the safety of this community." (Read more Waco, Texas stories.)