You’re a police official in a central Texas city. You hear that a group of motorcycle gangs is gathering at a place known as an “adult entertainment” business.
You know of the biker gangs’ reputation of criminal activity. You suspect many of them are packing guns. You know some of the gangs are rivals of the other gangs.
Gosh, what could possibly go wrong?
What went wrong went terribly wrong.
The bikers erupted in violence in Waco. Nine of them were killed in the fire fight.
The cops did present themselves in some force at the scene prior to the outburst, which began with a fistfight and escalated into gunfire.
As Jim Mitchell writes for the Dallas Morning News, the restaurant management seems to be the bad guys in this terrible incident.
According to Mitchell: “It is really troubling that police say the local restaurant managers refused to cooperate in tightening security, a claim restaurant managers dispute. No shirts, no shoes, no service is standard restaurant fare. But weapons and a meeting to carve up turf for criminal activity is no problem?”
The restaurant is Twin Peaks, which is a chain of adult-oriented businesses.
Might there be some avenue for prosecuting a business for conspiracy in the commission of a deadly riot?