WTF??!!! What the Hell Happened??!!! Those were the first
thoughts to come to mind when news of the COC meeting in Waco, TX came
out. The events there prompted a last minute re-write of this month's
Editor's Letter. We never expected to be addressing anything like the
events in Waco this month. We currently are, and have been for years,
members of the Alabama Confederation of Clubs. We were members before
taking over Thunder Roads of AL/FL Pan. This type of thing doesn't happen
at a COC meeting, part of the COC's purpose is to avoid altercations between
At the time of this writing it's a bit too early to know, definitively,
what happened. All of the initial information about the events that occurred
came from the Waco Police. Anyone having the slightest familiarity with
motorcycle clubs could tell this information wasn't making much sense.
Anyone who might tell a different story was swept up in all of the arrests.
Regardless of the validity of the Waco Police version of events, arresting
everyone in the vicinity wearing a patch, charging them with RICO violations
and hanging a million dollar bond on them is extreme. What little information
that has come out in the days immediately afterward seems to cast further
suspicion on the police story. There is plenty of speculation going on
so we don't need to get into it here. Bull, owner of Dirty Deeds Motorcycle
Company and Vice Chairman of the Alabama COC, wrote an article for this
issue that looks at the Waco incident from a perspective that many people
may not have considered. We are glad he wrote it and think you will find
it interesting too.
Motorcycle Clubs are not "gangs" and they certainly are not
scouring the roadways seeking to perpetrate crime and violence on anyone
crossing their path. Every weekend during the event season there are patchholders
from all sorts of clubs mingling together to have a good time and/or support
a worthy cause without incident. The notion that patchholders suddenly
need to be feared and shunned because of what happened in Waco is silly.
They are the same people they were before Waco happened. Hopefully the
truth about what happened in Waco will come out soon and the responsible
parties will be held accountable. Our prayers go out to the families hurt
by this terrible tragedy.
Thank you all for your continued support
and for patronizing the advertisers who make this "free" publication
possible. Don't forget to tell them you heard about them in Thunder Roads.
As always, thank you for joining us on this
incredible ride. Keep the shiny side up. We'll see you down the road.
Living Life Behind Bars,
Terminator & Thumper (TnT)
Thunder Roads Magazine of Alabama/Florida Panhandle