The Ban­di­dos Mo­tor­cy­cle Club has as many as 2,500 mem­bers in 13 coun­tries and even the Hell’s An­gels ask for their per­mis­sion to ride in Texas

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groups like the Cos­sacks who refuse to re­spect their power and when out­law biker gangs jos­tle for power, sooner or later blood is spilled. And there will, in­evitably, be more blood.”

The Cos­sacks also come from Texas, formed in 1969, but ac­cord­ing to Sher are “very mean­ing­less on a global scale”. At Waco, they were backed up by an even smaller club, the Scim­i­tars. Au­thor­i­ties were ex­pect­ing trou­ble and sent, to keep or­der, Waco po­lice SWAT of­fi­cers.

In a bul­letin is­sued on May 1 to state law en­force­ment agen­cies, the Texas Depart­ment Of Pub­lic Safety warned the Ban­di­dos had “dis­cussed the pos­si­bil­ity of go­ing to war” with the Cos­sacks, pri­mar­ily be­cause of the Texas rocker. It de­tailed sev­eral clashes be­tween the gangs.

On March 22, at a truck stop, Ban­di­dos spot­ted a Cos­sack and de­manded he re­move the Texas rocker from his vest. He re­fused. So the Ban­di­dos hit him with a ham­mer and re­moved the rocker them­selves. On the same day, Cos­sack forced a Ban­dido off the high­way, beat him with ba­tons, chains and metal pipes, and stole his mo­tor­cy­cle.

The feud had been brew­ing since Novem­ber 2013, when two Ban­di­dos were charged with stab­bing two Cos­sacks out­side a steak­house in Abi­lene. A month later, three Ban­di­dos were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with a shoot­ing out­side a Fort Worth bar in which two men were wounded and one man died. The blood­bath at Twin Peaks left nine peo­ple dead

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