Some see differences between perceptions of Waco, Baltimore – Yahoo News

The Political Agitator response: The writer did a great job. The others can attempt to twist the difference all they like. Lives were lost in Texas and none were lost in Baltimore riot. It is all about RACE and anyone who don’t see it is ignant to what is going on around them be it locally, statewide and nationally.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, over police killings of black men were of police in riot gear, handcuffed protesters, tear gas and mass arrests. The main images of a fatal gun battle between armed bikers and police in Waco, Texas, also showed mass arrests — carried out by nonchalant-looking officers sitting around calm bikers on cell phones.

The firefight in Waco is raising questions about perceptions and portrayals of crime in America, considering the vehement reaction that the earlier protests got from police, politicians and some members of the public.

Media critics, columnists and civil rights activists are complaining that there appears to be little societal concern about the gunplay at a restaurant in Texas, whereas politicians — including President Barack Obama — described violent looters in Baltimore as “thugs,” and the media devoted hours of television and radio airtime to dissecting social ills that affect the black community. (Source: Read more)

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Outrage as social media users compare Waco, Texas to Baltimore and Ferguson uprisings – Daily News

The deadly gun battle among several factions of biker gangs in Waco, Texas has social media users questioning the civility of its police intervention in the wake of Baltimore and Ferguson’s uprisings.

“They’ve recovered at least 100 weapons,” Deray McKesson, a high-profile activist wrote on Twitter. “The (National) Guard would be mobilized now if, black.”

With photos showing detained members of the criminal motorcycle gangs plugging away at their phones as police calmly stand guard, activists are quick to point out the disparity of the situation. (Source: Read more)

9 dead, dozens injured in biker gang shooting at local restaurant – Channel 25

WACO – Police have confirmed nine motorcycle gang members are dead as a result of a shooting between rival biker gangs in the parking lot outside Twin Peaks located in the Central Texas Marketplace in Waco.

Police on scene confirm the shooting started about 12:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon and involved as many as five biker gangs and close to 200 bikers. The shooting reportedly started after an argument inside the Twin Peaks bathroom escalated to the parking lot.

Waco PD Sgt. Patrick Swanton says the fight “started as a fist fight, escalated to a knife fight, then to a gun fight.” Police report there were shots fired both inside and outside the restaurant. (Source: Read more)