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10/29/2015 06:39 pm ET

Cops Release Surveillance Video Of Deadly Waco Biker Gang Shootout

Police arrested 177 people in the shooting that killed nine and wounded 20.

Newly released surveillance video of the deadly biker shootout in Waco, Texas, earlier this year shows brawny men hitting the floor and scrambling for cover as shots fly.

Chairs topple amid the chaos. Several men pull out handguns and appear to fire into the parking lot from the restaurant patio.

By the end of the May 17 melee, nine bikers lay dead, 20 more were wounded and 177 had been arrested.

"We had wounded inside, we had people stabbed, we had people shot and we had people beat," Waco police spokesman Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton recalled at a press conference at the time.

Police recovered a total of 480 weapons, according to CNN, including 151 guns, knives, brass knuckles, batons, hammers and padlocks wrapped in bandannas.

Nearly six months later, McLennan County prosecutors have yet to charge anyone in the deaths, and as a GQ investigation revealed, the city's (perhaps illegal) strategy of arresting a large group of people, then holding them each on a $1 million bond for engaging in organized criminal activity, has backfired.

"I don't think we've ever seen something on the scale of 175-plus people being arrested for something they did not do,” said Michael White, an attorney representing one of the bikers, John Wilson. “The city of Waco is looking at paying out hundreds of millions of dollars.”

 

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