Motorcyclists protest in support of jailed bikers suspects

Posted at 6:17 PM, May 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-25 09:50:15-04

A group of "motorcycle enthusiasts" traveled to Waco Saturday to protest the arrests of 170 bikers after last Sunday's deadly biker gang shootout.

Protesters say local police acted too harshly and claim that most of the people in jail are innocent.

A little more than a dozen protesters from Houston and Austin showed up for a peaceful demonstration outside the McLennan County Courthouse.

Many held signs that read "$1 million bond is excessive" and "Motorcycling is not a crime." Protesters also sent their condolences to the families who lost loved ones in the shooting.

Protester and motorcyclist Ferrell Surette says their not defending what happened, but say they came out to support the 170 riders who he called "average guys, who were just in the wrong place, at the wrong time."

"If it's found out through the investigation, through due process that somebody did shoot somebody else then by all means, that's a bad apple,” says Surette. “That person needs to be prosecuted. But to say that there was 170 bad apples in that one location at that one time, that's just not true. There's no way that could be true."

McLennan County Sheriff's Parnell McNamara stopped by the rally to talk with protestors and thank them for being peaceful. Sheriff McNamara declined to comment on the investigation but assured protestors that law enforcement knows the majority of motorcyclists aren't criminals.