Twin Peaks shooting first civil rights lawsuit amended to include DA

Posted at 11:37 PM, Jun 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-04 00:37:00-04

A biker who filed a civil rights lawsuit following the Twin Peaks shooting amended the complaint on Wednesday to include the McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna.

Matthew Clendennen's initial complaint included the city of Waco, McLennan County and local authorities as defendants.

The lawsuit amended on Wednesday accused Reyna of violating Clendennen's Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights.

The complaint alleges that Reyna and his assistants were present at the Waco Twin Peaks and were providing legal advice relating to the drafting the criminal complaint and the existence of probable cause to arrest Clendennen and the seizure of his motorcycle.

The complaint also states Reyna said during a TV interview including that Clendennen and others arrested were guilty because they allegedly didn't act like victims and didn't cooperate with law enforcement to ensure justice.

The complaint said Reyna made this statement knowing those arrested had been read their Miranda rights.

The District Attorney's Office declined to comment on this lawsuit.

Clendennen's attorney, F. Clinton Broden of the Dallas based criminal defense firm Broden, Mickelsen, Helms & Snipes LLP also filed a complaint with the Texas State Commission on Judicial conduct against Justice of the Peace Walter "Pete" Peterson alleging he violated judicial ethics when he set $1 million bonds for more than 170 bikers.

Clendennen who was arrested after the Twin Peaks shooting was released from the McLennan County Jail on a reduced bond of $100,000 on Tuesday.