Kristopher Cody King, 34, says his civil rights were violated Dec. 13 when police pulled him over on Koenig Lane for failing to signal a turn on his motorcycle. King, who was not cited in the incident, says the officers told him to consent to the photos or they would take him to jail and take them there.
The suit, filed Thursday in federal court by attorney Millie Thompson, lists officer Dane O’Neill and two other officers as defendants. O’Neill, according to the lawsuit, peppered King with questions about patches on his vest and his biker affiliations. The other officers were not identified in the lawsuit because their identities were unknown.
Austin-area men arrested after biker shootout sue Waco officials
Two Austin-area men arrested after a 2015 shootout during a gathering of motorcycle riders at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco have filed federal civil rights lawsuits against law enforcement officials there.
The complaints say many of those who were arrested had nothing to do with the violence that took place and suffered personal and professional consequences from being held after the incident.
The plaintiffs’ attorney, Millie L. Thompson, confirmed Wednesday that she filed the complaints but declined to comment further on the cases.
A biker under indictment in the May 2015 Twin Peaks shootout is seeking to disqualify McLennan County District Attorney Abel Reyna’s office, in part, on grounds that Reyna has a financial stake as a defendant in civil rights lawsuits and because he could be called as a witness in the case.
Austin attorney Millie Thompson, who represents Thomas Paul Landers, a founding member of the Escondido motorcycle group and an active motorcyclists’ rights advocate, filed a motion Friday asking 54th State District Judge Matt Johnson to disqualify Reyna’s office from prosecuting Landers’ case.