After Weeks in Jail, Waco Shooting Suspect Files Civil Rights Lawsuit

Matthew Alan Clendennen says he wasn’t involved, and his arrest was unlawful.

By Rhonda FanningJune 1, 2015 8:49 am

It’s been two weeks since the shootout in Waco that left nine dead. The incident involved members of known motorcycle gangs and other motorcycle clubs, and resulted in more than 170 arrests.

In the days that followed the shooting, questions already began swirling about the legal battle that would follow. Now one of those arrested, Matthew Alan Clendennen, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Friday against the City of Waco, the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, and individual police officers.

Tamara Tabo, who runs the Center for Legal Pedagogy at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, joins the Texas Standard to talk about the legal issues.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.