When unrest between rival motorcycle gangs exploded in a hail of deadly gunfire at a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco this past weekend, many were surprised and disturbed to hear reports that the restaurant’s managers previously refused to cooperate with police in their efforts to protect the public by addressing the escalating incidents of violence at the same location.

In all, nine people were killed and 18 were wounded in one of the single deadliest shooting incidents in Texas history. Corporate leadership at Twin Peaks took the wise (though perhaps belated) step of revoking the Waco location’s franchise on Monday. Regardless, if local law enforcement’s offer to help curb the problem was ignored, then the owner may face substantial legal liability.

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