Law enforcement continue to investigate the motorcycle gang related shooting in Waco, Texas, May 18, 2015. (AP,Jerry Larson)
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Former undercover agent Jay Dobyns says people can be forgiven for thinking Sunday's biker bloodbath in Waco, Texas, was a throwback to a bad 1970s movie.The shootout – which killed nine people and wounded 18 – seemed aberrant because the public image of many motorcycle gangs has been burnished in recent years thanks to the many largely benign bike enthusiasts who've co-opted some of the same clothing and style.By Monday, authorities had charged about 170 gang members with engaging in organized crime.To this day, gangs like the Outlaws refer to themselves as "1 percenters," says Terry Katz, former commander of the Maryland State Police's organized crime section.Don Chambers, founder of the Bandidos gang, modeled his club's emblem – a sombrero-wearing Mexican caricature carrying a sword and pistol – after the corn chip company's Frito Bandito mascot, says Katz, who went undercover in the 1970s as an associate to two clubs, the Pagans and the Phantoms.
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