Alex Blaze

Ft. Worth Officials Recommend $400K Settlement in Gay Bar Raid

Filed By Alex Blaze | March 21, 2011 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: bar raid, Fort Worth, LGBT, police brutality, rainbow lounge, stonewall 2, Texas

The legal battle in Ft. Worth after the Rainbow Lounge bar raid continues. Almost two years ago the gay bar was raided by police, significantly injuring several of the patrons. raid-on-eve-of-stonewall-001.jpgAfter the fact, the Texas ABC and the Ft. Worth police, which conducted the raid, investigated themselves and magically found that only a few paperwork regulations were violated, but by and large the fags got what they deserved. They even managed to charge the man who was beaten down by state agents the worst, Chad Gibson, with assaulting a state agent, a charge that was later dropped.

So it's interesting how their internal investigation found that Gibson wasn't beaten by anyone but instead fell down drunk right when the bar was being raided, but now the city is considering settling his suit with them for $400,000.

That's right: the police and the TABC investigated themselves and exonerated themselves, but when the threat of an outside investigation became serious, the city council is willing to pay $400,000 to stop it. But that doesn't mean that the police did anything wrong:

Money for the proposed settlements is available in the city's current operating budget as part of the Risk Management Fund, according to a city document recommending the settlement.

"Approval of this settlement should not be construed as an admission of liability by the City of Fort Worth, any liability in this matter being, in fact, expressly denied," the document states. "This settlement is entered into only to avoid time-consuming and costly litigation."

Yes, I'm sure that's it.

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Not nearly enough and not nearly enough admission to the crime. Guilty and fined is the only acceptable punishment given how so many of us have had to go through it.

Quite frankly, if the police act like thugs it will only lead to some really nasty suprises for law enforcement.

I doubt it. The police have been thugs for a while in the US and most people support them like they support the troops.

There is an unsubstantiated reason for the raid so it falls into the harassment area. This is a major embarrassment to the force. Police chiefs throughout the country will be cautious about the conduct of their own staff. Believe me, they are watching the outcome of this Texas stupidity.