Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Police: No Antigay Motive in Bar Raid (via Advocate)

Police: No Antigay Motive in Bar Raid - Yahoo! News
Police in Fort Worth, Texas deny that antigay motives prompted a raid of a local gay bar that left one patron severely injured on Sunday, the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Police chief Jeff Halstead said on Monday that police internal-affairs investigators would look into officers' actions during the early morning raid at the Rainbow Lounge, where seven patrons were arrested, including Chad Gibson, a 26-year-old who remains hospitalized with a serious head injury.

Forth Worth city council members Joel Burns and Kathleen Hicks on Monday called for a full investigation into the incident, as did the Human Rights Campaign.

Police say they were conducting a routine bar inspection -- the third of the night -- on Sunday around 1 a.m. when they arrived at the Rainbow Lounge and arrested patrons on suspicion of public intoxication. They say Gibson grabbed an officer's crotch and exhibited signs of alcohol poisoning.

His sister, Kristy Morgan, denied those charges to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and questioned why it took 15 minutes for police to summon medical help at 2:25 a.m. after ticketing her brother for public intoxication at 2:10 a.m......

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