Friday, July 3, 2009

Fort Worth mayor wants federal review in raid of gay bar

Fort Worth mayor wants federal review in raid of gay bar | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Breaking News for Dallas-Fort Worth | Dallas Morning News
Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief called on federal prosecutors Friday to ensure a thorough review of last week’s bar raid that resulted in a serious head injury to one patron.

Parallel investigations — one by Fort Worth police and another within the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission — are already under way into what happened Sunday at the Rainbow Lounge.

And, police chief Jeff Halstead has announced the indefinite suspension of bar checks conducted jointly by his department and TABC.

Moncrief encouraged anyone who witnessed the events to tell police what they saw, and he said he has asked acting U.S. Attorney James Jacks to independently review the police investigation afterward “to ensure the department has thoroughly and impartially carried out its obligation to all the citizens of Fort Worth. I encourage the TABC to follow the same course.”

Kathy Colvin, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Dallas, said Friday that Jacks and Moncrief have discussed the issue. She said that the department would review any documents and reports that Fort Worth provides it....

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