The police also claimed the customers made sexual advances and contact with them. Other customers were detained and later released without arrest. In response to this incident, several of the witnesses in the bar that evening, including Todd Camp, the artistic director of the local gay and lesbian film festival, began a grassroots awareness campaign with the launch of the informational Facebook page "Rainbow Lounge Raid. Several local organizers planned a protest on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse the next afternoon.
Fort Worth Presents Settlement To Man Injured In Gay Bar Raid
Texas ABC fires 2 agents and their boss over raid at Fort Worth gay bar - Los Angeles Times
The raid in the early hours of June 28 by Fort Worth police officers and agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has set off a political uproar and galvanized gay advocates in Fort Worth, who have traditionally been less vocal than in Dallas and Houston. After years of keeping a low profile, gay men and lesbians in Fort Worth say they are furious, and their complaints have spread on the Internet, attracting support from gay rights groups across the country. They have organized protests and formed a new organization, Fairness Fort Worth, to keep track of various investigations into the incident that have begun or been requested. They also have taken up collections and organized a benefit concert to help the injured. The incident has drawn even more attention because of its timing; it came on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riot in New York City, widely considered to be the start of the gay rights movement. Law enforcement officials have begun an investigation into the accusations of brutality, and internal affairs officers from the state liquor authority were interviewing employees of the club on Friday afternoon, sifting through conflicting accounts of what had happened. Halstead, initially stood behind his officers, saying Monday that patrons had provoked the scuffle by making sexual gestures toward officers.
Fort Worth police suspend 3 officers in gay bar raid
Fort Worth police are known for being very Paddywagon-happy. I also just moved to Fort Worth in March and my first experience were Fort Worth police just waiting outside restaurants and bars that line the square with two paddywagons. One girl was being arrested and a big guy had her seated on the curb and would not let her up. He underwear were showing and her spaghetti straps were coming down.
The police also claimed the customers made sexual advances and contact with them. Other customers were detained and later released without arrest. Several local organizers planned a protest on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse the next afternoon.