UNBELIEVEABLE! – Fort Worth Police Prosecuting The Injured Victims Of The Rainbow Lounge Gay Bar Raid

In the early morning hours of June 28, 2009 on the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall, at the Rainbow Lounge, a newly opened gay bar in Fort Worth, Texas.a raid was carried out by members of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and the Fort Worth Police Department.  Several customers were arrested for public intoxication and one customer received a severe head and brain injury while in custody.

As a result of the fallout for the Rainbow Lounge Raid, the Fort Worth Police Chief named the first ever LGBT liaison, Officer Sara Straten and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission fired 3 individuals and disciplined two others. The agency also completed some previously scheduled changes including increased cultural diversity training.

And now almost 10 months later comes word  rhat those who were injured in the raid, are actually going to be prosecuted by the city!

“Chad Gibson suffered a severe brain injury while in police custody that kept him hospitalized for a week. Officers said he fell and hit his head while handcuffed. He said he was injured when officers slammed him against a wall inside the bar. Gibson is being charged with ‘public intoxication’ and ‘assaulting a state agent.’ George Armstrong suffered severe bruising and muscle strain while being arrested. He is charged with ‘public intoxication.’ Adam Seidel, the attorney for both men, said his clients are not willing to accept a plea bargain and asked that a date be set for the trial. City prosecutor Saleemah Jones declined to comment.”

What a scumbag citry!

Contact the Fort Worth Prosecutor’s Office and The mayor’s office at (817) 392-7629 and let them know that this is a true outrage!

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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