The Fort Worth Police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission did not target the Rainbow Lounge Sunday morning because it was a gay bar, insists Chief Jeff Halstead. Sound familiar? It should, because that’s just what the NYPD brass said at the time — and continues to.
Seymour Pine, then the NYPD’s deputy inspector who led the Stonewall raid, just got done telling an interviewer, “I don’t think not liking gay people had anything to do with it.”
Now Halstead wants us to believe the same. And that the Rainbow Lounge raid — which was the third in a string of bar raids that night — went down on the 40th anniversary of Stonewall? Totally unrelated! Just “take a deep breath,” he’s telling critics.
Perhaps he should whisper that into the ear of 26-year-old Chad Gibson, who remains hospitalized with a brain injury after being knocked unconscious during the raid. His sister Kathy says Chad “remembers going to the bar. He remembers having a drink. He doesn’t remember anything else.”