Looks like the other shoe is dropping on June 28’s Rainbow Lounge raid in Ft. Worth. A 32-page report from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which joined the Ft. Worth Police Department in raiding the bar for allegedly “overserving,” fingers two agents and their sergeant for 19 policy violations. The report backs up previous statements of wrongdoing. The biggest missteps? Agents Christopher Aller and Jason Chapman “failed to get approval for the operation from their supervisor; wore improper attire and violated other established procedures during the raid; failed to later report their use of force in Gibson’s arrest; and failed to report the injuries sustained by [Chad] Gibson.” The agents now have five days to file written responses — and lip-sync for their lives.
Jon Nelson, one of the founders of Fairness Fort Worth, the LGBT group that was formed in the wake of the raid, said he was pleased with Thursday’s report from TABC.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction, and I think the TABC has done a very good job on this portion of it,” Nelson said. “I think they did a thorough job on this and made the correct findings.
Nelson noted that the Fort Worth police are conducting two of their own internal investigations into the raid. And the Fort Worth City Council has requested that the U.S. Attorney’s Office conduct an independent investigation.
“It’s a first step,” Nelson said of Thursday’s report from TABC. “I think it’s a significant step, but it is just a step.”