The Stonewall-esque raid of Fort Worth gay bar Rainbow Lounge left patron Chad Gibson in the ICU unit with a brain injury. Chad’s mother Karen Carter and witnesses describe what happened, which is a far cry from what Police Chief Jeff Halstead had to say.
As for Chad’s condition, his sister says, “said the most recent CAT scans have shown that the blood clot on Chad’s brain has stopped growing, which is good news, but he is not out of the woods yet. She said doctors told the family that as long as the clot remains — whether it is growing or not — there is the chance that all or some of it could break loose and cause severe damage or death, or that the bleeding could start up again. At this point, Kristy said, doctors are not talking about having to do surgery to repair the bleed or remove the clot. They believe that the clot will eventually dissolve and be reabsorbed into the body, but that could take anywhere from six months to two years. Chad will likely be hospitalized at least for the rest of this week, and will then have to have follow-up appointments and consultations with a neurosurgeon.”
UPDATE: The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released a statement about the incident. It reads in part:
“We are saddened that this incident occurred and extend our sincere hope that Mr. Gibson recovers quickly,” said TABC Administrator Alan Steen. “I have initiated an internal affairs investigation to answer questions about how these locations were chosen, to review the agents’ actions, and specifically to establish the facts surrounding Mr. Gibson’s injury.”