Maybe when the Ft. Worth Police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission teamed up to to crack down on bars “overserving customers,” they really didn’t mean to reenact Stonewall exactly 40 years later to the day. Because that would’ve been theater! But what they certainly didn’t expect was this: A young man ending up in the hospital with a brain injury thanks to their alleged excessive use of force. And what they certainly couldn’t have imagined would take place afterward? That same young man, 26-year-old Chad Gibson, to suddenly becoming a very vocal critic of the police — and start calling for their heads.
“I was at the bar buying drinks for my friends and I,” says Gibson. “The next thing I remember is waking up in the ICU. I’m just appalled that they took it to the level that they did. … It shouldn’t have happened to me and it shouldn’t happen to anyone else.”
Indeed, it may be impossible for Gibson to offer an accurate portrayal of the night’s events, beyond “the police obviously went batshit crazy, ’cause I don’t remember anything after ordering drinks.” But he, like so many others, wants answers. “You know what, they need to accept responsibility of what they did to me and to everyone. That’s all I want – I want the truth.”
And by the truth, he means having officers face criminal charges. The response so far, Gibson says, amounts to a cover up.
We’ll see how long it takes Gibson to get answers, though it may take a while. For now, the Ft. Worth Police and the TABC are trading blame with each other. The local community, meanwhile, is rallying around the gays; last night there was a public demonstration.
There, Chuck Potter, who says he was at the bar that night, reports, “I saw eight to nine officers run to the back and pin [Gibson] down. I was so mad. They put him in a neck hold. I was so mad that I got out my camera and took pictures. … When they released that young man from a neck hold and he stumbled, they took him to the ground. I saw it with my own two eyes and I was sober.”
And you’re aware the officers insist Gibson was the one who grabbed their groins, right?
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