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The news isn’t good for the Ft. Worth police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, which raided the gay bar Rainbow Lounge in a hostile “crackdown on underage drinking” that left Chad Gibson in the hospital with a brain injury. While the cops say they’re investigating allegations of wrongdoing on their part (while still claiming the bar patrons made sexual advances on the cops during the raid), the situation has drawn the attention of Texas state legislators.
Sen. Wendy Davis and Rep. Lon Burnam have seized the opportunity to stand up for The Gays. Statement: “It is our hope that through a thorough investigation and analysis of the events that occurred at the Rainbow Lounge, particularly in the early morning hours of June 28, our community and those outside our community who have raised concerns, will be able to get the answers they need to their valid questions. Most importantly, Chad Gibson and his family, for whom we are deeply concerned, deserve answers. To that end, we intend to make a written request to TABC for answers to the questions raised in the meeting that we held today. Tomorrow, we will issue a joint letter detailing that request.”
Their words join outrage from the local gay community, which staged a 100-person vigil last night. Meanwhile, in the above report from NBC’s Dallas/Ft. Worth affiliate, it’s clear the police are floating a new rumor to the press: That Gibson injured himself after the arrest, all by himself, outside the bar.
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(Photo: Dallas Morning News)