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TABC Agents Face 19 Violations, Disciplinary Action for June Raid of Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth

Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission agents were cited for 19 policy violations related to the June 28 raid at Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, Texas which left bar patron Chad Gibson hospitalized with serious head injuries. The agents involved face disciplinary action. A separate investigation is being conducted on whether the agents used excessive force. The results of that probe will be released at a later date.

In mid-July, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission administrator Alan Steen apologized for the raid, saying the agency clearly committed "multiple violations" and used an "excessive show of force."

Said state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth said of the new report: "There were so many violations that one could readily assert that they had no business walking through the door."

Rainbowfortworth Agent Christopher Aller received the most violations of the three agents involved. They are:

Participated in a joint operation (bar inspections) with the Fort Worth Police Department on 06-28-09 without approval.

Failed to submit a complaint card against the Rainbow Lounge for investigation of possible lewd conduct and sale to intoxicated persons on 06-25-09.

Failed to follow instructions on Operational Plan of Red Bull X-Fighters Freestyle Motocross special event on 06-27-09 (left prior to end of assigned shift without approval).

Conducted pre-arranged bar inspections at the Rosedale Saloon, Cowboy Palace, and the Rainbow Lounge on 06-28-09 in unapproved attire (special event uniform).

Failed to follow bar inspection procedures on 06-28-09 at locations listed under allegation #4.

Failed to report use of force incident involving arrest of Chad Gibson during bar inspection at Rainbow Lounge on 06-28-09.

Failed to report injury of person (Chad Gibson) arrested during bar inspection at Rainbow Lounge on 06-28-09.

Disruption of business during bar inspection of Rainbow Lounge on 06-28-09

Agent Trainee Jason Chapman and Sergeant Terry Parsons face seven and four similar violations, respectively.

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  1. Good. I still doubt they'll be fired, but good all the same.

    Posted by: David D. | Aug 7, 2009 9:26:24 AM


  2. I smell a major lawsuit simply based on the violations alone!! When the state admits it erred and that its' personnel failed to meet regulations (esp in this instance 19 regs were violated) a lawsuit by all injured parties is most definitely in order. Actually a Class action suit by all those present and staff, and a separate one for the injured parties........ Wish i were licensed in TX!!!

    Posted by: alex in boston | Aug 7, 2009 10:11:42 AM


  3. He failed to report the INJURY? Jesus fucking christ. That's not a "policy violation," that's a failure of basic human decency. People who lack that trait should not seek careers that require them to protect the public.

    Posted by: K | Aug 7, 2009 1:33:35 PM


  4. I find the third one the most interesting. It says he "left prior to end of assigned shift without approval." So does that mean he left because he wanted to go raid the gay bar? If he left early from his assigned station, it sounds like he was looking forward to it!

    Posted by: DanM | Aug 7, 2009 2:30:43 PM


  5. It has been reported today that the Attorney General's office has refused to either review or investigate this event.

    We will be left with only the reports that come out of the TABC and FWPD.

    Posted by: Marlin Bynumm | Aug 7, 2009 3:59:31 PM


  6. @ MARLIN BYNUMM,

    Perhaps now they refuse to review or investigate but if their feet are held to the fire, as the TABC & FWPD has had their feet held to the fire, perhaps they will change their mind.

    The Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott can be found here:

    greg.abbott@oag.state.tx.us

    Office of the Attorney General
    PO Box 12548
    Austin, TX 78711-2548

    The Fort Worth City Attorney David Yett can be contacted here:

    ph# 817-392-7600
    1000 Throckmorton St.
    Fort Worth, TX 76102

    Posted by: Wheezy | Aug 7, 2009 9:31:00 PM


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