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Three TABC Agents Fired Over Raid on Rainbow Lounge


The hammer has come down on seven officials involved in the late June raid on the Rainbow Lounge gay nightclub in Fort Worth, Texas which left one man in the hospital with injuries. Three of the officials have been fired.

The AP reports: "The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission says agent Christopher Aller and agent trainee Jason Chapman were fired Friday. Both participated in the June 28 raid at the Rainbow Lounge. Their supervisor, Sgt. Terry Parsons, wasn't at the bar that night but also was fired, effective Sept. 2. Two other commission officials also were disciplined. Fort Worth District Lt. Gene Anderson will be suspended without pay for three days and be on probation for six months. Capt. Robert "Charlie" Cloud received a written reprimand."

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  1. YAY! AT the very least, it's a small nod to justice.

    Posted by: Harris of Hollywood | Aug 28, 2009 1:21:31 PM

  2. A lot of good news for gay people coming out the last two days. Keep moving forward, keep pushing for progress. We have a lot of work to do. Firing these police officers sends a good message that illegal, discriminatory actions are not acceptable.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 28, 2009 1:27:53 PM

  3. Like most fired govt. employees, they will now sue and win damages in court over their firing. Happens almost every time.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 28, 2009 1:28:17 PM

  4. @ Doug Berman

    No chance. I think *they* came down too hard on the poor guy they put in hostpital causing intracerebral hemorraghing.

    They got what they deserved, and it's nice for once to see an appropriate reaction.

    Posted by: Gregus | Aug 28, 2009 2:21:20 PM

  5. Finally some justice in Texas

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 28, 2009 2:40:30 PM

  6. Actually, Anon, I think they did the firings because there's going to be a wave of lawsuits against the department and they wanted to get in front of it and look chastened. Still, it's a good response.

    Ignore anything Doug Berman says. He comments solely to piss people off. Towleroad seems to attract that type every few months.

    Posted by: Paul R | Aug 28, 2009 5:59:24 PM

  7. Great. Now, when are they going to be arrested and tried for assault?

    Posted by: gmcfly | Aug 28, 2009 7:08:34 PM

  8. @ GMCFLY,

    I don't know. Why don't you ask Texas State Attorney General Greg Abbott that?
    (512) 463-2100

    Posted by: Wheezy | Aug 28, 2009 8:32:04 PM

  9. ANON is such a debbie downer.

    Posted by: nic | Aug 28, 2009 10:12:41 PM

  10. Justice served.

    Posted by: Beef and Fur | Aug 28, 2009 10:20:49 PM

  11. anyone wanna bet that their lawsuits were filed by the time Andy typed the last period (.) in this post?

    them good ol' boys was drinkin' whisky and rye...

    Posted by: mike/ | Aug 29, 2009 3:08:13 AM

  12. This isn't the 1960's any longer.

    Posted by: NORM | Aug 29, 2009 1:39:11 PM

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