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Fort Worth Prosecuting Victims of Rainbow Lounge Gay Bar Raid

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Two victims of the Rainbow Lounge raid last June in Fort Worth, Texas who were injured in the raid, are being prosecuted by the city:

 "Chad Gibson suffered a severe brain injury while in police custody that kept him hospitalized for a week. Officers said he fell and hit his head while handcuffed. He said he was injured when officers slammed him against a wall inside the bar. Gibson is being charged with 'public intoxication' and 'assaulting a state agent.' George Armstrong suffered severe bruising and muscle strain while being arrested. He is charged with 'public intoxication.' Adam Seidel, the attorney for both men, said his clients are not willing to accept a plea bargain and asked that a date be set for the trial."

Hasn't Fort Worth's image been damaged enough by this raid? Now they're prosecuting the victims? Despicable.

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  1. If Seidel's a good lawyer this could be fun.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 27, 2010 6:14:32 PM


  2. I don't know how the system works, but can't all the victims file a class action or something equivalent?

    Posted by: RP | Feb 27, 2010 6:15:25 PM


  3. This is completely unacceptable. Beyond that, the police force is absolute trash. There needs to be action on the national level to address this.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 27, 2010 6:31:08 PM


  4. Absurd, and also obscene.

    Posted by: PM | Feb 27, 2010 6:34:49 PM


  5. I'd like to see the stats on how often straight bars are raided and how often they arrest straights for "public intoxication". I'd also like to know how many times they beat up straight people for being drunk in a bar. I'll bet there is a big disparity. Yeah, I think they should be sued as well

    Posted by: Brad | Feb 27, 2010 6:38:58 PM


  6. Forth worth (with their Dallas brother & sisters) should be protesting and more this.

    They need to contact the ACLU and others for this. Better yet, they need to contact private lawyers so they can sue $$$$ the city for lots.

    Money seems to be the only thing that makes these HOMOPHOBES


    Posted by: FunMe | Feb 27, 2010 6:47:42 PM


  7. I have a friend who was bashed by feral teens outside a bar in a major city one night. Ten years after the initial brain damage, he can once again speak coherently, but one of his eyes will never work quite right again, and he still wakes up screaming a couple of times a night.

    There's a tendency to read of these events as thought they were a plot summary of bad TV. They aren't. Someone's life has been forcibly changed forever, and everyone around him has been afflicted with rage, fear, and grief. The social compact has been broken, and those in authority - far from pursuing reconciliation - are trying to hide the evidence by destroying the victim.

    Lots of adjectives flying around here. Is that what we're going to do about this? Blog?

    Posted by: Bryan | Feb 27, 2010 7:02:04 PM


  8. So now we see that all of the PR bullshit was just that. Fort Worth is and will always be a bigoted and hateful pitstain. I've had the misfortune to pass through there, and take my word for it: AVOID at all costs.

    Posted by: niles | Feb 27, 2010 7:20:54 PM


  9. Seems like the FBI should get involved here as the police seem to be using intimidation to shut down any pursuit of their plainly unlawful actions.

    Posted by: David R. | Feb 27, 2010 7:30:38 PM


  10. Unfortunately, the State Department has to tolerate human rights abuses in the oil rich emirate of Texas.

    Posted by: John | Feb 27, 2010 7:38:04 PM


  11. Just added to the many reasons why I:

    1) Don't want to live in Texas.
    &
    2) Think they should be allowed to secede from the US and form their own little narrow minded country.

    Seriously, what is wrong with Texas prosecuting them after all this?

    Posted by: Joe | Feb 27, 2010 7:43:57 PM


  12. Typical move, blame the victims and try to deflect the culpability of a homophobic police department. I say bring on a trial and open this whole sordid affair to media scrutiny let the world see how FWPD operates. This is 2010 and not 1950 :police raids like this wont be tolerated!

    Posted by: robert | Feb 27, 2010 8:22:25 PM


  13. So, they're in a bar causing no harm to anyone, and then thugs wearing badges raid the place needlessly, and now it's the bar patrons' fault?

    ?????

    Posted by: RedCedar | Feb 27, 2010 8:23:52 PM


  14. Understand something about Texas -- it's a vicious, brutal state that executed a man for something that has been shown to not even be a crime...but since he'd been found guilty and sentenced, he had to be killed. That damned state will do anything it must to protect itself and those it deems important, and fags are the least important thing there is after "Mes'cans and Nigras." And believe me, I know -- I lived there for 25 years.

    Posted by: kyle michel sullivan | Feb 27, 2010 8:37:05 PM


  15. Alright, don't let these bigot assholes tarnish your image of the entire state. I grew up in Fort Worth and it's pretty obvious that I don't live there any more.

    There are sane people here too.. please don't discount us.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 27, 2010 9:17:22 PM


  16. "I grew up in Fort Worth and it's pretty obvious that I don't live there any more"

    To you? LOL!

    Also, are you referring to sane people in ft. worth, sane people in texas, or both? Sure...there are sane people in texas...but apparently, they're dwarfed by the bigoted hate filled trash like those in the ft. worth poleees department.

    And wasn't foghorn leghorn a texan? Enough said.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 27, 2010 9:25:02 PM


  17. A gay living in Texas is like a Jew living in Saudi Arabia. Get the hell out of there!

    Posted by: JimSur212Jim | Feb 27, 2010 10:44:33 PM


  18. Were is the HRC-OH that's right, they are at another party!

    Posted by: Andrew | Feb 27, 2010 11:53:10 PM


  19. Sue the fuck out of the shitty podunk city... make them pay dearly for their bigoted attitudes and pricks for law enforcement!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Feb 28, 2010 12:01:02 AM


  20. I am so glad I left that _ucked up state 17 years ago.

    Posted by: dm | Feb 28, 2010 12:28:27 AM


  21. Texas is full of fat, slack-jawed, religious yokels. The place is a hellhole and I ask any gay person living there why do you choose to live among these idiots?

    Posted by: Justin | Feb 28, 2010 12:58:22 AM


  22. maybe if offer mexico 5m they will take back this piece of shit piece of real estate
    every thing in texas is bigger except the iqs

    Posted by: walter | Feb 28, 2010 2:00:14 AM


  23. One of the cold hard truths. Whether it's gays, people of color or even whites (there was a recent case in my area),any time the police are brutal, (and make no mistake, this was police brutality), the victims in the cases often find themselves charged with crimes. Not only because they dared to stand up for themselves, but to try and defend the undefendable.
    By charging two of the victims with crimes, the powers are be are hoping they can excuse the brutality they used.

    Posted by: Zach | Feb 28, 2010 5:34:44 AM


  24. its sad and scary that people still don't see past this...whether ur gay or not...liberal or not...its pretty obvious wut happened here

    Posted by: Phil | Feb 28, 2010 5:35:21 AM


  25. Start a protest at the DA's Office and keep up the pressure until the charges are dropped. Reach out to all the L,G,B,T groups in the area, start a petition drive and calls to the DA's Office. All of this will not go ignored then have a press release. Contact the Attorney Generals Office, tell them that your civil rights were violated and you want to know how their investigation is going. Contact US Attorney Generals Office Thomas E. Perez and write to http://www.justice.gov/crt/ Keep it up! Don't back down, do it with dignity, style, be strong andmake us proud.

    Posted by: Mike the Cop | Feb 28, 2010 6:33:00 AM


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