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Fort Worth Prosecuting Victims of Rainbow Lounge Gay Bar Raid


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. 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 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 6:34:19 AM

  2. Fort Worths' big sister next door, Dallas, is the gayest place I have ever lived. Gays are pretty much part of the structure of this city. Ft. Worth is only 30 miles away, but I haven't been there in 10 years!

    Posted by: Dallasite | Feb 28, 2010 8:51:57 AM

  3. Mike, you are one smart cookie. Thanks for the thoughtful words.
    What's funny about this is the drunk charge, in a bar, with no complaints cited from the other patrons. Please. The false charge alone should generate a ton of civil rights cases. And we should point out that cops bear false witness in police reports against gay every day of the week.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Feb 28, 2010 9:20:21 AM

  4. Andrew is right, where is the HRC on this?! Here in NY, ESPA isn't much better. Another rights group that's more about cocktail parties and networking than it is about really doing anyhing!

    Posted by: PJ | Feb 28, 2010 12:30:44 PM

  5. The sheer abuse of power is galling. Unfortunately, it is representative of American the psyche tho. i.e. you're gay, you have no rights

    Posted by: Landis | Feb 28, 2010 1:32:35 PM

  6. @ ANDREW and @ PJ
    Sorry but your default reaction to blame HRC is misdirected.

    You might want to talk about where LAMBDA LEGAL is on this and perhaps NGLTF this is their that they guard against...but go on....nothings going to stop you from your rants...

    Posted by: MCnNYC | Feb 28, 2010 3:42:05 PM

  7. I love living in Texas and I love my state's diverse land, culture, people, and geography. Justin, Jimshur and Kyle, Texas is not full of slack jawed yokels, it's a HUGE state full of a very diverse community of people and, regrettably, it's the bad press that gets the 'legs' to find it's way onto national media. I could say similar ugly things about West Virginia, Wyoming, Georgia, Tennessee, and so on, but creating dividing lines doesn't help anyone. Gays live everywhere and we are everywhere, so instead of 'moving out of Texas' we Gay Texans simply hold our heads up high and continue to demand our rights like we did in Austin yesterday. I am willing to bet I can find really bigoted, racist happenings in your state's too, so please don't bash Gay Texans. We have enough to put up with from uneducated straights w/o hearing it from our gay brothers and sisters, too.

    Posted by: ABandy | Feb 28, 2010 8:33:28 PM

  8. Typical move by law enforcement to prevent the victims from suing. This is still happening way too often throughout the US.

    Posted by: Steven | Mar 1, 2010 2:51:26 AM

  9. This is a classic defense against liability tactic. The city of Forth Worth is trying to insolate itself from an inevitable civil suit by convicting the potential plaintiffs (and they likely be convicted because judges/jurors mostly side with state actors over fellow citizens, even more so when those citizens are “other”) of a crime.

    God bless the United States of America.

    Posted by: Carlie | Mar 1, 2010 11:12:08 AM

  10. can't say i'm surprised in the least...saddened and is this ok? how did everyone even allow it to get to this point? how does this even make any sense?

    Posted by: Phil | Mar 1, 2010 11:41:13 AM

  11. There is now a FEDERAL inclusion of the gay community in the hate crimes law. Time for DOJ to investigate this as a police hate crime and prosecute the shit outta them!

    Posted by: John | Mar 1, 2010 1:32:46 PM

  12. How many straight bars has this happened to?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Mar 1, 2010 1:41:28 PM

  13. Mostly agreeing with ABANDY.

    Texas's criminal justice system is horribly flawed, and something like this doesn't surprise me in the least. But it's a big enough place that it can't accurately be stuffed into as simple a category as some people like to.

    Houston elected a lesbian mayor before its more liberal counterparts in other states. Austin's a great city and is generally very gay friendly... I never felt the need to hide it living there. The recent gay-bashing was definitely an anomaly (and there have been a few of them in NYC the last couple years too...).

    Posted by: rafi | Mar 1, 2010 4:35:31 PM

  14. The officials in Fort Worth are disgusting. I sure hope the victims of the raid sue the city and police department for their injuries sustained in custody and for malicious prosecution. The District attorney may call their offer a plea bargain but in reality it is just plain extortion.

    Posted by: George McGinnis | Mar 1, 2010 7:38:18 PM

  15. I make a point of NEVER spending any money in Texas when I'm unfortunate enough to travel through that hell hole.

    Posted by: chasmader | Mar 2, 2010 10:35:16 AM

  16. Adam Seidel used to be president of the Dallas Gay Bar (bar as in law) Assoc, so he'll get the job done

    Posted by: Daniel | Mar 2, 2010 4:42:59 PM

  17. hey everyone... :D

    Posted by: Jim Weber | Nov 4, 2010 3:25:51 PM

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