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Fort Worth to Pay $400,000 to Gay Man Injured in 2009 Raid on Rainbow Lounge Nightclub


The City of Fort Worth will pay $400,000 to a gay man injured during a June 2009 police raid on the city's Rainbow Lounge, which coincidentally occurred on the 40th anniversary of the raid on NYC's Stonewall Inn.

Chadgibson Seven people were arrested for public intoxication, and one man, Chad Gibson, sustained brain injuries due to the unnecessary force used by Fort Worth police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents during the raid.

The AP reports:

"The city has said the settlement of is not any admission of liability but avoids time-consuming and costly litigation. Two agents and a supervisor with the state's liquor board were later fired, and three Fort Worth police officers were suspended. Both agencies determined no excessive force was used. The state liquor board says it's also considering settling with Gibson the separate claims he filed against that agency."

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  1. To those who will predictably comment that Chad should have held out and sued the city - you underestimate how emotionally draining and exhausting it is to relive that experience and hear about it over the course of a trial and appeal. One of my friends said it was extemely difficult for her to be on the witness stand and deal with an aggressive cross-examination.

    Posted by: K | Mar 22, 2011 1:44:55 PM

  2. A documentary about the Raid and its aftermath is scheduled for release in mid-2011.

    Starting with emotional, first hand accounts of the raid, this 90-100 minute film documents the raid's aftermath and its lasting affect on the victims, the Fort Worth community and beyond.

    The film is seeking finishing funds to complete the project. Please learn details about the film, view the teaser trailer and pledge on


    Posted by: Robert Camina | Mar 22, 2011 2:12:30 PM

  3. Seriously - this guy had brain damage and he's settled for $400K?

    Who'd he have for an attorney? Closeau?

    Posted by: jtramon | Mar 22, 2011 2:54:27 PM

  4. Thank you K. I know, he had a solid case, that would have taken much longer to show the legal facts of the case, but consider this, how long has he had to deal with this? Since June 2009. Emotional exhaustion aside, who do you think paid for his medical bills? His medication, his doctor referals, his transportation, and lawyer? All of that came out of his own pocket. If he could prove it was the city at fault, they they would, however... If I had to guess, he decided to settle for that amount because the city did what all corperations do when facing off againist the public, they bleed their funds dry and wait them out until they are forced to compromise. I've not only seen it happen but was on the recieving end of this tatic myself once. I don't know the extent of his pain or the amount of damage he suffered but I feel for this guy. My heart goes out to him and his family,

    Posted by: Cocoa | Mar 22, 2011 3:14:29 PM

  5. 400,000...they got off damn easy, and they know it.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 22, 2011 5:29:45 PM

  6. Don't you just love these people who "do not admit any culpability", even after the facts have been revealed? Officers were fired, or "disciplined", officials were reprimanded, etc, and still, "we're only paying this to shut him up... even though we do not admit any responsibility or wrongdoing in this". How much do they pay spinmeisters to come up with some of these releases? I don't know which is worse. Those who come up with these press releases, or the ones who believe them and let them get away with it.

    Posted by: Reggie | Mar 22, 2011 6:05:48 PM

  7. I'm one of those people who gets annoyed anytime lawyers get brought in to take a 33% cut of the winnings, especially since taxpayers generally foot the bill in the long term when local governments settle. However, this case will give pause to anyone trying this sort of Gestapo-like tactic on a gay bar in the future, so it's worth it.

    Posted by: Drew | Mar 22, 2011 11:04:57 PM

  8. "do not admit any culpability" is legalese. It helps prevent any further financial liability for, in this case, the city. If they legally accepted culpability, etc, they'd open themselves up to further possible legal liabilities and lawsuits.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 22, 2011 11:58:10 PM

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