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Man Injured In Rainbow Lounge Raid Offered Settlement

A patron at the Raindbow Lounge in Fort Worth who suffered brain injuries during an outrageous raid of the bar in 2009 has agreed to settle his lawsuit against the city for $400,000. According to The Star-Telegram, the amount to offered to Chad Gibson must be be approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

Chad"'In light of the circumstances, city staff believes proceeding with this settlement is the right thing to do, not only to bring closure to those involved but also to prevent lengthy and even more costly litigation,' Jason Lamers, a city spokesman, said Friday."

"Lamers said the city has also agreed to pay $40,000 to another patron, George Armstrong, who said he suffered a torn rotator cuff during his arrest for public intoxication at the bar. Because the settlement is for under $50,000, council authorization is not needed, he said. Don Tittle, the civil attorney for Gibson and Armstrong, said all parties have worked together for months to reach a resolution without a lawsuit."

After the raid, Gibson and three other patrons had been charged with public intoxication. It took the city more than a year to drop charges for all four.

Wacth a news clip from WFAA, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Sorry, Chad, but you should have made sure they suffered more than monetary damages and the suspensions of a few officers. Only three people were fired?? What bullshit.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 19, 2011 2:11:15 PM

  2. No doubt Mr. Gibson wants to put this nightmare behind him and in his place I likely would have done the same thing. I wish he's taken them to court though. They deserve a teary-eyed bare ass whuppin for what they did to him.

    Posted by: Tone | Mar 19, 2011 2:37:14 PM

  3. Texas has some freakish liquor laws. Very easy for law enforcement and prosecutors to abuse. And the fact you can be arrested in Texas for 'Public' intoxication INSIDE A BAR or CLUB speaks for itself.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 19, 2011 4:22:03 PM

  4. It would be nice if your blog was a bit more balanced. Fort Worth PD has since established a liaison to the LGBT community. City officials have been very repentent over the incident. Fort Worth was the first city in Texas to include sexual orientation in their EEO policy. The very large and prominent Baptist church in the city accepted expulsion from the Southern Baptist Convention because they openly accepted gay members. And openly gay city councilperson Joel Burns has become a national spokesman for the "It gets better" campaign. I'm glad the victim of the Rainbow Lounge raid is getting his due. But that incident was an anomoly and hardly characterizes the wonderful city of Fort Worth. Just wish your coverage was a bit more complete...

    Posted by: RJ | Mar 20, 2011 11:22:28 AM

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