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TX Alcohol Commission fires 3 agents over raid on gay bar

Friday, August 28, 2009
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Rainbow LoungeThe Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced today it has fired the two agents, and their supervisor, who took part in the June raid of a Fort Worth gay bar that resulted in a clash between patrons and law enforcement officials, and leaving one man hospitalized with a serious head injuries.

The Commission said agent Christopher Aller and agent trainee Jason Chapman, who participated in the June 28 raid at the Rainbow Lounge, were fired today, along with their supervisor, Sgt. Terry Parsons, who was not at the Fort Worth bar that night.

The firings come as a result of an internal investigation and release of a 32-page report released earlier in the month that found that Aller and Chapman failed to get approval for the inspection initiated by TABC agents, failed to report that a patron was injured while in the agency’s custody, and failed to report that force was used in his arrest.

The raid resulted in the arrests of six people for public intoxication and sent one man, Chad Gibson, to the hospital with a severe head injury. The bar had only been open for about a week.

Six people were arrested in the raid, and one man, Chad Gibson, was sent to the hospital with a severe head injury.  The bar raid, conducted June 28, happened on the 40th anniversary of the police raid on New York’s Stonewall Inn, an event often regarded as the launch of the modern gay rights movement.

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