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Officer suspensions over gay bar raid called ‘absolutely inadequate’

Saturday, November 7, 2009
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Rainbow LoungeFrom the Dallas Voice:

FORT WORTH — The disciplinary actions handed down to three Fort Worth police officers for their part in the June 28 raid on the Rainbow Lounge were “absolutely inadequate,” according to Jon Nelson, spokesman for the LGBT community group formed in the wake of the raid.

Two officers, including the sergeant in charge of the Fort Worth officers that night, were given one-day suspensions. A third officer was suspended for three days.

Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead announced the suspensions at a press conference Thursday morning, on Jennings Street outside the Rainbow Lounge.

Halstead also announced that two lengthy internal investigations conducted by his department had concluded that none of the Fort Worth officers used excessive force during the raid.

Nelson, who also spoke at the press conference, said the FWPD report “falls far short” in terms of disciplinary actions, and reiterated his organization’s earlier call for an independent investigation into the incident.

Halstead said during the press conference that he has given the entire report on his department’s investigations and their findings to the Department of Justice for review.

Nelson also said he was unhappy to learn that the investigation made no effort to explain why the raid happened.

Full story at the Dallas Voice.

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