Police Procedures Expert Witnesses & Use Of Force Case

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission acknowledges that numerous agency policies were violated during the June 28 inspection of the Rainbow Lounge, Fort Worth, TX, and that disciplinary actions are pending against the agents involved. “There were so many violations that one could readily assert that they had no business walking through the door,” said State Rep. Lon Burnam D-Fort Worth, who met with TABC’s executive director on Wednesday to discuss the report. The 32-page document, which was the result of an internal affair investigation by the TABC, outlines what happened during the controversial inspection at the gay bar, which led to six public intoxication arrests and left one bar patron, Chad Gibson, seriously injured.

A separate investigation and report will address the agents’ alleged use of force. Because that report will include statements by TABC employees, Fort Worth police officers, eye witnesses and police procedures expert witnesses, it will take longer to complete, agency officials said.

Excerpted from StarTelegram.com.