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Texas Agents Fired over Gay Bar Raid

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has fired two agents and a supervisor over a raid at Rainbow Lounge, a gay bar in Fort Worth, that left a customer with a serious head injury.

“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 internal affair document by the TABC outlines what happened during the controversial inspection at the gay bar, which led to six public intoxication arrests and left Chad Gibson seriously injured.

Shortly after the report was released Thursday, Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead issued a statement saying that his department’s report would be delayed.

“The Fort Worth Police Department understands that patrons of the Rainbow Lounge and the community expect a report in August,” Halstead said. “Therefore, we have asked for time on the August 18 pre-council agenda to provide City Council, patrons of Rainbow Lounge and the community a progress report of our investigation.”

Agent Christopher Aller and agent trainee Jason Chapman were fired Friday. Both participated in the June 28 raid. Their supervisor, Sgt. Terry Parsons, wasn’t at the bar that night but also was fired, effective Sept. 2. Two other commission officials also were disciplined.

Fort Worth District Lt. Gene Anderson will be suspended without pay for three days and be on probation for six months.

Capt. Robert “Charlie” Cloud received a written reprimand.

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