Fort Worth Council To Vote On Gay Bar Raid Settlement

FORT WORTH (AP) – Fort Worth is expected to pay nearly half a million dollars to a man severely injured in a raid on a gay bar two years ago.

The City Council is to vote Tuesday on the $400,000 settlement with Chad Gibson, who says he was the victim of excessive force by Fort Worth police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in the Rainbow Lounge raid.

The city says the settlement, if approved, wouldn’t be an admission of the city’s liability but would avoid time-consuming and costly litigation.

Two agents and a supervisor with the state’s liquor board were later fired, and three Fort Worth police officers were suspended. Both agencies determined no excessive force was used.

Gibson also sued the state liquor board, which has said it’s considering a settlement.

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One Comment

  1. mkycp says:

    That’s right Ft. Worth, just roll over for’em. If no excessive force was used, just what in the hell are we the taxpayers paying for?

  2. Carl says:

    Because what was officially determined by those entities and what would be determined by a court of law are not necessarily the same thing at all.

    The only reason any settlement is being considered, especially considering this is involving gay people in this redneck state is because it is considered highly likely a much larger sum would be won in a final court decision.

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