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Fort Worth Council To Vote On Gay Bar Raid Settlement

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A picture of the outside of the Rainbow Lounge. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

A picture of the outside of the Rainbow Lounge. (credit: CBSDFW.COM)

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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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