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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fort Worth Police Chief: That Faggot Had It Coming

Posted by on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 4:18 PM

Most residents of Fort Worth have never even seen the inside of a gay bar. Fort Worth's police chief Jeff Halstead is counting on that fact—counting on the average person's ignorance about gay bars and certain stereotypes about gay men—to get a half a dozen Forth Worth police officers off the hook for conducting a violent raid on a Forth Worth gay bar, the Rainbow Lounge, late last Saturday night. Seven men were arrested during the raid, which took place on the 40th anniversary of the raid on the Stonewall Inn that kick-started the modern gay rights movement, and one of those men—Chad Gibson—remains in intensive care with a brain injury. Gibson may not survive.

The officers who raided the Rainbow Lounge claim that the men in the bar made "advances" on them—and Forth Worth's police chief is backing them up:

Monday, police chief Jeff Halstead said the officers' actions are being investigated. However, he also said that officers that entered the bar during the scheduled inspection were touched inappropriately.

"You're touched and advanced in certain ways by people inside the bar, that's offensive," he said. "I'm happy with the restraint used when they were contacted like that."

Allow me to translate the chief's comments: "Them faggots in that thar bar touched mah officers and now they're complainin' about some rough stuff and one little ol' faggot with a brain injury? Those perverts should be grateful they're alive."

This is a classic example of the Gay Panic Defense. In the very recent past all a straight man who brutally murdered a gay man had to say was, "He made a pass at me!", and the jury would ignore the evidence and let the murderer off. The Gay Panic Defense doesn't fly in many courts of law these days but it still has currency in the court of public opinion. And the chief of police in Forth Worth, a major U.S. city, is attempting to use the Gay Panic Defense to convince the citizens of Fort Worth to ignore the evidence—to ignore photographic evidence and credible eyewitness accounts—and let his officers off.

And you'll never guess who the police are accusing of being the groper: Chad Gibson, the one man arrested at the Rainbow Lounge who can't defend himself and may never be able to give his side of the story. But another person at the bar witnessed Gibson's arrest:

"They were hyped up. They were loaded for bear," said Todd Camp, a veteran journalist who was there celebrating his birthday with friends. "They were just randomly grabbing people, telling them they were drunk."

Camp told me he has been in bars during TABC/police "checks" before, "and it was never anything like this." Usually, he said, officers discreetly walk through, looking for anybody who has had too much. This was different. "They were shoving patrons," Camp said, "asking, 'How much have you had to drink?'"

...

"[Gibson] was taken down hard," said Camp, with "four or five" officers wrestling him to the floor inside the club. Cellphone photos shot by patrons and posted to blogs show a person being held facedown by officers in a short hallway inside the club, then show a dent in the wall where his head was apparently banged.

The police claim that Gibson wasn't injured when those four or five cops slammed him to the floor of the bar, but after his arrest, when, drunk and handcuffed, Gibson somehow fell and hit his head on the pavement outside the bar.

All of this is bullshit.

I've been in a million gay bars. I've been in gay bars on multiple occasions when the police came in to check everyone's IDs and make sure no minors were being served. Gay men don't grope police officers when they enter gay bars. I find it inconceivable that the gay men drinking in the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth responded to a raid by attempting to grope the police officers. This "they groped us!" shit is a lie. As the owner of the bar, J.R. Schrock, put it at the protest the night after the raid:

"The groping of the police officer—really? We're gay, but we're not dumb," Schrock said to the crowd that gathered at the bar Sunday afternoon. "That is a lie, and I am appalled by it."

Jeff Halstead can't be allowed to use the Gay Panic Defense. His officers weren't groped, no one was "touched and advanced." Homophobic cops raided a gay bar, roughed up the patrons, and a young man is in the hospital and may die.

Some will say that this was just an ill-timed raid on a gay bar in Texas, of all places, one that got out of control. So what's the big deal? But this is exactly the kind of state-sponsored violence that gays and lesbians fought back against at Stonewall 40 years ago. Gay men all over the country are going to have to speak up and defend the patrons of the Rainbow Lounge. We can't allow the chief of police in Fort Worth to use the Gay Panic Defense or exploit stereotypes about gay men—so sexually reckless that they can't even keep their hands off cops during a raid!—to get away with violating the civil rights of gay men in Fort Worth or murdering Chad Gibson.

UPDATE: More on Chad Gibson's condition:

ac33/1246404201-gibson.jpgChad Gibson, the 26-year-old Fort Worth resident who wound up in John Peter Smith Hospital in the intensive care unit after a law enforcement raid on a gay bar over the weekend, remains in danger with a blood clot on his brain. Dallas Voice senior editor Tammye Nash reports on the newspaper's blog, Instant Tea, that Gibson's sister, Kristy Morgan, told her a CAT scan had revealed the blood clot has quit growing, but it is still considered a life-threatening situation. Until the clot dissolves, there is a danger that the clot could break off and cause severe brain damage or death. A rupture of the clot could also start bleeding again.

The blood clot could take from six months to two years to dissolve, according to the update. Gibson, shown in a picture from facebook.com, will likely remain in the hospital for the rest of the week and will be referred to a neurosurgeon for follow-up treatment. Surgery is reportedly not being considered at this time.

Discussion is under way about the establishment of a medical fund to assist Gibson. His hospital bill will undoubtedly be enormous, and it is unlikely that he will ever recover any of those medical expenses from the City of Fort Worth. Police officers and other government employees are protected by state law from liability in any legal action that arises in connection with the performance of their official duties, unless they are involved in misconduct or broke laws.

UPDATE 2: Someone needs to put this follow-up question to Fort Worth's police chief:

If Chad Gibson—the 160-pound, 26-year-old gay man that it took five of your officers to subdue—groped one of your officers, and if it was Gibson's lewd action that caused your officers to go absolutely apeshit, then surely Gibson—who is in an intensive care unit and may not survive his injuries—was charged with assault, right?

Wrong:

Officers then went to the Rainbow Lounge, which had opened about a week ago. They encountered two drunk people who made "sexually explicit movements" toward officers and another who grabbed a TABC agent's groin, according to the police report.

No one was arrested for assault but about half a dozen people were arrested on charges of public intoxication, according to police records. Police Chief Jeff Halstead said Gibson was the patron who grabbed at the agent's groin.

So... Chad Gibson sexually assaulted a Fort Worth police officer and, according to the Fort Worth's chief of police, Gibson's assault not only prompted but justified the actions of his officers at the Rainbow Room, but... Gibson wasn't charged with assault.

Can someone please ask the chief of police to explain how that works?

UPDATE 3: Via Slog commenter jasonzenobia: The Fort Worth Police Department's email address is fwpdweb@fortworthpd.com and the number for FWPD's internal affairs office is 817.392.4270. That's the number to call to report officer misconduct. Joel Burns is the openly gay member of the Fort Worth city council and he's been all over this. You can reach him at his email is Joel.Burns@fortworthgov.org.

UPDATE 4: I've heard from folks in Fort Worth that Joel Burns' office is being slammed with furious phone calls and emails about the raid on the Rainbow Lounge and the assault on Chad Gibson. Burns, however, has taken action on this and has called for an investigation and is doing everything an openly-gay elected official is supposed to do in a circumstance like this. If you're itching to send an outraged emails, Sloggers, I'd urge you to send emails to the six Fort Worth councilmembers who haven't joined with Burns and two of his colleagues in calling for a full and independent investigation into the appalling raid on the Rainbow Lounge.

Councilmember W.B. "Zim" Zimmerman
817-392-8803
District3@fortworthgov.org

Councilmember Danny Scarth
817-392-8804
District4@fortworthgov.org

Councilmember Frank Moss
817-392-8805
District5@fortworthgov.org

Councilmember Jungus Jordan
817-392-8806
District6@fortworthgov.org

Councilmember Carter Burdette
817-392-8807
District7@fortworthgov.org

And send an email to the mayor, Mike Moncreif, who has yet to make a statement:

Mayor Mike Moncrief
817-392-6118
mike.moncrief@fortworthgov.org

Tell them the whole country is shocked and outraged and that you're appalled by their failure to join their colleagues Joel Burns, Sal Espino, and Kathleen Hicks in calling for an investigation into the raid on the Rainbow Lounge and the assault on Chad Gibson.

 

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Greg 1
I hope Lambda Legal or the ACLU gets all over this. A just outcome would include disciplinary dismissal of the officers who conducted the raid and censure of the police chief, and possibly criminal charges brought against the officers. Oh, and perjury if they try the gay panic defense in the courtroom.
Posted by Greg on June 30, 2009 at 4:24 PM · Report this
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Dan, what do we do? Is there a recommendation about what might be most effective? Post a phone number to call, or an email address we should all send to. I know how organized Slog readers can be. I am stuck here in Austin and I want to DO something about this shit.
Posted by olechka on June 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM · Report this
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Dear Dan,

Start a twitter campaign you have enough clout to start something - I'll tweet from my end. We need this to be a national news story.

Canadian friend,

Les

Posted by lesklassen on June 30, 2009 at 4:30 PM · Report this
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Reason #465 why I don't live in Texas anymore.

And I agree with #2 and #3 - let's do something.
Posted by Hannah in Portland on June 30, 2009 at 4:33 PM · Report this
Carollani 5
It's just so damn sad. Can't we just end this shit already?
Posted by Carollani http://twitter.com/carollani on June 30, 2009 at 4:36 PM · Report this
Vince 6
Demand a federal investigation of civil rights violations. Let's see if Obama means what he says.
Posted by Vince on June 30, 2009 at 4:36 PM · Report this
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I am in Texas right now about 30 miles outside of Fort Worth. I grew up here and then got the hell out as quickly as I could. This is a part of a conversation I had today:

"Seattle, now where is that?"
"...uh...in Washington State."
"Ah, California, okay."

Here in the podunk town where I am visiting my parents (pop 30K) there are NO bookstores. They do not recycle anything, and they have rubber balls hanging off the back of their giant pickups.

Fucking ridiculous. Good luck fighting these fucking homophobes.
Posted by Shilo on June 30, 2009 at 4:38 PM · Report this
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PleasePleasePlllleeeeaaassse let them secede...
Posted by nateturtle on June 30, 2009 at 4:41 PM · Report this
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Dan,
Al Sharpton called;
he wants his schtick back
when you're finished with it.
Posted by Gay is the new Black on June 30, 2009 at 4:41 PM · Report this
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It's time to march.
Posted by Timothy http://www.moreperfect.org on June 30, 2009 at 4:46 PM · Report this
julie russell 11
@2 Start an online petition at: www.thepetitionsite.com demanding justice for the victim.

Sadly, Colorado is known for it's Backwoods, Good-Old-Boy network/ Redneck legal system.
I wouldn't be surprised if the cops get off with a slap on the wrist...disgusting
Posted by julie russell http:// on June 30, 2009 at 4:50 PM · Report this
thegeneral 12
I plead with you Stranger Gods to allow the unregistered comments setting to be saved in a cookie. Please see douchebag @9 if you have any questions.
Posted by thegeneral on June 30, 2009 at 4:50 PM · Report this
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The more publicity, the more likely the city will settle and pay the medical bills.
Posted by sf gal on June 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM · Report this
Hyzenthlayk9 14
One thing that concerned folks can do is check out the Facebook page for the Rainbow Lounge Raid http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=10…

Having lived in a community where the cops (at all levels) were known to be rogue and given to abusing their power (New Orleans and surrounding parishes) I can tell you for certain that no one who is a resident of a community where the cops have that kind of rep would so much as give them an excuse to start cracking heads.

Like the bar owner said they're "gay, but (they're) not dumb".

Situations like this make me glad that I don't live in that part of the country anymore - but reinforce that we still need to take action to prevent more tragedies like this from happening.
Posted by Hyzenthlayk9 http://oystermind.blogspot.com/ on June 30, 2009 at 5:00 PM · Report this
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@12 You lazy fuck. Tapping a virtual button is SO MUCH WORK.

This is why activism has become so irrelevant.

When whining on the internet is too fraught with inconvenience, a cause, ANY CAUSE, has one foot in the grave.
Posted by I logged out just for this. on June 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM · Report this
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No offense, but Gays really do act like Straight Men -- circa 1950, when it was ok to pinch girls butts and all.

For some reason, Gay Men have a Cro-Magnon style of sex that never gets challenged, and they bring it into public places, to work...everywhere.

It seriously has made life in Seattle very...yuk.
Posted by Mr. Yuk on June 30, 2009 at 5:02 PM · Report this
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@ 11 - Colorado?
Posted by UnoriginalAndrew on June 30, 2009 at 5:05 PM · Report this
thegeneral 18
Dan, I just watched a news clip about the incident today and it said the bar had only been open for TWO WEEKS when this shit went down?! Obviously not a coincidence.

And @15 - Yep, our cause is doomed because I'm asking for an enhanced feature on Slog. And yep, activism is irrelevant. Nice work, thanks for helping.
Posted by thegeneral on June 30, 2009 at 5:14 PM · Report this
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It's on Digg and Reddit now - vote it up and let's get the word out.

Digg:

http://digg.com/politics/Fort_Worth_Poli…

Reddit:

http://www.reddit.com/user/NewsGeekaTron…

Posted by lesklassen on June 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM · Report this
Jay Jansheski 20
It should be all cookied up there, general.
Posted by Jay Jansheski http://www.thestranger.com on June 30, 2009 at 5:16 PM · Report this
Mike in MO 21
I love love love LOVE Dan Savage for his ability to boil it down like this.

This is fucking important; why have I only seen this in the blogoshphere?
Posted by Mike in MO on June 30, 2009 at 5:17 PM · Report this
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@20!!!!! FTW!!!!!
Posted by Timothy http://www.moreperfect.org on June 30, 2009 at 5:24 PM · Report this
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As sad as this is we need to Digg, Tweet, Reddit and make this a public news story. This can't happen anymore. If those of us who can't actively participate by going to Fort Worth to raise awareness, we can at least get vocal online. It's been working and news outlets are looking for a wave of "Twitter" news - so lets strike while this form of citizen journalism and internet activism is hot.
Posted by lesklassen on June 30, 2009 at 5:25 PM · Report this
Hyzenthlayk9 24
@21: I know what you mean. If it weren't for Dan with Slog and Andy Towle with Towleroad I don't think this story would have gotten much if any attention at all.

There was a brief mention of it on the Rachel Maddow show last night, but not much since she's on vacation and has substitutes in this week. Still, I think you're right, the blogosphere is the only place where this is really being discussed. Hopefully we can help change that and bring it to the attention of other MSM outlets.

Btw, @21: Long time no see. Glad to see you resurfaced from work and are posting.
Posted by Hyzenthlayk9 http://oystermind.blogspot.com/ on June 30, 2009 at 5:35 PM · Report this
thegeneral 25
@20 - Thanks Jay, it does work for the current post on refresh, but I was referring to saving the setting for all posts. Also, if you have any sort of "Timothy" filter, that'd be great.
Posted by thegeneral on June 30, 2009 at 5:36 PM · Report this
TVDinner 26
Dan, please let us know if/when a fund is established to help cover Chad Gibson's medical bills. I fervently hope he survives this and gets all the therapy he needs for the long road to recovery. I've worked in a brain injury unit and seen what happens when the ole noggin takes a beating. It's not good.

And I really love not having to look at unregistered comments anymore. Thank you, Slog Web Team!
Posted by TVDinner http:// on June 30, 2009 at 5:37 PM · Report this
julie russell 27
@17..Whoops..I must have read Fort Collins...Texas=even worse!
Posted by julie russell http:// on June 30, 2009 at 5:39 PM · Report this
kim in portland 28
From all I have read, found on Google, I'm not inclined to believe the police on this.

My prayers are with this young man.
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on June 30, 2009 at 5:42 PM · Report this
jasonzenobia 29
The email for the Fort Worth Police Department is:

fwpdweb@fortworthpd.com

(snail mail is even more effective, and their internal affairs # is
(817)392-4270 - this is the number to call to report officer misconduct.)

I have sent them the following message:

Dear Jeffrey Halstead and the FW Police Department,

Across the nation people are mobilizing in outrage at your department's actions.

While you may not have targeted the Rainbow Lounge because it is a gay bar, it is clear that the patrons were treated brutally and with excessive force.

I will give money and time to the national legal establishments dedicated to prosecuting your department's actions. If you have not learned that the days when the police can target and attack gays are over, we will teach you.

Rest assured that the nation is watching you and my gay brothers and sisters will be praying for Chad Gibson.

You'd better hope that he lives.
Posted by jasonzenobia http://jasonzenobia.blogspot.com/ on June 30, 2009 at 5:57 PM · Report this
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Texas seems to be starting a trend in gay rights being legally fought due to the gay bashing police offices bullying members of the GLTBC. If this goes to court and advances to even the federal levels, then this case will be following Lawrence v. Texas.
Posted by apres_moi on June 30, 2009 at 6:07 PM · Report this
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@29
Shut the fuck up, pussy.
Posted by you scare no one on June 30, 2009 at 6:10 PM · Report this
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Here is the Mayor of Fort Worth's email:

mike.moncrief@fortworthgov.org
Posted by CG on June 30, 2009 at 6:20 PM · Report this
Hyzenthlayk9 33
The following is from the Facebook page. Info for donating online will be made available soon;

To donate to a fund for Chad Gibson, walk into any Frost Bank location in Texas and ask to make a donation to Q Cinema for the benefit of Chad Gibson (the donation is through Q Cinema in order to be tax deductible). The account number is 608439230. Ability to make online donations coming soon.
Posted by Hyzenthlayk9 http://oystermind.blogspot.com/ on June 30, 2009 at 6:27 PM · Report this
Baxter 34
Obviously, the cops are lying. But even if they WERE groped, it doesn't give them the right to beat the shit out of somebody. That's worse than the "she was asking for it" defense. It's "To Serve and Protect". Not "to brutalize whenever possible." A police officer should know better. But they hardly ever seem to...
Posted by Baxter http://www.jessicabaxter.com on June 30, 2009 at 6:31 PM · Report this
stevema14420 35
This is why the hate crimes law is important. If the local or state authorities won't prosecute the officers because they're bigots, then the feds need to step in.
Posted by stevema14420 http://www.aebn.net on June 30, 2009 at 6:34 PM · Report this
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@29. Thanks for the concrete suggestions. The snail mail address is:
Fort Worth Police Department
350 W. Belknap Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102

I'll be sending a letter.
Posted by I Love IPA on June 30, 2009 at 6:36 PM · Report this
Baconcat 37
Do any of you honestly think Texas is going to change its ways through a lawsuit? After the deaths of James Byrd and Brandon McClelland?

There is no way in hell this is going to be a federal case, there is no way in hell these people are going to be prosecuted, and there's no way in hell this is going to change unless people actually fucking do something. Silent pickets, impotent marches, none of this will matter to Texas. Not to the cops, nor the courts. This did not happen in forgiving South Texas, where folks might hate gay folks, but they'll stick up for them... this happened in the gritty arc of North Texas, where faggots are targets. When you slip out of Dallas or the snug confines of whatever little scrap of Fort Worth queers have a fingerhold on, you're done for. Hell, even Native Americans get shit up there. This isn't Austin, Montrose, Turtle Creek, artsy-fartsy Castroville or the frilly permanent Fiesta of San Antonio, it's hell on earth for anyone who isn't whiter than cotton and dumber than dirt.

Stop being so goddamned naive... this needs to be physical. A foot needs to be put down. Those shit-kicking fucks in North Texas are never noticed because the good queers of Dallas stay locked up in their loop, shades drawn. Al Sharpton won't come save black folk up here neither because he knows he's in a veritable no-man's land.

Something has to give.
Posted by Baconcat on June 30, 2009 at 6:37 PM · Report this
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@16 yes, lumping a large group of people who have only 2 things in common (being men and homosexuals) into the same absurd box you pulled out of your ass is progress!
oh by the way, i heard asian people can't drive, that black people will rape you and those of the jewish faith are ripping you off. so watch out!
ignorant fuck.
Posted by DeathatSea on June 30, 2009 at 6:42 PM · Report this
Posted by thebestpoetever on June 30, 2009 at 7:01 PM · Report this
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twitter is the new comments section: follow only those whose opinion you care to read.
Posted by thebestpoetever on June 30, 2009 at 7:14 PM · Report this
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Thank you, Jasonzenobia and I Love IPA for the contact information; I'm on it. Having been pulled over by cops in North Texas for DWF (Driving While Female), I agree that we have to be OUT LOUD about this. This kind of bullshit must not stand.
Posted by Sarah in Olympia on June 30, 2009 at 7:15 PM · Report this
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Thank you all who provided info. I sent an email AND called. I hope they come in tomorrow to find their voice and email inboxes stuffed to the brim with outrage.
Posted by olechka on June 30, 2009 at 7:27 PM · Report this
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Hey Dan,
Honestly, maybe ,take a page out of Jesse Jackson's playbook and get down there in a hurry and create some solidarity.Attract the media onsite. It's something you were born to do! There's a guy in the hospital!! Slogs are great but they are just, slogs, ya know?
Posted by daleen ester on June 30, 2009 at 7:47 PM · Report this
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Hey Dan your were my hero during the Monorail years in Seattle. I actually live in Fort Worth now. I think it would be great if you made an appearance next Sunday at the rally.
Posted by CG on June 30, 2009 at 7:59 PM · Report this
Lee 45
As awesome as it would be if everyone went ot Fort Worth to protest, I would come out if there were a solidarity rally around here. That's actually doable, for me. And it would at the very least bring more press coverage to this, and FWPD's main hope at this point is that it goes away quickly.
Posted by Lee on June 30, 2009 at 8:08 PM · Report this
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Maybe the cops were upset because Michael Jackson had died.
Posted by clawjack on June 30, 2009 at 8:39 PM · Report this
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Welcome to the rest of the nation.

You're not as close to universal acceptance towards LGBTs as you think. Don't let a handful of states' legal measures fool you.
Posted by Gomez http://misterstevengomez.com on June 30, 2009 at 8:48 PM · Report this
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@34 I couldn't agree more - "he/she was asking for it" is not an excuse to beat/rape the everliving shit out of a person.
Posted by hillside_hoyden on June 30, 2009 at 8:52 PM · Report this
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(1) California Prop. 8
(2) Obama "protecting" "traditional" marriage
(3) "Silencing Christians" airing in several TV networks
(4) First Lt. Dan Choi discharged from New York National Guard for being gay
(5) "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" still in effect.
(6) Religious Right declares war on homosexuals.

Any country that would do this to 10% of their citizens simply because of their sexual orientation has got serious problems.

Add to this the fact that billions are being giving to corporations and banks while the public infrastructure decays (DC transit crash a prime example) . . . the U.S. is NOT the place to be right now. And unless things change . . . and change DRASTICALLY . . . all of you good Americans might want to consider getting out now.

Obama = change? I don't think so.

Posted by earmark on June 30, 2009 at 9:37 PM · Report this
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If the "gay panic" defense is enforceable it stands to reason that woman should be allowed to retaliate against any unwanted advances from straight men. Same logic. Sure, if you grope a uniformed on-duty officer I can even see charges being pressed but excessive force? What if uniformed cops walked in on a bunch of drunk women at a bachelorette party and were groped? I doubt they would have assaulted the women. Either way going en force into a situation where people are drinking without any cause is proof enough they were trying to cause trouble. It's probably true that none of these cops were groped, but I'm just saying EVEN IF THEY WERE the force that was used is still reprehensible and I hope, punishable by law.
Posted by thunderchaps on June 30, 2009 at 9:50 PM · Report this
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I'm assuming that when Chad Gibson was admitted to the hospital that a routine blood-alcohol check was made. When will that number be released? If he was "falling down drunk" as early police reports stated, that should show up in the blood-alcohol test.
Posted by mistereks on June 30, 2009 at 9:53 PM · Report this
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Here's how I know that the cops are lying sacks of shit.

Back when I was in the Army (this would've been around '97 or so), I used to drive down to Atlanta every few months to indulge my gay side. On one such trip, I met a guy who had a uniform fetish. A serious uniform fetish. We're talking two large closets with nothing but uniforms fetish.

We thought it would be fun to be a couple of cops for the night. Naturally he had the right size shirt and trousers for me to wear, in the proper Atlanta PD color. He had the perfect utility belt, even with a realistic looking plastic squirt gun in the holster. The badges were wrong, of course, but close enough, especially in a dark environment. This guy was good at getting the details right.

We both looked the part. He was a firefighter in a small town on the outskirts of Atlanta, and in his mid-30s. I was in the Army still. We looked damn good (wish I'd had the presence of mind to get some pictures). And what really made it realistic was that there were two of us. Everyone knows cops travel in pairs.

So we went to the Heretic, which was kind of a leather-lite bar. The security guy (who might have been an off-duty cop himself) just smiled and waved us in. But when we got in, you can imagine the impact. In a crowded bar close to midnight, voices fell and people made way for us with absolutely no prompting whatsoever.

The Heretic had a back corridor where there used to be quite a bit of shenanigans on a Saturday night. We later heard that the word of our arrival spread back there like wildfire and guys zipped up in a flash.

Then the manager of the bar came up to us to see what the problem was. We told him we weren't really cops and he smiled and bought us a drink. Word got around and everyone relaxed.

So that's my experience from the cops' POV, and why I know this story that the Fort Worth PD is total bill. Because I've seen how the patrons and the management in a bar react, even late on a Saturday night when everyone's pretty buzzed. They do not start groping you, even if the bar's got a reputation for being that kind of a place.

These cops are nothing but lying Texas redneck pigs, and they deserve a few whacks to the head with a billy club themselves, but I'll settle for their badges.
More...
Posted by Corydon on June 30, 2009 at 10:01 PM · Report this
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Who can we call to contribute to this poor young man's medical bills? And who do we call to voice our concerns over this absolute form of inequity. I'm thinking of Chad and have said a little prayer for you!!
Posted by maidell on June 30, 2009 at 10:33 PM · Report this
ams_ 54
This is classic cop behavior: Assault you, arrest you for being drunk, say you attacked them, not press charges.
Happened to me two years ago, and the police complaint is still in the system.

This "raid" is appalling, and something needs to be done about it NOW. I cannot believe that the sheriff is saying such stupid things, and expecting people to believe that the man fell down and hit his head. Actually, no, he doesn't expect anybody to believe it, because almost nobody cares. That is the problem right there.
Posted by ams_ on June 30, 2009 at 10:47 PM · Report this
Lee 55
@54: Yeah, well, as you say, it's classic cop behavior. I've seen many cases of alleged police brutality where I think and even want to believe that the cops acted rightly (this is not one of them, btw), but I have trouble doing so because of how tightly they circle the wagons after any kind of accusation.

A big part of the problem, in my opinion, is how we tend to rate witnesses. The assumption is that a cop is an upstanding citizen, no matter how much of a thug he actually is. This is aided by his co-workers standing up for him on the idea that others will reciprocate when and if they run into trouble.

Obviously, the oversight system here is broken. I don't see how you fix this, though. Have an ombudsman ride with every cop on every patrol? Does that person not gain a bias over time? I've felt hopeful over the increase in recording media in the past few years, but even direct recordings seem very susceptible to the usual spin tactics.
Posted by Lee on June 30, 2009 at 11:10 PM · Report this
playswithknives 56
i think a candle light vigil is in order - or perhaps a divestiture and boycott of all things Texas.
Posted by playswithknives on June 30, 2009 at 11:17 PM · Report this
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Attempted murder by the police would be a good court case. Tried as a hate crime in Federal court. No wonder we need a hate crime law, and the Christian Taliban are so opposed.

Wouldn't it be fun to see these police put in the 'big house', and their identities outed to the inmates.

They would then get exactly what they deserve - being everyone of the super-hetero-macho's prisoner's boys.
Posted by SteveMD2 on July 1, 2009 at 1:55 AM · Report this
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lol, don't you know that police do what they want and then make up a story afterwards to justify it? It's standard operating procedure, because they know the FBI/internal affairs/Judge will just let them get away with it. And it, by no means, applys only to gay men. More often than not, these tactics are used on poor people of every variety. Search your car w/o probable cause? No worries... just cook up a story after the fact to show that there was Probable cause. Beat the shit out of suspect in handcuffs? No problem... just make up a story about how he resisted arrest before the cuffs were on. Shoot an innocent, unarmed man? No sweat... make up a story about how he threatened your life and reached suddenly for his waistline.
Posted by Not Surprised on July 1, 2009 at 5:20 AM · Report this
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They need to get with the 21st century. The narrowminded dimwits! 'Men made advances on them' - Who would want to make advances on a dumbfuck redneck?! - What a bunch of crap! So, so sad. Is this really America in the 21st Century?

My thoughts are with Chad and his family.
Posted by SteveAnton on July 1, 2009 at 7:43 AM · Report this
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My gay husband lives in the metro there and works for the federal government--he has been trying to follow this story since I (who live on the liberal East Coast) informed him of it on Sunday. To date, no news channel that he can find in TX has even covered this story AT ALL. WTF?!!
Posted by resipsalc on July 1, 2009 at 7:54 AM · Report this
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@57: Prisoner rape is the new Godwin's law.
Posted by Greg on July 1, 2009 at 7:58 AM · Report this
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It's shocking that this still happens in Amerika. I can remember this happening in South Africa about 20 years ago. You guys need to start getting VERY angry.
Posted by Joe Smith on July 1, 2009 at 8:10 AM · Report this
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@29 Just sent my email.

@31 Who the hell are you?
Posted by Topher424 on July 1, 2009 at 9:01 AM · Report this
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This makes me sick - these police officers should be held accountable. Many, many straight men get hit on by gay men all the time and there is a reasonable, manly way to say "No, thank you" or "No can do" and not be offended or challenged. Since most straight men force openly gay men to live in the closet whilst many of those straight men live in that same closet, there are bound to be errors in judgement. But I suspect these particular men would haul off and probably beat up a woman that groped them - they sound like they have their heads in their asses.
Posted by drisley on July 1, 2009 at 9:34 AM · Report this
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I do not like anyone mistreated regardless of their sexual preferences, race, religious beliefs, etc but whoever wrote this story is just as ignorant and as filled with hate as the fort worth sheriff you are accusing. I live and was born in Texas and quite frankly I am proud of it!

Fanaticism is fanaticism and I don't care how you choose to live your life you are just as stupid as they are and you are a hypocrite and a victim. This is the problem in this country; bad journalism that is plagued with words and events that NEVER happened. This is just SICKENING!
Posted by Cee Cee on July 1, 2009 at 9:34 AM · Report this
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Re: "Reason #465 why I don't live in Texas anymore."

Don't blame the entire state for the ignorance and homophobia of one city's government. Austin, Houston and Dallas are amazing cities, and Dallas has an openly gay Sheriff. And in 2007, Dallas almost elected the first gay mayor of a major city (Tom Leppert ended up winning, but he is very gay friendly and appointed a gay Chief of Staff).

I can assure you that people in Dallas are appalled that this happened so close to home and are treating like like it happened in their own city.
Posted by lakewoodhobo on July 1, 2009 at 10:02 AM · Report this
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@16 - Your distaste for public displays of gay affection is just as narrow minded as these police officers, I don't care for seeing straight couples act in the same manner, but I deal because I know that they're socially acceptable still, and we are not.. I understand if it makes you uncomfortable since its probably something you're still not used to being around. Another man kissing another man in public isn't a crime, its not disgusting, and there's nothing wrong with it, no matter how much it bothers you. We are all human beings and should be looked at and treated respectively the same.

@56 - Really.. Let's ban Texas, absentmindedly do something like that.. wake up! This shit happens everywhere.. Not on their side obviously being a homo and a former Texas resident, I love the place, but when I see this kind of thing happen, its like it is a thousand times worse than it would be if it happened in Colorado or Alabama..

Anywho there is no discussion to be had around this issue.. the cops are lying and somebody needs to do something about it. I think its great that there is a medical fund for Chad, thats a step in the right direction, and as was also said earlier.. online discussion with stupid/ignorant comments *silent protests* aren't going to get anything done. In this day and age, with this sort of thing happening, we do need to take action more heartily because we as a society beyond this, yet little packets of ignorance and violence still live on in different areas of the country. If something like a major level protest or a large gathering in refute to this tragedy, I would make my way to TX to help and be a part of it. I'm ashamed the reputation that this is giving Texas as a state, there are still thousands of people there in the dark areas of close-mindedness, so a full on protest demonstration needs to be organized in large numbers, not a violent protest, but a big enough stand to let them know that what they've done is not right, they can't arrest everyone and I'd gladly go jail to put another foot in the door of the gay civil rights movement of this decade, if the protest ended in that direction. Most people wouldn't say the same. I will also be notifying Ft. Worth city and police officials with the provided addresses and contact information.

Final word being the police officers were in the wrong, regardless of whether they were actually groped or not. They had no right to do what they did in any situation unless he had pulled out a gun or some other form of physically offensive weaponry and threatened them. This is a good ol fashioned gay bashing and there is no other explanations around that. I will be keeping an eye on this and watching to see what develops in order of a protest or action towards getting the word out on this happening.

My heart goes out to Chad and I really hope he recovers from this to fight back for what was done to him.
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Posted by hoosiercub on July 1, 2009 at 10:06 AM · Report this
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I don't think I have been asked for an ID by a police officer ever in Seattle, and certanily not multiple times. I HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED IF I WAS INTOXICATED. That is pretty much a given for bar patrons. This is a Texas thing.
Posted by drunk in a bar? never! on July 1, 2009 at 10:10 AM · Report this
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This is what happens when you have any group of Citizens treated as less than equal. I agree that violence against us, the LGBT community, will continue to rise as those against our having full and equal rights continue to think that violence will send us back into the closet. NOT SO FUCKERS! This one ain't going away!
Posted by spirit42 on July 1, 2009 at 10:14 AM · Report this
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Discussion is under way about the establishment of a medical fund to assist Gibson. His hospital bill will undoubtedly be enormous, and it is unlikely that he will ever recover any of those medical expenses from the City of Fort Worth. Police officers and other government employees are protected by state law from liability in any legal action that arises in connection with the performance of their official duties, unless they are involved in misconduct or broke laws.

Those piece-of-shit officers HAD to have broken laws there!
Posted by jw36 on July 1, 2009 at 10:20 AM · Report this
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Maybe those officers now know what its like when any woman enters a 'regular' bar and gets gropped by men just like them (or maybe EVEN them). It was presented as tit for tat. As if touching a straight man in a gay bar is even remotely 'tatted' with physical violence. Pfff. I'd like to see how long these police officers would last in their own prisons.
Posted by chillednicely on July 1, 2009 at 10:28 AM · Report this
jasonzenobia 72
Another Good Contact is the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. They care about money and tourism.

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
777 Taylor Street
Suite 900
Fort Worth, TX 76102-4997

The President and CEO is:

Bill Thornton
817.336.2491 ext 234

I've asked them to support Councilman Joel Burns' call for an investigation into the police raid at Rainbow Lounge.

You can also send messages to all the members of the Chamber through their website:

http://www.fortworthchamber.com/chamber_…
Posted by jasonzenobia http://jasonzenobia.blogspot.com/ on July 1, 2009 at 10:33 AM · Report this
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i think a candle light vigil is in order - or perhaps a divestiture and boycott of all things Texas.


Hahaha a boycott of Texas. You better be ready to boycott life. You'd be surprised how much of almost everything about you goes through that state. You might want to prepare to disown some friends and family too while you're at it.
Posted by Gomez http://misterstevengomez.com on July 1, 2009 at 10:37 AM · Report this
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Jasonzenobia is rocking it. Thanks for your concrete suggestions. Let's hope we can make a difference.
Posted by Gurldoggie http://gurldogg.blogspot.com on July 1, 2009 at 11:01 AM · Report this
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This is such a step back in time for society in Texas - i'm saddened by this obviously because it's wrong and angered because it's just hateful - the police that are paid by gay and str8 tax dollars alike are there to serve and protect - here they did a great disservice to their employers (taxpayers) - this cant go unaddressed by the ACLU
Posted by HVILLA on July 1, 2009 at 11:06 AM · Report this
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As a Fort Worth resident, I have to stick up for the many of us that are appalled by this injustice. It truly is sad that this incident is how people will perceive the city as a whole. Contrary to popular belief, we have a great nightlife, great museums, a great art community, and a growing and vibrant progressive community. A few bad apples always spoil the bunch, but I would hope that everyone outside the city looking in will aim their dissatisfaction at those that grossly overstepped their authority and are giving all of us a bad name, and not at the city as a whole. The officers who did this hopefully will be brought to a swift justice and we can resume to being the kind of Texans that are welcoming and friendly.
Posted by fortworthian on July 1, 2009 at 11:13 AM · Report this
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Ease up on "cops". There are actually a lot of gay cops out there. and plenty of straight cops who would never do this. So don't attack this act of discrimination with more discrimination. "They're all a like" mentality is wrong no matter who you are talking about. You should be trying to get support from Police Officers to speak out against this, not badmouthing all of them. That's a backwards attempt at trying to fight for civil rights.
Posted by ryanmegan on July 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM · Report this
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I think its amazing how cops get away with so much crap in this country. Its inexplicable that nothing has been done about this. Quite frankly I think these people need to be better educated. they need to have a college degree and special training and they need to learn how to analyze and be reasonable and they need to have stricter guidelines and rules about how to handle people. They need to stop harassing people. But worst of all, people actually put up with this shit and that needs to stop!!!
Posted by KSS on July 1, 2009 at 11:42 AM · Report this
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Ease up on "cops". There are actually a lot of gay cops out there. and plenty of straight cops who would never do this. So don't attack this act of discrimination with more discrimination. "They're all a like" mentality is wrong no matter who you are talking about. You should be trying to get support from Police Officers to speak out against this, not badmouthing all of them. That's a backwards attempt at trying to fight for civil rights.
Posted by ryanmegan on July 1, 2009 at 11:43 AM · Report this
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I hate TX! Thank you for this story.
It's true that Texans are welcoming and friendly, just not entirely well-educated and they're friendly until they find out you're not like them.
Posted by RoFo on July 1, 2009 at 11:46 AM · Report this
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This is the note I just received back from Bill Thornton at the Ft. Worth Chamber of Commerce:

Gurldoggie,
I have had multiple conversations with Mayor Moncrief concerning this matter and I am convinced that he and Chief Halstead will conduct a thorough and timely investigation into what occurred at the Rainbow Lounge.
Bill

Keep up the pressure people!
Posted by Gurldoggie http://gurldogg.blogspot.com on July 1, 2009 at 11:49 AM · Report this
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Am appalled by this conduct.
As for whether to charge/arrest--when it concerns someone hospitalized, standard procedure is to wait to charge/arrest as any action of this kind taken while patient is in hospital means the agency which has custody (the police, in this case) incur the hospital bill charges. So it is rarely the case that any agency anywhere charges/arrests while the patient is still in the hospital, unfortunately. If charges were to be brought (ridiculous as they are in this case), they would not be brought until after patient discharged, in all likelihood.
Posted by W on July 1, 2009 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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Although it's much stated to "not mess with texas" i think that the police chief is probably a fat fucking ignorant southern bastard who needs his dick cut off, along with his "posse" of iligitimate "officers", if you will. I have lived in Texas for a number of years, and never have encountered anything nearly as ridiculous as this. These officers should know better, considering FW is basically part of Dallas, which has a very large gay population. I urge all GLBT folk to revolt against the pitiful action taken.
Posted by Jus9or10@gmail.com on July 1, 2009 at 1:03 PM · Report this
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Dan said "Gay men all over the country are going to have to speak up and defend the patrons of the Rainbow Lounge". This is incomplete: ALL people, gay straight male female, need to demand justice after this fascist police riot.
Posted by james harrigan on July 1, 2009 at 1:09 PM · Report this
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Really Mr Yuk @16 ? I'm a gay man and never acted like that and none of my gay friends neither ... and if you think were looking at you it's because your looking at us ... and looking at you dosen't mean we want you ...
Posted by Canadian fag on July 1, 2009 at 1:13 PM · Report this
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The DOJ should investigate the FWPD for violation of the patrons civil rights and sue their dumbasses for all they are worth.
Posted by DC Bill on July 1, 2009 at 1:16 PM · Report this
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This is a hate crime perpretrated by law enforcement.
Posted by Todd on July 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM · Report this
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Jeff Halstead needs to either start working for justice and public safety or he needs to resign. Simple as that. Right now he has no credibility, because no one believes what he said about the raid on the Rainbow Lounge.
Posted by Hephaestion on July 1, 2009 at 1:55 PM · Report this
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The officers involved in the attack on the Rainbow Lounge should be charged with Assault with Deadly Intent and with committing a hate crime. If Gibson dies, every officer involved should be charged with first degree murder.

We are still a nation of laws, and the terrorists in the Fort Worth police department should be treated as such.
Posted by coyote on July 1, 2009 at 2:02 PM · Report this
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Until justice is done, I wouldnt feel safe in a town like this, with these kind of badge wielding officers on the public payroll who have an anti-public minded agenda led by a police chief who would make public statements before his own investigation was complete. They give fellow police officers a bad name, they give the town of Fort Worth and the state of Texas a bad name.

This is Texas. Driving thru the state several times and talking to friends living there (and even more who have LEFT Texas after living there), much of the state has NO gay bars and no tolerance for gays...I guess FW PD was showing restraint, this is Texas, usually they would just shoot 'em.

Hate is ugly, especially when its wearing a badge. I guess just that much faster I'll drive on my next trip thru Texas.

Posted by Russ in Arizona on July 1, 2009 at 2:11 PM · Report this
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I KNOW this was wrong and disgusting and absolutely unacceptable behavior by several Ft.W police officers and sheer stupidity by the police chief who should lose his job for failing to manage and control the officers under his command -- BUT -- it's equally unfair to lump the entire state of Texas and texans into that one category. I have several gay and lesbian friends who I love dearly as do many of my other straight friends. We abhore the action of these Ft.W officers & chief but don't appreciate being lumped into the garbage with them. We as fellow Texans are sending emails and snail mails to the city hall and police hq right along with you. Not all of Texas is bad, and not all law enforcement is bad -- those that are should be dealt with severely because they're making the rest of us look like morons.
Posted by just me in Texas on July 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM · Report this
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I know we're not supposed to be in favor of prison rape, but I really hope the officers who assaulted this man are arrested, tried, convicted and then sent off to a big ol' fudge packing penitentiary.
Posted by Gus on July 1, 2009 at 2:28 PM · Report this
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Well Brothers and Sisters... I hate to be the bearer of bad news... but very little has changed in the past 40 years.

We are considered a "unfortunate inconvenience" by Straight America... one that just need be "tolerated" in the open, while being beaten and scarred behind closed doors.

One that only deserves a half-assed civil commitment ceremony instead of what every other citizen of this country is entitled to... equal protection...

These morally perverted idiots who would use the old "he touched me" defense after beating someone so viciously are clearly looking for an excuse... which we cannot let them have.

We have to stand up to this in whatever way we can...by calling our representatives, supporting the abused, and marching on DC if we have to, to end this treatment as second class citizens.

We talk about how enlightened we are as a country, and how much better we are than Russia, or Iran or pick a country... we are the best you know... just ask anyone who's not a minority...if that is the case, why are we burying so many of our brothers and sisters every year?

Unfortunately it takes an incident like this, to rally us... but we need to continue the fight to make sure that this is not acceptable behavior...least of all by the people empowered to "Protect Us"?

I have 20 years service in Law Enforcement with NYS, and I can tell you today that these people are an embarrassment to not only themselves, but to everyone who wears the uniform.

I am sending a copy of this to all in my account, and encourage the rest who have read it to please do the same... we cannot let this happen without retribution and change...

Posted by buz12180 on July 1, 2009 at 2:30 PM · Report this
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Thanks for posting. I sent an email to the FWPD and Joel. They have to understand the world will be watching.
Posted by PDXBOXER on July 1, 2009 at 2:40 PM · Report this
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I have a feeling when we see pictures of the cops that assaulted this 26 year old, we'll be scratching our heads.

There is no way some older overweight cop would be attractive to a single, fit attractive 26 year old.
Posted by Chrissypoo on July 1, 2009 at 2:56 PM · Report this
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@89 - Every officer who was there should be charged with first degree murder?? Have you ever read the fucking definition of first degree murder?

This is the most ridiculous hate-spewing comment log I've come across. Hate for Texas, hate for Police Officers, and hate of "the South".

I gaurantee all of this hatred that you harbor for those that "hate against you" does nothing but erode the rights you're intending to advance.

Here's a novel idea, if you want "people" (in the most general of terms) to accept you, how about you show a little tolerance isntead of screaming about ripping dicks off and fucking ignorant rednecks.
Posted by Ignorant fucking redneck Texan who likes gays less every day on July 1, 2009 at 3:12 PM · Report this
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You are right, but wasting your time.
Slog is all about hate and prejudice and bigotry.
24/7
Posted by It is OK to hate those who disagree with us! on July 1, 2009 at 3:19 PM · Report this
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The people who were involved at the bar that night need to get together and get a lawyer and do something legal against the police department or something. With all the witnesses and photos taken something could be done.
Posted by Lance Todd on July 1, 2009 at 3:49 PM · Report this
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This is all out shitty and DAN SAVAGE IS ON THE MOVE TO LET YOU ALL KNOW IT. HEY DAN, This good and this is what you are good for....how about we publicly discuss some major issues concerning QUEERS AND VIOLENCE and how we should execute our right to be decent folk and look after our brothers and sisters...Yes, Let's talk about the rights and wrongs of our society as a whole and how we are making it a better place and letting THOSE PEOPLE know that we are not gonna take thing lying down. HEY DAN, WHAT WOULD MARTIN LUTHER KING DO? OR IS THAT QUEEN in OUR CASE

LET ME KNOW, still waiting for us to publicly discuss important QUEER MATTERS AT HAND.

That's devo.lang@gmail.com

THANKS FOR LETTING THE PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT, FROM NOBODY!

The SEATTLE STRANGER puts high regard on the way MARTIN LUTHER KING felt that day of his death, oh wait, the day he was killed, oh, wait the day he was murdered, oh wait the day his face was blown half off, YES! The Seattle Stranger is the only paper who knows that MARTIN LUTHER KING not only wanted to be banged on a the balcony, but he liked it!
Yes, the Seattle Stranger has even coined a clever acronym in his honorable balcony event. You want to know what that is, I will tell you, it's even marketed to the homosexual community of "bottoms." Well, MLQ by definition of THE SEATTLE STRANGER, Page 9, Vol 18, June 25-July 1, 2009, specifically, "KWEER KWIZ KORNER,"
'MARTIN LUTHER QUEEN, slang for a gay bottom who gets banged on a hotel balcony." OOPS my bad...it doesn't express if any one liked getting banged on the balcony...well..oh well....we can assume, right? My question is why is the MLQ a bottom? Oh and another thing we all think some fucked up shit, and there is that freedom of speech thing...so...my fight and disgust is with the EDITORS OF THE SEATTLE STRANGER. "WHAT IF A QUEER PERSON OF COLOR WROTE THE CLEVER ACRONYM?" NOPE, still wrong. It's not a RACE issue. It's FLAT OUT WRONG. IF this was written in any PAPER other than SEATTLE ONLY PAPER, THE STRANGER, DAN SAVAGE ( I love name dropping) would have been on ANDERSON COOPER in a heartbeat....or some megaphone burning and boycotting at some local night spot on the 'HILL. There would have been a big ad in THE SEATTLE STRANGER to come together and show support in OUR COLLECTIVE EFFORTS TO FIGHT STUPIDITY...

ENOUGH! EDITORS RESIGN! GO to California regroup! and stop being stupid! You know better! Put you cleverness to good work, and speaking of work, work out your demons and get back to being fucking progressive. WE DID NOT COME THIS FAR JUST TO BE BETTER OFF WHERE WE WERE.

I tell you, there are people who don't want the queer lifestyle to exist, who wouldn't dare write that fucking acronym. It's bad enough to be and live who we are, without having continued bullshit postings that fence such insults. MLQ, really!? You could have taken a heroic route! WHAT THE FUCK SEATTLE STRANGER?
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Posted by De Vona Lang on July 1, 2009 at 4:15 PM · Report this
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Here's the letter I sent to all email addresses provided.
To The City Council, Mayor Moncrief, and Forth Worth Police;

I am appalled to learn of the actions of the Forth Worth Police department and their aggressive raid of the Rainbow Lounge.
What happened to philosophy of to Serve and Protect? I'm guessing you operate as a police 'force' not as public service.

It's disheartening to learn your police Chief, Jeff Halstead is blowing off the aggressive actions of his officers acting like Chad Gibson deserves the traumatic brain injuries he's surviving. Mayor Moncrief, why are you allowing the officers and the chief to continue to serve after this violent action? They should be removed from duty immediately and an outside organization should conduct an investigation in to this police brutality.

Halstead saying, "I'm happy with the restrained used...." is saying I'm happy this guy has a brain clot and could die. He'll never recover from the medical bills he'll sustain from the police departments brutality and still may die from his injuries if the blood clot does not dissolve.

Mayor Moncrief and the City Council must take action and stop this from ever happening again and these officers should lose their jobs.

Seeking justice and equality.

Scott Roewer
Washington, DC
Posted by scottinWDC on July 1, 2009 at 4:20 PM · Report this
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@3 I'll help too. I love tweeting, and if it's for a cause, so much the better.
Posted by scatmanfan on July 1, 2009 at 4:31 PM · Report this
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"...Gay men all over the country are going to have to speak up and defend the patrons of the Rainbow Lounge...."

wtf, dan? if you don't want us straight guys, as well as straight and gay women to voice our outrage as well, good luck going it alone. but i'm pissed.
Posted by apeshit on July 1, 2009 at 4:40 PM · Report this
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there is a candlelight vigil tonight at 8:30pm at the rainbow lounge in ft worth at 651 s jennings. please attend if you can.

there will also be another protest in downtown ft worth on july 12th at 7pm at the tarrant county court house at 100 weatherford. it's at main and weatherford.
Posted by nimbusthegreat on July 1, 2009 at 4:50 PM · Report this
edmontongreg 104
Unfortunately we still have to win battles, even in 2009. Who would have thought a Chief would defend a hate crime. Gay men may fantasize about a Policeman, but I am sure most of them are sane enough not to grope one. To find a whole bar full of ballsy guys groping cops is beyond any kind of probability. Unless the cops offered it up.......which I can't see happening.

Chief, I'd be checking out PD's in small town Kansas looking to hire. You are toast in a city.
Posted by edmontongreg http://edmontongreg.wordpress.com on July 1, 2009 at 4:57 PM · Report this
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DAN, A REASONABLE SUGGESTION HERE! LGBT COMMUNITY SHOULD DEMAND THE FBI INVESTIGATE THE FORT WORTH POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. THE POLICE OTHERWISE WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY GET OFF THE HOOK IN FRONT OF A JURY THERE IF IT EVER MAKES IT THAT FAR. AND WITH A POLICE CHIEF MAKING COMMENTS LIKE THAT HOW CAN WE EXPECT A FAIR INVESTIGATION OTHERWISE. FBI INVESTIGATION NOW!!!
Posted by afig on July 1, 2009 at 5:22 PM · Report this
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what was the alleged crime they were looking to arrest people for?

Being Drunk in a bar? That's a crime? Like, if you're above a .08BAC? That's so weird
Posted by NattyB on July 1, 2009 at 5:36 PM · Report this
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Texas sucks and if people still live there at this point I assume its because they like sucking. I grew up in a conservative logging town in the Northwest. The people there were ignorant rednecks. I moved to someplace where people weren't ignorant rednecks. Its really that simple. Places like Texas are shithead magnets and the only way you can deal with it is by LEAVING. Part of what brought down the iron curtain was the brain drain of freedom loving people. Texas needs a brain drain of smart liberal people. Those people make a disproportionate economic contribution and cultural contribution. You are not running, you are denying the ignorant the benefits of your talents. In the meantime you need to look at the database of the sheriffs political contributors. Any business owner should be the subject of a boycott of their products. The Christian right has used this tool for years with much success.
Posted by uberlefty on July 1, 2009 at 5:40 PM · Report this
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Dan, though I am no fan of Israel's little Racist-Aparthied-State-By-The-Sea, the LGBT community might do well to thoughtfully consider their tactics.

If the next police raid on a gay bar in Dallas (or anywhere else) was met with tasers and truncheons, and after the battle, the only people left suffering from brain injuries were policemen, I wonder what message police around the country would take away?
Posted by ibankerbob on July 1, 2009 at 5:54 PM · Report this
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does anyone know what steps an ordinary citizen like myself might be able to take to file a formal, legal Civil Rights complaint with the Department of Justice?

let's face it, unless and until this is investigated for what it is, it will be swept under the carpet. again and again.

current residents of Dallas & Ft. Worth (and Texas, for that matter) - time to pony up... either organize your local populace to make the FWPD and the Chief accountable - or sit quietly and stop defending your cities.

you can't have it both ways.
Posted by rickster on July 1, 2009 at 5:54 PM · Report this
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btw - here's some background on Mr. Halstead:
http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2008/oct…
Posted by rickster on July 1, 2009 at 5:57 PM · Report this
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I wrote this letter to the chief of police, and cc all the council members and the mayor:

REALLY, THIS IS HAPPENING IN 2009?

Is the police department in fort worth that WORTHLESS?

Attempted murder by a police department? You should be ashamed of yourself's.

I hope that Chad Gibson and his family sue the pants off your whole police department, Hey chief Jeff Halstead, maybe you should start practicing your lines for your next job..."would you like fries with your order", that's your future,
this will not just go away like you causally dismissed the misconduct or your police officers, and as they saw, the man at the top will take the fall....it's a long way down to the mcdonald's counter.......B. Storch
Posted by Barry Storch on July 1, 2009 at 6:44 PM · Report this
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Texass is such a sad, pathetic state filled with some despicable people. I hate traveling there for business and hope I never have to stay in Fort Worth.
Posted by ChasDMan on July 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM · Report this
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A list of companies headquartered in Dallas/Fort Worth. In case you want to spend your recession monies elsewhere.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_com…
Posted by J@K3inS3@ on July 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM · Report this
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Jesus... I visited the Dallas/Fort Worth area about a year ago and hated it and not because of any of the stupid/fat/white/racist stereotypes of Southern people either (most of which turned out to be true...). The area was so dismal and just FULL of shitty chain stores and restaurants. So my heart truly goes out to anyone GLBT down there to begin with.

This article is spot on as always Mr. Savage. You are just as angry as you should be. We should all be pissed-the-fuck-off. This homophobia so fucking blatant. The police chief hasn't even tried to deny that his officers beat up Mr. Gibson because he was gay.
Posted by Jillian McLeod-Tardiff on July 1, 2009 at 7:17 PM · Report this
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I'm in St. Louis and just heard about this. At first I thought it must be a hoax: no one could be so STUPIDLY INSENSITIVE to conduct a 'investigation' on the aniversary of Stonwall? Just after our own Pride Weekend celebration where our city's Mayor rode in the parade!

One response that initially came to mind is to quickly organize a protest march in FT. Worth(less )...but let's remember, it's TX...steers and what? LOL A more measured response is in order, but let's make it as massive as we can!

Email this article to everyone you know and ask them to email or call the numbers provided! Let's make it happen...we have the power and we have the will to do it!
Posted by sam7aim http://www.recon.com/Intopain on July 1, 2009 at 7:39 PM · Report this
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Here's my letter to the mayor and council members who have not commented yet:

Dear Mayor and Councilmembers,

I have been following the news stories about Chad Gibson and the raid your police department made on a local gay bar. While not being an eyewitness myself, the accounts I have read all seem to point towards the same conclusion: your police officers acted with excessive force, and without cause. Now a young man's life is in danger, and he will certainly be saddled with enormous medical bills if he lives. I am confused as to why the entire council did not come forward with one voice to call for an investigation into this incident. I am confused as to why the mayor has been silent thus far. I am outraged that your police chief is defending his officers' actions by resorting to what is essentially a Gay Panic defense. I mean to donate time and money to the legal associations that will step up to represent this man in his civil action against the city - or perhaps his family's wrongful death suit against the city, God forbid. I look forward to reading your public statements regarding this crime.

Regards,

Posted by MrsK on July 1, 2009 at 8:47 PM · Report this
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#110, your link didn't work
Posted by Looking In on July 1, 2009 at 9:25 PM · Report this
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http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2008/oct…

hope that works.
Posted by link on Jeff Halstead on July 1, 2009 at 9:44 PM · Report this
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http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2008/

oct/28/jeff-halstead-selected-serve-new-fort-worth-police/

put them together to see the link.
Posted by info on Jeff Halstead on July 1, 2009 at 9:45 PM · Report this
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Even if the cops' story were true ("He fell when cuffed"), it would still leave them open for both civil and criminal charges. Once an individual is in custody, there is even more responsibility on the part of law enforcement to protect the the arrested. Of course, what's apparently occurred here is the cops came up with a whopper to cover their butts. This belies how little they really understand the concept of "to protect and to serve"
Posted by KC in PDX on July 1, 2009 at 9:59 PM · Report this
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Excuse me - I think I'm just going to take this moment to sit here and laugh at the sheer *irony* of all you people out there crowing about how stupid/backwards/fat/white/racist Texans are, all the while talking about how horrible it is to lump a group of people beneath one category and dehumanize them.

Hypocrisy, thy name is human nature.

Seriously, to those of you trashing my state because of something some jerkass cop did, fuck you too.

To those of you more interested in advocacy and helping the victims of a hate crime than bashing Texans for having the temerity to do something so awful as live in Texas, first of all, thank you from a native of Fort Worth.

Second: Please email the Fort Worth mayor, the council members, and the local news stations so we can all get the word out. Any help would be appreciated - this needs coverage and public exposure. The police have got to know that they aren't going to be able to keep this quiet, at the very least.
Posted by RHines on July 1, 2009 at 10:16 PM · Report this
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In the UK, every action taken against someone, even in self defence, has to be justifiable and in proportion.

Quite obviously, someone allegedly touching a police officer would not justify such a grossly disproportionate response.

These officers, including the people at the top that are trying to make their actions justifiable, deserve to lose their jobs and must be held accountable for their actions, just as anyone else would be.
Posted by Darren on July 1, 2009 at 10:26 PM · Report this
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hopefully people will boycott Texas and Fort Worth in particular and hopefully these buffoons will be fired-don't hold your breath though, because even South Africa,Israel and many other developing countries are miles ahead of the U.S.aand Texas in particular in human rights-i for one will never spend a cent on anything from this state.put your financial muscle to work and watch how these weakling politicans crumble
Posted by pookie drysdale on July 1, 2009 at 10:33 PM · Report this
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The All-Texans-Are-Ignorant-Rednecks thing has got to go. I can't support a protest that just flings ignorance and bigotry--in this case, your 'translation' of the chief's comments--as a de facto method of discourse.
Posted by Marzipan on July 1, 2009 at 10:40 PM · Report this
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I do not have words to express my anger and sadness over this......PLEASE PLEASE for everyone who loves Equality & Justice DO NOT LET this fade away......PRESS CHARGES TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW...........I DO NOT LIVE IN TEXAS (AND THIS COULD ONE OF THE REASON'S WHY), so I can not do anything except voice my opinion... no state rep. will do anything for anyone who is not a resident........but if you are........then DO!
Posted by blowmi on July 1, 2009 at 10:41 PM · Report this
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This is despicable and in no way represents Texas. All you Texas bashers, keep in mind that this was indicative of human behavior, not Texan behavior. This kind of violence, hatred and simple mindedness occurs everywhere, not just Texas.

If you honestly feel other areas are more evolved than Texas (i.e. South Africa in comment 124) then you have no idea what is really going on in the world.

Don't be so quick to judge others simply for living in a certain area of the world as you don't want people to judge you just as quickly on such loose criteria.

Don't ever get too comfortable or stop fighting for your rights.
Posted by TexasIsNotHell on July 1, 2009 at 11:08 PM · Report this
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@126: I completely agree. I'm a gay man who lives in South Africa's gay capital (Cape Town), and our constitution was famously the first to entrench sexual orientation as part of our basic human rights, so everything should be really easy for all the queers who live here, but things are never that simple. You have as many rights as you insist on, which is why giving Obama a hard time about keeping his promises is as important as protesting when jerkwads like this sheriff go around playing morality police. That said, Texas is a really big place, and it certainly doesn't seem that everyone in Fort Worth is an uneducated, gay-phobic asshat.
Posted by YTAH http://ytah.wordpress.com/ on July 1, 2009 at 11:36 PM · Report this
Sad To Live in the DFW G. 128
Sec. 49.02. PUBLIC INTOXICATION.
(a) A person commits an offense if the person appears in a public place while intoxicated to the degree that the person may endanger the person or another.
(a-1) For the purposes of this section, a premises licensed or permitted under the Alcoholic Beverage Code is a public place.

Does it appear this law is obscure?

All the first hand accounts of that night at the Rainbow Lounge indicate that the standards for definition of sec.49.02 PI - where ineffective to result in arrest.
Everyone denied that there was any indication that anyone arrested was intoxicated to the point of endangerment of he/she or others.

I guess they (fwpd-tabc) contend that if due to your intoxicated levels you cant defend yourself or others from assault by thugs with a tin badge -then you must then be guilty of endangering yourself.

Why were these people arrested? Does this law require any blood alcohol levels to be determined? Or is this just a way to give the cops an out -when an effeminate walk appears to be a stumbling drunk? WTF?! they approached us with a sexual swagger…..
What a defense - “he was walking gay“.
What do you think people? Has anyone on here ever had a PI arrest? What was the outcome?

Thanks for you input. Peace!! G.

Obama signs Pride Month Proclamation

President Barack Obama has signed off on
a proclamation establishing June as Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month
2009.
The proclamation is as follows:
Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of
the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police
harassment that had become all too common
for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender (LGBT) community. Out of
this resistance, the LGBT rights movement in
America was born. During LGBT Pride Month,
we commemorate the events of June 1969 and
commit to achieving equal justice under law
for LGBT Americans.
LGBT Americans have made, and continue
to make, great and lasting contributions that
continue to strengthen the fabric of American
society. There are many well-respected LGBT
leaders in all professional fields, including the
arts and business communities. LGBT Americans
also mobilized the Nation to respond to
the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic and have
played a vital role in broadening this country’s
response to the HIV pandemic.
Due in no small part to the determination
and dedication of the LGBT rights movement,
more LGBT Americans are living their lives
openly today than ever before. I am proud to
be the first President to appoint openly LGBT
candidates to Senate-confirmed positions in
the first 100 days of an Administration. These
individuals embody the best qualities we seek
in public servants, and across my Administration—
in both the White House and the Federal
agencies—openly LGBT employees are doing
their jobs with distinction and professionalism.
The LGBT rights movement has achieved great
progress, but there is more work to be done.
LGBT youth should feel safe to learn without
the fear of harassment, and LGBT families and
seniors should be allowed to live their lives
with dignity and respect.
My Administration has partnered with the
LGBT community to advance a wide range of
initiatives. At the international level, I have
joined efforts at the United Nations to decriminalize
homosexuality around the world. Here
at home, I continue to support measures to
bring the full spectrum of equal rights to LGBT
Americans. These measures include enhancing
hate crimes laws, supporting civil unions
and Federal rights for LGBT couples, outlawing
discrimination in the workplace, ensuring
adoption rights, and ending the existing “Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in a way that strengthens
our Armed Forces and our national security.
We must also commit ourselves to fighting
the HIV/AIDS epidemic by both reducing the
number of HIV infections and providing care
and support services to people living with HIV/
AIDS across the United States.
These issues affect not only the LGBT community,
but also our entire Nation. As long as
the promise of equality for all remains unfulfilled,
all Americans are affected. If we can
work together to advance the principles upon
which our Nation was founded, every American
will benefit. During LGBT Pride Month, I call
upon the LGBT community, the Congress, and
the American people to work together to promote
equal rights for all, regardless of sexual
orientation or gender identity.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President
of the United States of America, by virtue
of the authority vested in me by the Constitution
and laws of the United States, do hereby
proclaim June 2009 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
and Transgender Pride Month. I call upon the
people of the United States to turn back discrimination
and prejudice everywhere it exists.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set
my hand this first day of June, in the year of
our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence
of the United States of America the
two hundred and thirty-third.
More...
Posted by Sad To Live in the DFW G. on July 2, 2009 at 1:03 AM · Report this
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Sorry for being naive but...raids on a gay bar?? This sh*t really still happens?? In 2009 in the USA the police have nothing better to do than raid a gay bar? Come on..you've got to be kidding me. Do they also raid "straight" bars to look for drunks? These are the people hired to protect our laws and our citzens?

I find it very hard to believe this poor kid was stupid enough (or drunk enough) to grope a uniformed police officer. But even if he did, the response was totally excessive and unjustified.

These cops should be suspended from duty and charged with assualt. The police chief should be fired for allowing this on his watch and then trying to cover it up by blaming the victim. Disgusting.

The city of Fort Worth should pay his medical bills and if they don't he should sue the hell out of them.
Posted by mike67 on July 2, 2009 at 3:08 AM · Report this
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HOMOPHOBIA IS INSECURITY ABOUT ONES OWN SEXUALALITY!
wearing a badge is not a license to harass, brutally injure and kill. That badge isn't going to protect you from your actions and the consequences you deserve.Those police officers are sorry excuse for Men let alone cops. And obviously have insecurities.
Posted by lidildevil on July 2, 2009 at 3:51 AM · Report this
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Oh My Goodness,
I cannot believe this, I don't know why it has come as a surprise???!!!
I am angry. We need to get serious about this BULLSHIT. If it means killing some rednecks and a few of us going to prison, then so be it. These pigs need to die!!!
I hope this poor boy in hospital pulls through.
Let me say this I will one day kill a homophobic pig before I die, maybe more than One. Yay!!!
Posted by buttons on July 2, 2009 at 4:05 AM · Report this
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Years ago we had an anti gay mayor in my city and we also dealt with raids in the bars.

You know what we did.....we revolted by: picketing city hall, the police station and civil charges were filed against the police officers, Mayor and police chief in Federal court. The city & the officers were so embroiled in lawsuits that the officers were fired and two quit and moved out of town. We picketed their homes and we had pro gay lawyers check out every arrest that they did....that made the DA very busy.

Fort Worth needs to use the legal system to their advantage. Get some LGBT lawyers or friends to start class action lawsuits against everyone. That is the best way to get immediate action.
Posted by wnyguy on July 2, 2009 at 5:57 AM · Report this
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I think it's about time that the GLBT community start treating breeders like they do us. Don't let them into our establishments, our neighborhoods and deny them the services that they rely on from us.
Posted by axelrod on July 2, 2009 at 6:29 AM · Report this
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To have gone in on that specific date of all dates. This was not some random search for drunk and underage drinkers. The one who authorized it initially and all the police envolved should be put up on charges and dismissed immediately.

From the picture of the front of the bar, it looks like a simple quiet neighborhood bar. From the description of the cops, however, you could have sworn they walked into a bath house.

Posted by Scooby_TX on July 2, 2009 at 7:00 AM · Report this
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Wow @ 131 - Way to advance the GLBT cause. It's people like you that justify the homophobe's fear. The ftw pd needs to be dealt with harshly but you my friend (NOT) need to be imprisoned right along with them. Humanity is better than people like them, and you are no better. You may wear a different hat, but you're a worthless wasted piece of flesh all the same.
Posted by just me in texas on July 2, 2009 at 7:59 AM · Report this
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I live in Minnesota, probably the furthest you could get from TX without going to Canada. But if I lived anywhere close I would organize a riot. Enough of this gentle protesting, enough of contacting your local blah-blah-blah... get out in the streets and rip shit up. I am ALL for peaceful progress but that doesn't make the news. Americans, especially gay Americans have become so damn apathetic and comfortable with where we are and are letting crap like this go unsettled and forgotten. Blow up the police station, buy guns and shoot the men who did. Instead of quietly stewing in your anger, be the one to risk the rest of your life making a stand by doing something major that would last longer. I may sound like an anarchist, which I'm not. But I am sick to death of this shit happening... and I'm even more sick to death seeing this many comments to articles and nobody doing ANYTHING about it aside emailing a few people and complaining quietly.
Posted by xerosere on July 2, 2009 at 8:12 AM · Report this
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this is a outrage all of them should be under the jail, Gideon, and Jere,from gulfport,FL
Posted by gideon71 on July 2, 2009 at 8:52 AM · Report this
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Hey Dan, I'm a long-time fan of your podcast and felt compelled to write in. My name is Todd Camp and I was quoted in your excerpt. I also created and moderate the Facebook page "Rainbow Lounge Raid" which began that night and now has more than 5,500 members. I'd love to talk more with you about the events that night as I'm getting increasingly concerned about the tone of the discussion surrounding these events. I'm very concerned about people painting Texas and, in particular, Fort Worth with a wide brush of homophobia. For the past 11 years, I've served as Artistic Director for Q Cinema, the Fort Worth gay & lesbian film festival, and as a long-time resident, I know that this town is a great place to live and a wonderful place to visit. As a commmunity, we've had a great relationship with the police and TABC in the past which is what makes this event all the more shocking. I have in awe at how our little Facebook page has turned to the attention of the entire world on this event (we here it was even mentioned to Obama during his gay honcho powwow) and we appreciate everyone's anger and desire to see this matter resolved. I only ask that any talk of boycotts or attacks on Texas or the South be avoided at all costs. A boycott will only hurt those of us who've fought so hard to build a community here. I'd be happy to talk more about this if you like. You can reach me at todd@qcinema.org. We've also set up a fund for Chad with information on our Facebook page. Search for "Rainbow Lounge Raid". Thank you so much for adding your voice to this discussion.
Posted by tcamp on July 2, 2009 at 9:06 AM · Report this
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And these officers have the audacity to call themselves "men". More like pathetic, fearful, misinformed, ignorant wastes of space and air. Kharma can be a real b*tch and I hope every one of these badge-holding morons get to spend some real time in jail, getting their arses kicked on a daily basis. After all, fair is fair.
Posted by Nef - Albany, NY on July 2, 2009 at 9:23 AM · Report this
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Hah that's funny... It's Like reading stories about a white cop arresting a black suspect... Everybody get way to sensitive over the whole thing... And in the end it always ends up being the cops fault and police officers get a bad rap for the whole ordeal... I also find it funny that they are emphasizing the fact that it happened in Texas when stuff like this probably happens all over the country... The media just thinks they cam get more publicity out of the story for it being from Texas. Come more newsworthy things to talk about other than a stupid barfight
Posted by IDC on July 2, 2009 at 9:36 AM · Report this
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I'm originally from Ft Worth and I'm appalled (but honestly not surprised). This is "Where the West Begins" and going to the Fat Stock Show & Rodeo is a school holiday.

But Dan, four times you referred to my hometown as "Forth" Worth. Even in times of anger, we should not forget that the Mr. Spellcheck can lead us astray.
Posted by Kong on July 2, 2009 at 9:39 AM · Report this
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Todd @ 138,

Thank you for sharing.
Posted by kim in portland http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/11/fast-paced_video_provides_a_fu.html on July 2, 2009 at 9:57 AM · Report this
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You know it is people like the Ft Worth Texas Police Department that there will never be any peace on this earth. It is to bad that we are in 2009 and some people cant get over themselves and grow up. This world will never change and that is to bad.
Posted by lizard on July 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM · Report this
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great. so the next time a man touches me (a woman) inappropriately in a bar, i'm just going to go ahead and injure his brain. i'm sorry, but straight men do NOT get to use the unwelcome-sexual-advances defense in any way, shape, or form.
Posted by Shannon Murphy on July 2, 2009 at 10:08 AM · Report this
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This reeks of police misconduct, but man is that ever a misleading headline. Countering gay stereotypes with Texas and cop stereotypes isn't the way to facilitate progress for GLBT in this country. Way to take the moral high road there, Dan.
Posted by Phoenix on July 2, 2009 at 10:41 AM · Report this
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I live about 20 minutes from Ft. Worth and go there alot to listen to music. I personally never would have believed the police there would go after someone for being gay. After reading this story and hearing it on the news it makes me sick to think this is the way our police department is ran. Actually this is probably the way it goes with every department only it doesn't make headline news. We gotta get out there and speak up people. The police are slowly taking away every right we have and getting away with it. They can kill people, taze people, injure people and it's considered them only doing their jobs..bullshit.. We are eventually going to be controlled by these idiots there going to be able to do any and everything to us for no legal reason just because they can get away with it. My heart goes out to this man who was beaten for no reason other than the fact that he was gay. I will keep you in my prayers man.. I hope to God you come out of this and get to tell the world your side.. I also hope these gay bashing retard "officers" get what is coming to them.. it will come back to them one way or another.
Posted by kutiekris420 on July 2, 2009 at 11:57 AM · Report this
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"People" like PEREZ HILTON should be beat to a pulp and set on fire IMO
Posted by Mario Lavativa on July 2, 2009 at 12:00 PM · Report this
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I'm with Ms Murphy on this one, if I (as a woman) freaked out every time I was inappropriately groped or hit on in a club nothing would ever get done...this is ridiculous, let me spell it out one last time for all you straight men out there...getting hit on is a compliment, not a threat to your masculinity and last time I checked No means No whatever the gender of the unwelcome advance.
Posted by Annika C on July 2, 2009 at 12:01 PM · Report this
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you go officers!!!!we dont need their kind in our country!
Posted by anonymous87 on July 2, 2009 at 12:03 PM · Report this
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This is beyond sad...why can't people just give it up already? Being so hateful and ignorant has never worked for anyone.
Posted by Sarah.lennox on July 2, 2009 at 12:12 PM · Report this
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Bad article. If the facts are on your side, then stick to the facts. The headline: 'Fort Worth Police Chief: That Faggot Had It Coming' clearly makes it out as if the FW police chief actually said that. Then you read the article and find that that isn't the case, and immediately the author's credibility is questioned. While not actually a lie, it is deceiving. I wrote off the rest of the article.
Posted by Joe5678 on July 2, 2009 at 12:16 PM · Report this
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I grew up and live in Fort Worth... and I am appauled by the police department's actions. NOT ALL TEXANS are ignorant assholes. Most everyone I know believes gay marriage is OKAY. We are not podunk idiots with no college education. Contrary to what most of you believe. I think it's so ironic how everyone of you preaches equality and understanding, when you catagorize every Texan as piece of shit. Lets keep in mind the typical type of person who wants to become a police officers. Lets try to be more understanding.
Posted by nikkilove on July 2, 2009 at 12:18 PM · Report this
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Who cares if another deviant dies? We are better off without them. I am so sick of gay men!!! Dude, how can you not be attracted to a women. I think all gay men should be put on an island until they all die off-- it's not like they can reproduce.
Posted by Gay Hater on July 2, 2009 at 12:25 PM · Report this
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Similar awful stuff happening in San Diego:
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/…
Posted by OnlineGirrrl on July 2, 2009 at 12:27 PM · Report this
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I am a bartender in Texas- though not the DFW area... a more close minded area- SETX. I have worked many times when TABC has come to my bar and they NEVER "raid". There has to be suspicion of drug trafficking or something for them to "raid" an establishment.
This behavior by the DFW area officers is appalling. Not everyone in Texas behaves this way, thankfully, and something should be done about the ones that do.
I have no doubt that these officers stepped out of line, judging by the photos I have seen online. I have also never seen more than 2 TABC officers at once, because there is simply not a need- even in the largest clubs.

It is a big shame that more media stations are not picking up on this, and I will be doing my part by forwarding it to all local media outlets.

My heart goes out to those injured, as well as their partners and families.

Posted by SETXBartender on July 2, 2009 at 12:29 PM · Report this
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I just sent an email to the Mayor and the councilman asking them to investigate these officers for a hate crime and prosecute accordingly.
Everyone please start emailing them and keep up what you are doing.
It was the textbook definition of a hate crime.
Posted by Aaron on July 2, 2009 at 12:30 PM · Report this
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This does not surprise me. It saddens and sickens me. But I remember the case of that white Houston man who fatally shot these Latin men coming out of his neighbors house stealing stuff. He was not even defending his own house. He killed those men and he was acquitted! I wonder if the races had been reversed would they have been acquitted? Not likely.
Posted by rhps2000 on July 2, 2009 at 12:31 PM · Report this
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I hope this circulates not only America, but the world. I am an American living in the United Kingdom and am saddened to hear of this. It is already consensus amongst my UK friends that Texas is not a safe place to visit due to the overwhelming hatred felt coming from there. I've always defended it, saying that while that may be true in some cases, there are pockets of hatred around the globe. How can I continue to defend if these things keep happening? I sincerely hope justice will be served in this case to set an example that hatred will not be tolerated by anyone, and no person is above the law. That may be a very idealist viewpoint, but I think if people took a harder stance on hate crimes comitted by those sworn to protect then some public may follow. Not all, of course, but how can the citizens be expected to uphold certain laws if the law enforcement officials refuse to?
Posted by moossassin on July 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM · Report this
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Ok, I love Dan Savage! I used to read Savage Love in the RFT in Saint Louis all the time! I'm a dumbass who just happened onto this article, and didn't realize it was written by him until AFTER I read some of the comments.
NOW THAT THAT'S OUT OF THE WAY!
This event is an absolute disgrace. I know gay men in Saint Louis that would never put their hands anywhere near a police officer, in fear of something like this happening! Those officers are so full of shit. F.W. is such a fucking hick-town, it's not even funny. Very narrow-minded. It's things like this that make me disappointed and sad to say that I'm from America.
Posted by Marki on July 2, 2009 at 12:39 PM · Report this
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@60 I LIVE IN HOUSTN, TX AND ITS BEEN BROADCASTED IN HOUSTON. AND I HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS IN DALLAS AND SURROUNDING AREAS AND THEY ALSO HAVE SEEN IT. SO DONT BE SO QUICK TO JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS.

I AGREE WITH THOSE THAT ARE DEFENDING TX. US PEOPLE LIVING IN TX ARE NOT ALL CLOSED MINDED IDIOTS. AND THOSE JUDGING THE ONES THAT LIVE HERE ARE JUST AS GUILTY AS THOSE OFFICERS THAT DID THAT TO THIS POOR MAN. B/C YOU GUYS ARE BEING JUST AS HATEFUL!!! DONT BE SO QUICK TO STEREO TYPE INDIVIDUALS. YES THERE IS LITTLE TOWNS HERE THAT HAVE RESIDENTS THAT ARE RACIST AND WHATNOT AND THERES SOME THAT EVOLVE WITH THE TIMES AND COME TO ACCEPT OTHERS! LETS LOOK AT THE SITUATION. NOT THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NOTHIN TO DO WITH THIS CASE. LETS BE MATURE PEOPLE.

MY HEART AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE VICTIMS.
Posted by RANN on July 2, 2009 at 12:47 PM · Report this
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Im not gay, but I am very sensitive to gay movement and right to live and love. I think Forth Worth is a blistering pimple of the butt of a America. Texas, and most of the southern states are. It is completely and utterly annoying that they feel they are holier-than-thou because a man-made book, which contradicts every other page,tells them it is the right way. BS.
Posted by hiimlinda on July 2, 2009 at 12:50 PM · Report this
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Dan, if you're right but inflammatory, you're likely to be right but ineffective. Making up quotations and swearing is inflammatory. After Police Raid, Fort Worth Chief Blames Gay Man for Own Brain Injury. More transparent, closer to the truth. Also don't need to keep it from the kids due to naughty words like bullshit.
Posted by Jane Campbell on July 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM · Report this
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Ouch. I understand that everyone's upset about what happened in Fort Worth, but must we continue to hate on the town itself? Where is the love, people? As a Fort Worthian, I was also shocked at the audacity of the police officers involved, however I also have sense enough to know that the actions of one do not speak for the beliefs of all. Yes, the police officers did a very bad thing to say the least, but you cannot say that for all Fort Worth police officers.
Posted by txgirl2 on July 2, 2009 at 1:12 PM · Report this
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Dear Gay Hater,

See the first sentence of post 130. It is clear to all that this applies to you.
Posted by Daniella on July 2, 2009 at 1:26 PM · Report this
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Wow, just here in Tacoma (last year?) a Puyallup cop was pulling over women and telling them if the flashed him or did sexual favors he would let them go. He did this on and off the clock, and on and off the Tribal land. I think cops (some) get the Jesus mentality and think they can do all and see all and no one can stop them. But we all know Jesus was crucified. The Fort Worth cops need to be crucified for what they did. If a woman in a bar made a pass or crotched a cop, chances are there would be either a quick arrest for assault or a rented motel room. If Chad did (which I believe he didn't) make a pass, the cops could have cuffed him without smashing his head into a wall.
I worked in Idaho about 20 years ago when my boss's husband came in to see her and was brutally beaten and killed in the parking lot becuase "he must have been a faggot, he had high heels on"....ie. cowboy boots. I hope someday the homophobia can dissapate, but I don't think it ever will. We have progressed a long way... but maybe they should round us all up and out us on an island, it would be a whole lot of fun!!!
Posted by JunoWhat on July 2, 2009 at 1:34 PM · Report this
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http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/…

At least they admitted to Gibson getting seriously injured while in their care. And his condition has been upgraded to fair, so that's good!
Posted by kvte on July 2, 2009 at 1:43 PM · Report this
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Dan, I've been boycotting your blog lately for your making Pres. Obama the cause of all discrimination against gays. But the story of Mr. Gibson and your handling of it has brought me back. I've written the FWPD, the mayor, and the city councilmen demanding action be taken against these officers.
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Just sent the e-mal below to the Chamber of Commerce (money moves politics). Also, wanted to echo what others have said about the need to stop bashing all of Texas - let's focus our energies where they belong, not demonizing an entire group of people. Also, as a straight-man, I would hope that my help, involvement would be just as welcome, needed as that of my gay brothers (a reference to the call for "all gay men to stand up" - civil rights are color, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender BLIND.

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Mr. Thornton:
I was just made aware of the very sad events which took place at the Rainbow Lounge. I was quite shocked as I am a frequent business traveler to the DFW area and would not have ever thought something like this would happen in the metroplex. We are currently trying to nail down a location for our 2010 policy conference and Texas is definitely at the top of the list, but an incident such as this, will probably, sadly in my opinion, move Fort Worth, out of the running. I know this incident is not a representation of the majority of the good and hard-working people of Fort Worth, but I also would expect the Mayor and Council to take a stronger stance in calling for a full, independent, investigation.
With hope for a better future,
Seth Johnson
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@77,
Thank you. I think this is disgusting, and these cops should lose their jobs, and be charged with assault. BUT, not all cops are like this. I come from a family full of police officers, and all of them are very open minded. My cousin is in training to become a cop, and she is a lesbian. So please, don't fight prejudice with more prejudice. Not all cops are the same.
Posted by HannahtheGinger on July 2, 2009 at 1:47 PM · Report this
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I'd love to see if the shoe was on the other foot. Does this mean any woman who gets cat-called or has her ass grabbed has a right to beat someone to death over it? I'm straight, but not narrow. Wish I could say the same for the Ft.Worth police dept.
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I tweeted it you should too!
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I tweeted it you should too!
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Dan! Perez Hilton totally linked this article on his blog!!! It's so meta! Here's the link that has the link http://perezhilton.com/2009-07-02-disgus…
Posted by More, I Say! on July 2, 2009 at 1:59 PM · Report this
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Dear gay hater,

your intolerance is sickening. to say something so incredibly ignorant is a show of how little you know about life, the world, and the beings that inhabit this earth. you should be the one that is left on the desert island, and furthermore you should be the one that can't produce.

my prayers, love, and support go to chad gibson, his partner, his loved ones, and all the gay men that had their nice chill spot raided by a bunch of intolerant pigs.
Posted by kelssss on July 2, 2009 at 2:06 PM · Report this
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Quit bashing on the state of Texas! Just because one group of asshole cops raided this bar doesn't mean the entire state is treats homosexuals that way. Of course there are some people in the state that are racist and intollerant of gays just like there are in other states such as California! Wouldn't it piss you off if I said everyone in California is a tree hugging democrat that just want to build the government up have them tax us all until we're all living in cardboard boxes!
Posted by Haley on July 2, 2009 at 2:06 PM · Report this
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Terrible action by the Fort Worth police, and we must protest it. By the way, terrible stereotyping by you of all Texan's into hicks by your low comedy "Them that thar" routine.
Posted by Carolyn on July 2, 2009 at 2:12 PM · Report this
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start the movement - follow @H8JeffHalstead on twitter!
Posted by H8JeffHalstead on July 2, 2009 at 2:20 PM · Report this
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It's too bad that the officers didn't enter a BDSM gay bar. Then they could have had their balls cut off, and the world would be a much safer place.
Posted by Arr1on on July 2, 2009 at 2:24 PM · Report this
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I am so trembling right now. I just got off the phone with the internal affairs department for the Forth Worth Police, and the lady was not at all sensitive to my concerns. She was so cold the entire time, despite my passive nature during the call. She kept telling me the investigation is ongoing, so the dept. can't comment. I asked then why did the police chief say what he said? Why wouldn't he wait for the investigation to be completed before making public comments defending his officers? She did not have an answer. Here is the big bombshell: When I said this could happen to me or any of my gay friends, she asked, "Oh, are you coming to Fort Worth some time soon?" Unbelievably cold. Please call and let her know you want your concern logged for the police chief.
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Sorry, I'm really confused. They went into a bar to bust people for being drunk? They weren't in public.

This is despicable. We shouldn't have to have a Rodney King incident.
Posted by jarvisbearcub on July 2, 2009 at 2:35 PM · Report this
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I did what you asked and sent an email to all of them, but really, how can I - a straight woman living in Chicago - make a difference other than by showing support and tolerance and equality for all people gay or straight? If you have a concrete way to do something, please put some ideas out there. I'm tired of seeing my gay and lesbian friends suffer and I'm tired of living with the knowledge that I can get married and visit my significant other in the hospital, but you can't. I would love to help and I do vote in accordance with those who support the same things I do. I'm disappointed in Barak Obama's lack of impact on these issues. Seriously though, what can I do?
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I'm a christian, I'm married to a loving wife for nearly a decade, now, and I'm also gay. My wife and I are both in our marriage for the long haul, faithful to the end. Between the actions of Sherriff Homophobe and his henchmen and some of the posts left by commenters here on this blog, I don't know if I would want to meet any of them!
Posted by Ken Biddles on July 2, 2009 at 2:41 PM · Report this
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some one shold give all those cops the fucking chair
Posted by jore on July 2, 2009 at 2:44 PM · Report this
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RHines, I live in Texas too and fat/white/racist fits many who live here. I live in Austin and one of my best friends was just called a "fat f*cking n*gger" at the gas station the other day. That was in the liberal enclave of AUSTIN! I say if the shoe fits....
Posted by cgjones on July 2, 2009 at 3:08 PM · Report this
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This makes me truly scared. I work for a pro-choice reproductive and health services provider in the Midwest. Since the death of Dr. Tiller, we have been lucky to have local police ready to enforce the law and keep us safe. I am endlessly grateful to them for making it safe for me to go to work. But then there are other officers out there, who rather than enforce the law use brute force and a badge to beat and batter people who they dislike. As a pro-choice woman, it makes me worry I can't trust the police to protect me from an armed anti-choice extremist. As a gay woman, it makes me worry I could be a target for police brutality if I am at the wrong place at the wrong time.

I look over my shoulder to check for anti-choice terrorists, but now I also worry I should have to check over my shoulder for an officer who hides his homophobia behind a badge. Who will protect us and how can we protect ourselves?
Posted by educatedvagabond on July 2, 2009 at 3:09 PM · Report this
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whoever did this deserves to rot in prison if this innocent young man dies.
Posted by June on July 2, 2009 at 3:25 PM · Report this
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I just emailed all the councilmembers and mayor, lets get some justice!
Posted by pretry on July 2, 2009 at 3:28 PM · Report this
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This is absolutely ridiculous. And completely unacceptable.
An excuse is an excuse. I hope justice is rightfully brought here. And I feel bad for texans; the state of Texas already has a suffering reputation. We need to be making more progress as a country than we are currently. The thought that any one person, regardless of race, religion, etc. is not given equal rights or is particularly mistreated sickens me. Why can't America be the place it was once dreamed of, a place to escape religious persecution and unequal rights? I hope someday, when i grow older, I, as a straight female, can lend my voice to the LGBT community as a voice to rally for equal rights to all citizens. Kudos to those who have and continue to participate in nonviolent protests and rallys and those of that manner.
Posted by dropthebeat on July 2, 2009 at 3:30 PM · Report this
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one simple question. let's strip this situation from gender and sexual orientation for a split second. does this mean, according to the fort worth police dept, that if anyone makes a pass at someone, and should this pass be unwelcome, it is ok to beat the life out of this person? if a man hits on a woman and this is not welcome, she can beat him to death or vice versa? wow! i'm not making light of the situation, nor do i believe any passes were made in this situation-but had this happened-is it acceptable to attempt against someone's life? really, fort worth? is this what we are saying? this is disgusting! newsflash, if you don't like gay men, don't go into a gay bar, and don't flatter yourself by saying a man was all over you. take it like a man and say the truth, repeat after me, "i am a homophobe in a police uniform, and i attempted against the life of another male for no reason other than my disdain for this person" citizens of fort worth, don't be an example of what is wrong with america. this is not even entirely an issue of gay versus straight, it is an issue of violence as a result of ignorance, intolerance and self-righteousness protected by the institution that is supposed to protect all citizens, even those who are gay
Posted by ale on July 2, 2009 at 3:51 PM · Report this
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I wanted to say a few things:

1) I am a resident of Fort Worth and lifelong resident of Texas. Though I have plenty of varied gripes about where I live, I think a lot you folks are getting a distorted picture of what things are like here. It is far from a bastion of liberalism and tolerance, but it is no backwater orgy of bigoted violence. People here are accepting and kind. Straight and gay work and live together and get along well. Attitudes towards gay marriage and equal rights are lagging compared to other parts of the country, but they will come around. Fort Worth is especially receptive to diversity in all forms and should not be viewed as an epicenter of homophobia due to the shameful actions of a few.

2) The reports about what took place in the bar are disturbing and sad. I'm inclined to believe that some sort of misconduct took place on the part of the police , for the sole fact that any police response should be proportional to the imminent threat. I can't imagine that groping (or "groping at", whichever is the case) an officer's crotch warrants a beating. If any sexual advances or inappropriate behavior was thrust in the officer's direction, then an appropriate response would be to ignore it if possible, or if it was disruptive to their investigation, to calmly detain the individual without using excessive force.

3) I wouldn't care to speculate exactly what went down during the raid; accounts conflict, some patrons may have been drunk, some officers may have been on an adrenaline rush, and just about everyone who was there to witness it is likely to have some bias or agenda that shapes the way they view those events. If some lewdness was directed at the officers, I wouldn't be surprised. But I wouldn't be surprised if such lewdness was concocted or imagined by those officers. Regardless, what's shocking and disheartening is that the Chief of Police would use it as a justification for the police violence that took place. The hallmarks of effective state power are restraint and fairness. Neither seem to have been exercised here.

4) As both a Fort Worth resident and supporter of gay issues, I will be watching this story closely. I will take any steps I can to apply pressure to the city and police department if it will help make them realize that we will not tolerate discrimination or police misconduct with impunity. At the very least, I hope this story generates some dialogue and understanding amongst all North Texans that persecution and intolerance are unacceptable.
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Posted by thisisme on July 2, 2009 at 4:26 PM · Report this
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What would these police officers have done if they walked into a different bar and were approached and *groped* by women? Would they have gotten their faces slammed into a wall hard enough to leave a dent? Would they have five of their men take down one of the women? My guess is no.
Posted by Fin on July 2, 2009 at 4:57 PM · Report this
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This is so terrible! The fact is that this happens all over the country. Not just in Texas. I am a Texan from Austin and proud of it. There are ignorant people everywhere, but let's not all start bad mouthing Texas. Stereotypes are something we're trying to fight here not reinforce. Not all Texans are rednecks and racist, just like not all gay men automatically hit on any guy they see and are immoral.
Posted by rainbowsrad on July 2, 2009 at 5:12 PM · Report this
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@190

As much as your heartfelt defence of Fort Worth is understandable you also have to realise that that events such as these, when coupled with already forged preconceptions, are somewhat damning to the image of the region from an outsiders point of view.

If you want to do something regarding this then email the Mayor and Police Department and state not only your condemnation for recent events but also of the fact that individuals, such as myself (I'm British, emailing from the UK) are now becoming aware of the story and the vision of Fort Worth as a stereotypical backwards Texan town, where bigotry, institutionalised hate crimes and general intolerance not only occur but are seemingly accepted within the 'system', is growing resolutely. As more and more people become aware of this story and become active participants the more this image of your town will be hardened and if it's to be averted the police force needs to take action against the perpetrators and the Mayor needs to release a statement of condemnation.

If you really want to dispel the 'myth' of Fort Mason as an "epicentre of homophobia" I believe this is the best action you can take.
Posted by Hazza on July 2, 2009 at 5:19 PM · Report this
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I am a heterosexual woman living in the UK and have been so disgusted by these events that I have emailed those listed above, and will be willing to help in any way I can.
Posted by Vicki on July 2, 2009 at 5:45 PM · Report this
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Dan,

Thanks for bringing this story to national attention.

I think the cause is hurt by your decision to put your "translation" of the Chief's remarks in quotes.

—Ragnar

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twitter.com/justice4ftworth
Posted by eddie on July 2, 2009 at 5:57 PM · Report this
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This post is ridiculous. Those officers did a bar check at several other bars that night. What's wrong with this country now is all the touchy feely RACIST organizations like the ACLU, NAACP, and LGBT. If it was an all white bar and the same thing happend, nothing would of been said. You touch an officers crotch you deserve to get your head busted. I forgot though, the gay community would never do anything like that. So now officers are not supposed to do bar checks on gay bars? Screw that. The gay community is not owed any SPECIAL TREATMENT, so quit acting like you do!!!
Posted by JustinAdams on July 2, 2009 at 6:44 PM · Report this
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Okay, this is ridiculous. First: The owner of the establishment knew about the raid and agreed on the date, further more, the raid was to be on Friday, but the owner requested Saturday. Hmm I wonder why. A new bar that needs to drum up business? What better then a huge "sudden raid" on your bar the same day as stonewall to drum up some business? I'll tell you what's better: if that raid goes horribly wrong! National media coverage, plus ridiculous, irresponsible, sensationalists like Dan Savage equal a gay bar that is suddenly the "Texas gay destination," and making TONS of money. Second: It is ridiculous and irresponsible to twist the things Jeff Halstead says. A little bit of research will tell you Jeff isn't even from Texas, so the idea that this is that old "Texas Mindset" is just ignorant. Don't you see that by Savage writing a passage in "southern dumb drawl" is just as much an attack on Jeff Halstead as it is an attack on all of you readers from the south. Are all of you ignorant just because you come from a southern town? Why aren't you as offended by this as I am? I am gay, and I've also been to a ton of gay bars. The fact is, there is a lot of people behaving this way. If you try to deny that, then you are a liar. These bars have become sexually charged environments ESPECIALLY on a Saturday nights because the gay community has the mindset of an oppressed minority and behaves as such, acting out drastically in a closed door environment. I've known Jeff Halstead for six years. This is a man who full heartedly believes in the rights of the people he works every day to protect. This is an honorable man with a wife and two sons. This is not a man who hates gays or works to oppress minorities, and this is CERTAINLY not just another redneck hick that came into power because he knows people.

To Dan Savage:
The way you twisted Jeff Halsteads words is despicable. I am disgusted by you and ashamed to have you associated with a community I love so dearly. I understand a desire to fight for your community, but to word it like this just gives our community another little needed black eye. It serves as a source for dissent, and another reason for the other side to hate us. The story itself is enough, and if you feel the need to trump it up in such a way, maybe it's not worth reporting.
Oh and by the way, next time you want to make a person sound dumb, you shouldn't rely on stereotypes of southern ignorance. If anything, relying on stereotypes to belittle someone is worse when you do it, because you turn around and call foul when someone does it to you. If someone in the public eye twisted your words this way and put a "gay" accent on it, you would rip them apart, or is it okay to assume that just because a man has a lisp he is gay?

Dan Savage, you have made me ashamed of my community, and I would like to appologize to Jeff and his family for people like you. I can only hope comments like yours don't soil the image of the LGBT community in the eyes of those who are not a part of it.

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Posted by disgusted_reader on July 2, 2009 at 7:16 PM · Report this
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I am from Fort Worth, and I never thought I would be ashamed of that. It's not even all about the people in Fort Worth or the people in Texas, for that matter. Yes, there are rednecks and ignorant people here in TX, but it's incidents like this that give everyone here a bad reputation, warranted or not. I'm an Asian-American, and I've definitely received my share of nastiness here, but not everyone is a racist/homophobe. Because this happened in Texas, something I haven't read much about are the police. Not just the police in Fort Worth, but police in general. Although, I've met many wonderful officers in my time, the majority, I'd have to say, have been complete uneducated, overcompensating, and abusive pigs. I understand they have dangerous jobs, but I am not being overly harsh in my estimate. Literally, an old white officer once pulled my mother over while I was in the passenger seat and told us to go back to our own countries. Oh yeah, and there was no citation because we didn't DO anything. He just pulled us over to pull us over. There are so many other instances that I don't have the time to get into, but I think it's time to hold officers accountable for their actions and attitudes. Their job is to protect and serve, not to abuse their powers.
Posted by Samantha on July 2, 2009 at 7:20 PM · Report this
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I am gay, from DFW and am appalled by the actions of the FW PD in this case, but posting a headline that states the chief said "that faggot deserved it" is someone's interpretation of what he actually did say. That kind of characterizations takes an already emotionally charged situation and make it worse. The facts are that the PD were WRONG. Let the facts speak for themselves. NO need to twist things to make your point... it serves no purpose.
Posted by SWK73 on July 2, 2009 at 7:25 PM · Report this
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I'm reading this and remembering me waking up half dead in a wheat field in Washington State when I was nineteen years old. I'm fifty two years old now with sever brain damage, from the beating to my head with a lead pipe.
The police said I fell. I only remember a group of the, "good ol' boys", taking me for a long ride. I tell younger people to NOT come out, it's not worth having your life destroyed over. Just move away and live your life where being gay is excepted.
Tibble
Posted by Tibble on July 2, 2009 at 8:26 PM · Report this
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If any misuse of power was exhibited by these officers then the accusers will have their day in court. You are all fighting a fight a LARGE majority of people in this country don't care about.
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I saw it happen. the officers did nothing wrong. The were being touched and harrassed. I agree with what happened. Almost everyone there was yelling at them and throwing things at the and touching them. they deserved to be arrested. They were not mistreated or manhandled in any way. This is just them trying to get extra attention
Posted by bloodycherries on July 2, 2009 at 8:42 PM · Report this
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I am totally appalled at what happened in Ft. Worth but please don't carry the misapprehension that all of Texas is of a similar attitude. I live in Dallas and we (in my opinion) have a very gay friendly community. The Cedar Springs area is known for it's affluency, great restaurants, bars and shops as well as it's many gay pride events. I feel deeply for the victims of this incident and hope justice is brought to those who were in the wrong but I feel that it's important not to give the impression that that is an accepted behavior here. I think it's important that just as gays should not be stereotyped neither should the population of north Texas.
Posted by AEH on July 2, 2009 at 8:42 PM · Report this
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Is this how he gets paid back for the long service he has done?
Giving his life to protect his country, his family, friends.
How can we judge him for what he is. He should have the same right as we all do. It should
not matter if someone is gay or not. Who are we to judge. This is injustice.... its sad to see
that the SO CALLED REPUBLIC of america is not so democratic after all.
Where is the first amendment?
Where is the equal right?
He deserves something much better then this. Let us see how many would do the same job he has done,, give his life to his people, yet he gets rejected, just because he said he is gay.
What is the big deal about that? Would you like if some one kicks you out of your work and puts you on national TV just for the reason you are white/black/brown, etc.
We are all the same, we should not judge some one just because he is a little bit different then we think the most people are. After all maybe we are different then he is, maybe we are the psycho ones. Maybe we are, after seeing this happening.

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I am so done. God bless him, and his family. this has got to stop. we are all just PEOPLE. I dont get it....why do people care who we love???

whys it so hard to love one another............
Posted by mtclem02 on July 2, 2009 at 9:31 PM · Report this
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I agree with AEH.

I'm from Denton which is 45 minutes north of both Fort Worth and Dallas. Everyone flocks to Dallas for a relaxing, great time in the Cedar Springs area (the "gayborhood"). Fort Worth is the cowtown twin to Dallas and relatively has no comfortable places where gay people and their friends can hang out without this sort of thing happening.

I don't know how valid this article is (because it's an editorial) but I can say for certain that if there were multiple law enforcement officers to one "drunk" young man, then I'm pretty sure 2 or 3 cops subduing him and some handcuffs would have been enough. Not brain damage.
Posted by reflector on July 2, 2009 at 9:38 PM · Report this
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This is the letter I wrote:
To the Honorable City Council of Texas:

Living on the other side of the country it is difficult for some press to reach us when it happens in another city or state. It almost seems like fires, floods, and celebrity gossip are all that we are exposed to in the U.S.A. By pure accident did I find this article on what has recently occurred at the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, TX; and my heart is in my throat. I no longer know how to take pride in the country of which I was born and raised. I no longer feel that this place can be remotely considered "the land of the free". What are we free to do? Obviously, the only people with any freedom's in your city are the police officers, who abused their authority. Wasn't, I am sorry, isn't their job to serve and protect their community? It appears the only protecting they were doing was that of their egos. Don't your police officers walk around equipped with guns? It makes no sense to me why it would take five men, who are obviously armed to put, Chad Gibson through this physical, mental and emotional anguish; and later let his family and loved ones deal with the aftermath.

What this team of officers did is an outrage, and seems all to similar to the Rodney King incident that caused so many riots. Is it the fact that these men are police officers that they aren't behind bars? Or because they were trying to uphold some archaic Biblical reference? If I recall correctly we were taught from a young age that God and Jesus wanted us to love our neighbors as much as they did. It is of my understanding of the world and extensive travels that touching or grabbing any officer is like trying to sneak into a lion's den to grab their groin. You just don't do it.

I hope that Justice is served to these abusive men, who don't know the true meaning about serving or protecting, humanity or their community.

Thank you for taking the time to read this


-A heterosexual believer in Jesus and Mankind-
Seattle, WA

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This is the letter I got back:

Thank you for your email concerning the unfortunate incident at the Rainbow Lounge. I have called for a complete and thorough investigation of this matter, and that all findings be formally reported to the full City Council.

Fort Worth has earned its well-established reputation as a community where all people are treated with respect. We pride ourselves on our active practice of the "Golden Rule" because we sincerely believe and adhere to the principles of individual liberty and common courtesy.

I firmly believe that ours is the finest, best-trained professional police department in the world, and any violation of civil rights by any citizen or employee will not be tolerated. Chief Halstead has guaranteed the citizens and Council this investigation will be handled in full compliance with the highest standards of conduct, civil rights and integrity.

I personally assure you that my fellow Council Members and I will insist upon the thorough scrutiny of this incident, and fully evaluate all the facts before issuing any official rulings.

Again, thank you for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Jungus Jordan
Council Member
City of Fort Worth
District 6
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Posted by divina on July 2, 2009 at 10:01 PM · Report this
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Reading this story not only saddens me, but boils me over in absolute fury that any American law enforcement division would condone this type of violent misconduct. However, all of this coming from a red state like Texas, it just doesn't surprise me that this type of unlawful behavior would be justified for reasons that hold no value in a court of law and furthermore, are clear acts of hate and discrimination. There is no place in the world, needless to say in the United States, for this type of hatred and criminal behavior. To stand up and fight for justice and equality is a non-exhaustive American right that is universal to all citizens of this great nation regardless of race, gender, religious beliefs, AND sexuality. The defense of the officers in question is not only disgustingly unacceptable, but void of any justification to validate the force which was used against the patrons of that establishment, especially against the young man who now finds himself in a life-threatening condition.

Fellow Americans, straight or gay, this incident is not to be taken lightly, and it is time to stand up against injustices as the one in Fort Worth and defend our rights to live in peace! Acts of intolerance have no place on American soil, and if wars can be fought abroad against tyranny and in efforts to bring democracy to foreign nations, then lets begin by fighting for the democracy and liberty of our own people in our own country!
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These news are coming to Germany... I hope this behaviour will have consequences for the police officers. Please make sure a donation via PayPal is made possible!
Posted by JoTheBear on July 3, 2009 at 12:26 AM · Report this
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WOW a lot of you are complete idiots. I've read all the comments and for a group of people trying to stop hate and prejudice and stereotypes you all have a damn funny way of showing it. Ever heard of practice what you preach??? You say that you don't want to be stereotyped as gay or lesbian yet just because this happened in a southern state that makes us ALL redneck fat idiots who hate everyone who's not exactly like them? Wow that sounds like stereotyping to me?! That's so funny. You all need to realize that you will never achieve what you want by badmouthing other people. I understand you're frustrated but taking it out on the city of fort worth makes you ALL look ignorant and your arguments are ineffective. By the way, post 193 our city is called fort worth, not fort mason way to pay attention. I have NO idea what this has to do with the actual city of fort worth or the state of Texas. Incidents like this happen all over the country but OH MY GOD ITS TEXAS and suddenly we're the devil state. This is ridiculous. You all claim to be educated but when you stoop to dissing a state that makes you look stupid. When you stop being prejudice, so will the rest of the world. Thanks! "Excuse me - I think I'm just going to take this moment to sit here and laugh at the sheer *irony* of all you people out there crowing about how stupid/backwards/fat/white/racist Texans are, all the while talking about how horrible it is to lump a group of people beneath one category and dehumanize them." could not agree more!!!! Such hypocrisy.
Posted by Proud to be Texan. on July 3, 2009 at 12:26 AM · Report this
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As Perezhilton said, violence is never the answer... or in this case, there was even no reason to use violence whatsoever.

And in Chad's case it was terrible, I hope he would survive.

Those police officers need to learn their lessons.

I was saddened by this. And angry, too (at the police's misconducts, of course).

Rinochan
Manila, Philippines
Posted by Rinochan on July 3, 2009 at 12:56 AM · Report this
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I'm not gay, I don't know any gay people and I don't believe in gay marriage, yet I still think this is absolutely disgusting and wrong and that those homophobic policemen should NOT be allowed to get away with this. It is so clearly obvious that the police officers only used that level of force because they despise homosexual people and their claims about being 'groped' are completely ridiculous! What, just because someone is gay means they grope any man around? It's just absolutely ridiculous and proves how homophobic these policemen truly are.
Posted by woobia on July 3, 2009 at 3:51 AM · Report this
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For all of you because-it's-texas folks: you should probably step back and stop trying to make this like it has no relationship to you; that's a dangerous stance when there are so many fights gay people in all of North American still have to win and we should be working together to conquer adversity and not try and blame whatever image you have of a place.
Texas is special, but it's full of Americans.
Posted by Juniper on July 3, 2009 at 4:37 AM · Report this
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I'm a raging liberal from Texas who lived in Seattle for many years...yeah, this is fucked up...but something that's pretty annoying is that people from the PNW will do anything to demonize Texas. We're not all xenophobes. In fact, the VAST majority of people I know in DFW aren't. So let's keep the comments focused on the FWPD who actually ARE homophobes, and not generalize. Thanks.
Posted by Rene0982 on July 3, 2009 at 4:49 AM · Report this
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this is the best news I've heard in awhile. I'm packing up and moving to Texas....it will be so nice as a stright female to be able to beat up and possibly murder every MAN that trys to harass or grope me in a public place!!!

This is why people in the Northern Va / DC area think Texas people are a bunch of ignorant, homophobes ie: our former Pres!
Posted by E Hackney on July 3, 2009 at 5:34 AM · Report this
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Your former President is from Connecticut.
Posted by Juniper on July 3, 2009 at 7:07 AM · Report this
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The simple fact that this officer is not in jail for attempeted murder sickens me.

Reason #3273 to never be in the crap-hole that is Texas.
Posted by Mr Sean on July 3, 2009 at 7:08 AM · Report this
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To: District6
Sent: Thu Jul 02 15:40:36 2009
Subject: Dear Jungus Jordan... Re: Investigation

Hello,

I'm a Fort Worth citizen who is appalled by the recent raid on the
Rainbow Lounge - as well as the conduct of the Fort Worth Police
Officers.

I'm a straight citizen of Fort Worth, with a wife and kids --- so
you'd think I wouldn't even be interested.

But I am.

I'm interested any time a minority group is targeted for harassment.
I'm interested anytime the police overstep their bounds, injure
citizens/tax payers, and then try to cover it up.

This is a dangerous precedent to set. If we allow the Fort Worth
Police to do this, what's next? Rounding up blacks, jews, catholics?

It's already bad enough that the rest of the world sees us as
red-neck, white trash hicks. But then we have to prove them right by
raiding a gay bar - and injuring patrons who were obviously not doing
anything. Groping? Please. The police are given a wide berth at both
gay and straight bars. However, the Fort Worth Police Department
believes we're dumb enough to say, "OH! Okay. Well if you were groped
by GAY MEN, then it's okay to cause bodily harm."

Well, it's not the 1940's. And we're not all dumb, red-neck white
trash hicks. At least those of us NOT on the Fort Worth Police
Department.

So what's a guy, with a wife and kids to do?

Complain? Sure. But even if these officers get a slap on the wrist (if
they even get that), we'll know that the Fort Worth Police Department
will still be a cesspool of hatred for certain groups. Gays. Blacks.
Jews.

So a Dad who wants his family to be safe is seriously considering
moving. Taking his sales taxes dollars... his property tax dollars...
and all of the money he spends locally elsewhere. To Dallas possibly.
Maybe Austin. But definitely away from a city that beats up its own
citizens.

You know what was done was wrong. Investigate it. Release the
offending officers. But more important, clean up the force. If the
Fort Worth PD is infected with this minority-bashing mentality, it's
time to clean it out and start fresh.

Otherwise, this tax-paying, voting citizen will take his family and
money elsewhere.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Tony Forrester
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Posted by Super8290 on July 3, 2009 at 7:19 AM · Report this
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To: District6
Sent: Thu Jul 02 15:40:36 2009
Subject: Dear Jungus Jordan... Re: Investigation

Hello,

I'm a Fort Worth citizen who is appalled by the recent raid on the
Rainbow Lounge - as well as the conduct of the Fort Worth Police
Officers.

I'm a straight citizen of Fort Worth, with a wife and kids --- so
you'd think I wouldn't even be interested.

But I am.

I'm interested any time a minority group is targeted for harassment.
I'm interested anytime the police overstep their bounds, injure
citizens/tax payers, and then try to cover it up.

This is a dangerous precedent to set. If we allow the Fort Worth
Police to do this, what's next? Rounding up blacks, jews, catholics?

It's already bad enough that the rest of the world sees us as
red-neck, white trash hicks. But then we have to prove them right by
raiding a gay bar - and injuring patrons who were obviously not doing
anything. Groping? Please. The police are given a wide berth at both
gay and straight bars. However, the Fort Worth Police Department
believes we're dumb enough to say, "OH! Okay. Well if you were groped
by GAY MEN, then it's okay to cause bodily harm."

Well, it's not the 1940's. And we're not all dumb, red-neck white
trash hicks. At least those of us NOT on the Fort Worth Police
Department.

So what's a guy, with a wife and kids to do?

Complain? Sure. But even if these officers get a slap on the wrist (if
they even get that), we'll know that the Fort Worth Police Department
will still be a cesspool of hatred for certain groups. Gays. Blacks.
Jews.

So a Dad who wants his family to be safe is seriously considering
moving. Taking his sales taxes dollars... his property tax dollars...
and all of the money he spends locally elsewhere. To Dallas possibly.
Maybe Austin. But definitely away from a city that beats up its own
citizens.

You know what was done was wrong. Investigate it. Release the
offending officers. But more important, clean up the force. If the
Fort Worth PD is infected with this minority-bashing mentality, it's
time to clean it out and start fresh.

Otherwise, this tax-paying, voting citizen will take his family and
money elsewhere.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Tony Forrester
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Posted by Super8290 on July 3, 2009 at 7:23 AM · Report this
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Like the song by Brother Ali says referring to bigotry.."they're born with this hatred in their veins".
I was born and raised in Ft. Worth. I currently live in Dallas...just 20 miles apart but worlds apart ideologically.
I am in no way defending the officers, I think what they did was absolutely wrong and that they should be punished for it. But I also think its important to understand that when an individual is born into a family of bigots, and is surrounded by bigots every day of their lives, that way of thinking seems completely normal...and defensible.
If this does not become a national news story, the officers will get away with a slap on the wrist. The entire country needs to come down on the police department if there will be any justice for this poor guy.
Posted by HotLikeWasabi on July 3, 2009 at 8:11 AM · Report this
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To # 211

Ah yes the great state of Texas. The state where a Black man was dragged to death behind a pick-up truck. The state where a developmentally disabled 18 year old was recently sentenced to 100 years in prision for inappropriately touching the knee of a neighbor. The state who executes more prisioners than any other in the nation. The state who gave us a president who whose I-Q is only slightly above that of the developmentally disabled person sentenced to 100 years. Texas, the state who (statistically) placed in the 20th percentile on the ACT. The state whose only reason to pursue literacy is so that they can read the bible to justify their egrigious actions. Stereotypes are based on the repition of behaivors and acts that develop into a measurable pattern over time. In this case the actions of the local police do in fact fit the template (stereotype) which has been well documented overtime.

JB
Posted by tapdancintgirl on July 3, 2009 at 8:19 AM · Report this
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I'm no lawyer, but if I were Gibson's family, I'd be insisting that the FWPD charge him with assaulting the officer. That way it has to go to a jury trial, and evidence has to be provided. All those witnesses that never saw anything of the sort happen can testify.

And then, without spending a dime on depositions and such, they have adequate information already on the record to turn around and sue the city for damages.
Posted by Eleventy Billionth Blogger on July 3, 2009 at 8:34 AM · Report this
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As a "straight male" I find the actions of these police officers appalling and under suspicion as to their reasons for entering the bar. The cops involved needs to be investigated from an outside, fair source and disciplinarian actions need to be taken against those officers. Their actions speak louder than words. They are employed with taxes the residents of that area pay and they need to serve the people no matter what their sexual orientation should be. It's sounds to me as if these police officers have deeper problems and need to be let go from the system as well as face charges for their actions.
Posted by Jeff R on July 3, 2009 at 8:36 AM · Report this
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to #222

you forgot waco. another fine example of texas justice and the work of the atf.
Posted by the troof on July 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM · Report this
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Pardon me if someone else has mentioned this, but the City of Fort Worth's website now reports that the Mayor has asked the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas to investigate. That has to be a good thing -- the police chief's comments suggested little reason for confidence in any investigation by local authorities.
Posted by jrichmond on July 3, 2009 at 10:05 AM · Report this
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I hope this man recovers from his injury, and I'll hope the investigation is impartial.

These comments run the gamut, anti gay, anti straight, anti Texas, anti police, anti Dan Savage, none of them are pro people. Regardless of our differences, we all share the experience of being human, and deserve the same respect we would offer the ones we love.
Shame on us all, for the world we've created.

Just the opinion of a straight, atheist, liberal, veteran, who is lucky enough to see the Rocky Mountains every morning.

Posted by Jasen on July 3, 2009 at 10:17 AM · Report this
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As a Texas resident I am shocked that such actions are perpetrated and then defended by the leadership, and I use the term loosely, of the law enforcement agencies. The officers who put the man in the coma obviously do not have the correct temperament for the job and should be fired and permanently barred from holding positions in law enforcement. I would be concerned for the citizens of Fort Worth gay or straight that run into these loose cannons. Next thing you know they slip and a bullet goes in your head. These officers are a threat to public safety, and at the least should be suspended pending the investigation.
Posted by wiggin on July 3, 2009 at 10:52 AM · Report this
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ARE YOU ALL IGNORING THE FACT THAT THE OWNER OF THE BAR SCHEDULED THIS RAID WITH THE POLICE? THERE ARE NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES HERE!!!
Posted by disgusted_reader on July 3, 2009 at 11:01 AM · Report this
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Letter just emailed to Mayor Moncrief/city council and FW police dept:

Dear Mayor Moncrief:

It is never okay for a group of five (or even one) police persons to attack an unarmed man to the extent it causes serious brain injury (and maybe worse). Why has there been no word against this brutal behavior from you, the Police Chief, or (most of) the council members? I should not have to be afraid of policemen; but, I am. (Too many) policemen have continued to become darker in years past. Unless those in power (mayors, council members, city managers, police chiefs) start a real effort to make the police force into what it is meant to be (protecting citizens - not intimidating and beating them up), I'm getting the heck out of Texas, too.

Police protection today really seems to be all about the money (that "the police force" collects from it's citizens) - which is so corrupting. The results of this ill-directed action speak for itself in run-away police brutality on the innocent. I would much rather pay - in a tax - to support the Police and not have the police be self-supporting as they are for the most part. There is something really wrong with that picture.

Mayor Moncrief, I have respected you as a state, national and local politician since the late 70's early 80's. Please help to keep my faith in you. I have always believed you to be a sound power -- one that cares about his mission to the people he serves. As the Mayor of Fort Worth, your responsibility is to the citizens (and visitors) of your great city. Your action on this matter cannot be anything less than sending any policeman who thinks he has the right to cause injury to a non-violent, unarmed person packing; or, to attend some serious diversity training with a strict probationary period to see if the training takes. Personally, I'm counting on you to do the right thing. You need to be speaking very loudly and very widely on this incident and how any brutal actions by law enforcement shall never be tolerated.

The whole world is watching how this event gets handled. The majority of the world, I believe, is supporting Chad Gibson; not the ilk who were so warped they believed they had a right to do what they did. God does not tolerate violence - even against gays, blacks, the poor, illegal's, the mentally challenged, etc. This may be the most significant event in your political career. Please don't let your city down now. We need you more than ever.

Sincerely, and may God have mercy on the brutes who harmed their brother!


Nancy McCarthy Baker
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Posted by slowbaker on July 3, 2009 at 11:07 AM · Report this
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I wrote the following to all:

Councilmembers Zimmerman, Scarth, Moss, Jordan, and Burdette; Mayor Monicref:

Americans--gay and straight--are appalled by the alleged incidents at the Rainbow Lounge in Ft. Worth last weekend, the critical condition of Chad Gibson, and perhaps most by your collective silence and inaction on this matter. The officers in question should of course be granted due process as part of an official investigation, but your slowfootedness in joining Councilmembers Burns, Espino, and Hicks in calling for such an investigation, in failing to show leadership and in not reiterating the utmost seriousness with which you take the safety and liberty of all Fort Worth citizens, speaks volumes and makes me ashamed to hail from Texas.

The fact that this "raid" occurred on the 40th anniversary of Stonewall is no coincidence, and the eyes of the world are watching. I hope that you will find it in your consciences to be leaders, even when it might not be immediately politically expedient. History will judge each of our legacies from a holistic perspective that it is easy for us to lose sight of in the short term. Let us all open our eyes a bit wider and let our choices follow the obvious routes such vision affords.

________________

Councilman Scarth just responded:

It is illegal for any group or individual to be discriminated against in the City of Fort Worth. I have asked, along with all of my Council colleagues, for a full and complete investigation of the incident. I have also asked the U. S. Attorney to review the investigation.

______________

I replied:

Councilman Scarth,

Thanks for your quick response. I and others inside and outside of Ft. Worth will be watching closely how this matter is handled. Beyond an investigation, the incident clearly highlights a serious lack of sensitivity and goodwill between DFW police and the LGBT community. I strongly recommend multiple, well-publicized community meetings and mandatory police tolerance training ASAP.

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Posted by Silverlaker on July 3, 2009 at 11:16 AM · Report this
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Hey Mr. Disgusted Reader:

So you are suggesting that the new bar owner scheduled the raid with the police knowing that the negative PR would hurt his business and scare his patrons away? Not to mention that that the police would have made such a claim in an effort to protect their sorry asses which they didn't!. I do not know who you are but your ignorance and lack of basic intellect is truly amazing! I am embarrassed for you!
Posted by RUKiddingME on July 3, 2009 at 11:28 AM · Report this
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I'm sorry but what year are we living in again?!?!?! These officers need to be not only lose there jobs but they need to go to jail for there actions. The people of Fort Worth should be embarrassed that they have government officials acting in such a matter. My prayers are with all the people effected by this ignorance.
Posted by targuello on July 3, 2009 at 12:07 PM · Report this
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if the stonewall riots was what changed the course of things in America, or at least NYC regaurdung gay rights don't you think this kind of thing calls for social war? on top of this, why are people fighting for marriage when we still need to prove our right to not get killed by cops, beaten, arrested, and bars are being raided. btw poor gay people are still treated very badly by police and most government. the "tolerance" we have "won" is a corparate mindset that only accepts us if we're giving them money.

why do people inisit on working within a homophobic system to get rights.
I don't give a shit about "civil rights" I believe in liberation.
Posted by liberation not toleration on July 3, 2009 at 12:19 PM · Report this
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HELL YEAH!

"liberation not toleration" that is something I can get behind!

Now is not the time for another march or vigil, we've clearly been trying to appear as non-scary to the poor straight world as possible and it ain't working.
Nows the time to riot!
Posted by unintimidatedqueer on July 3, 2009 at 1:09 PM · Report this
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I'm a young lesbian who was born and raised in California, a state I once loved with all my heart that has betrayed me utterly. The Texas bashing isn't necessary, though I understand the anger directed toward the general image of Texas and the rest of the south.

This saddens me and reminds me that beyond a few, very wonderful, straight people (who usually have no power, consequently) we have no allies, we're not even protected from basic physical harm by the rule of law - hell, it's the law doing it to us.

Well let me just say this, you bigoted, pigfaced fuckheads - I can exercise my second amendment rights too, and if you or any of your ilk attempt to harm me, my family or my friends, I WILL blow your heads off with the shotgun I keep under my bed, or the .45 I keep in my purse. I will not think twice about it, I don't care WHO you are, you sick, pathetic motherfuckers. I'll deal with the consequences and you can try to explain yourself to your hateful God.
Posted by Not a victim on July 3, 2009 at 2:00 PM · Report this
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People need to get over this being a Texas thing. Does not matter where you are from or who you are, these are the actions of a few people who used their authority in the wrong way. The Texas government nor its citizens had any say so in the actions of these misguided officers. Everyone from California that is bashing Texas, take a step back and look at your own state, you state can not even cover its debt. Police officers all over this nation use their authority in ways they should not. How about the officers in California that beat the illegal immigrants and got caught on tape. Stop bashing Texas, start bashing the officers for being dishonest and their abuse of power. Let's focus on the issues.
Posted by IamfromTexas on July 3, 2009 at 2:05 PM · Report this
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I have nothing against gay people and I'm not saying that what the officers did wasn't wrong in any manner, but I'm tired of the way gay people often whine and complain and pout about everything slightly against gay people. The way you live your life is your choice and the way other people live their life is their choice. Yes, the events that took place in Fort Worth were awful but the Fort Worth police department is in NO way the only police force abusing their power. There is absolutely no need for you to "translate" what the police chief stated because that is pathetic and childish. If you really want to make an impact and want to be taken seriously then gay people as a whole need to act mature and be respectful. Nobody takes gay people seriously when they complain about every single person who has a different oppinion than theirs and when yall do things like when you "translated" the chief. Gay people are not on a pedestal.
Posted by getoveryourself on July 3, 2009 at 2:55 PM · Report this
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You guys needed to learn to respect in humans society. We are humans being. You shouldn't treats us bad. If you noticed, we all sicks no matters who we are. No one is perfect. We're born to be semimentality. For those who's go agaisn't gay or straight. 3 words for you. FUCK YOUR SELF.
Posted by Pink-Lady on July 3, 2009 at 3:59 PM · Report this
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Like most everyone on this board, I am frustrated, furious, and sad over this atrocious assault. #238, GTFO, no one wants to read that kind of bullshit on this board. You are sickening, please leave. And to everyone calling for a boycott of Texas, let me just say we welcome a boycott if it will help bring justice to these fucking redneck homophobe cops. They suck.
Posted by rain on July 3, 2009 at 6:08 PM · Report this
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More murderous cops. I hope someone tracks them down and beats the fuck out of them. What these stupid pigs dont realize is that they put all cops in danger, including the few good ones. There was a time that if I had seen an officer being atttacked by a thug, I would have tried to help in some way. No more. I would now assume that the pig deserved it and would move on. There is great hostility toward cops now, and it is well deserved, I'd say. I am still seething over the Mace Hutchinson case near Branson MO, where Mace was tased 19 times while laid out on the ground with a broken back and foot. It is believed by many that he was thrown off an overpass by pigs (the pig story is he fell or jumped) and that they were trying to kill him. Amazingly, ALL of the pig's dash cams were not working (there were 6, I think) and the bastards got off scott free. I used to think the black man was crazy with all of the pig abuse claims, but now I know that they were telling it straight. I am from Shreveport, and there are many similar stories there as well. I HATE PIGS! (and for the record, I have never been arrested for anything, so its not sour grapes)

Also, when did it become illegal to be drunk in a bar? Really? Things have changed since my drinking days!
Posted by talliewakker on July 3, 2009 at 11:01 PM · Report this
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I have sent the following email to the mayor, councillors and Fort Worth Police Department. I don't know if it will help, but at least if they read it they may comprehend that the rest of the world is watching. I am dumbfounded that such incidents happen in your country and support you all in fighting for equal rights. I am only able to offer support through emails, blogs etc as I live half a world away in Australia. My thoughts & prayers to Chad & his family.

"The news stories that I have read about the Fort Worth Texas police officers and TABC representatives actions at the recent raid on the Rainbow Lounge confirm the widely held view in Australia that Americans in general, and Texans in particular, are uneducated, insular people. Many refer to these type of people as rednecks, but "rednecks" seem to revel in that description not realising that it is in fact an insult.
This whole story just adds to my view that many Americans are extremely uneducated and un-worldy. Americans have an extremely low comparative rate of citizens with passports which points to the fact that many Americans do not travel beyond "their own backyard" and therefore have little or no understanding of any peoples or cultures different to themselves.
How sad that in this exciting globalised world in which we have so many opportunities to learn about others, that there are those who are so ignorant that they think it is acceptable to injure others who are different to themselves.
I thank God (or whichever supreme being you believe in, or don't believe in) that I don't live in Texas, or even the United States!
Yet another story for us Australians to tag with "only in America" and laugh at how backward and ignorant the United States is. You do realise that most Australians have no respect for the United States - most just laugh at the ridiculousness of your country and the Fort Worth Texas Rainbow Lounge incident gives us more reason to do so.
I grieve for the many American citizens who are not ignorant, insular, "rednecks". They have to live with the terrible reputation created by the few (who are often whole communities) who perpetrate such hideous crimes against other human beings."
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Posted by Darryl in Australia on July 3, 2009 at 11:06 PM · Report this
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I failed to mention that Mace Hutchinson was a very slight 16 year old boy, and this happened on his 16th birthday! The police chief there backed his officers 100%, though the officer's stories kept changing and were obviously a sack of lies.
Posted by talliewakker on July 3, 2009 at 11:20 PM · Report this
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Once AGAIN Dan Savage spouts off about something before he knows ANY facts AT ALL! Just because it has to do with some faggot bar Savage gets all huffy puffy about it. Shut the fuck up Dan Savage, you AIDS infested little boy lover.

Look at the FACTS Savage...don't make them up like you ALWAYS do! This Gibson guy groped police officers and the police are supposed to let it happen? I know in your NO VALUES world that is OK behaivor, but in the REAL world (aka the STRAIGHT world) it is NOT acceptable, and the officers have a right to protect themselves AND take the faggot into custody...and if he is stupid enough to fight them they will use whatever means neccesary to gain the upper hand and get him into custody.

Being a faggot in Texas is stupid anyways! GOD HATES YOU DAN SAVAGE!
Posted by JESUS HATES DAN SAVAGE on July 4, 2009 at 2:49 AM · Report this
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Talliewacker- It IS illegal to be DRUNK in a bar. You can drink, but can't get drunk. But you wouldn't know because you have no values and no respect for the law!
Posted by GOD HATES YOU on July 4, 2009 at 2:53 AM · Report this
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I just can't get over the stupidity shown by people such as JHDS. Acceptance of bigotry of any sort in this day and age is unacceptable. I hope that the city does the right thing and bring these men to trial and allow for the truth to come out.

And GHY, if it is illegal to be drunk in a bar, why haven't we heard of any other bars being raided and people being arrested? I know plenty of straight idiots that would probably be dragged off in handcuffs if someone tried to tell them to stop drinking.
Posted by Sick of Intolerant Idiots on July 4, 2009 at 4:23 AM · Report this
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Oh, and I meant to add: I don't want my daughters growing up in a society that thinks that police brutality is acceptable against anyone!
Posted by Sick of Intolerant Idiots on July 4, 2009 at 4:25 AM · Report this
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No 'god hates you', I wouldnt know because I've not been in a bar in 21 years. I have a lot of values, and I do respect the law. That is why the unlawful behavior of these pigs bothers me so much. It is a double whammy. The law was broken, and it was broken by the very pigs that were paid to uphold it! Your God sucks. My God does not hate anyone!
Posted by talliewakker on July 4, 2009 at 5:12 AM · Report this
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Comment #178 . . . I needed a good laugh! Even though I doubt it was meant to be funny. Thanks.
Posted by slowbaker on July 4, 2009 at 6:03 AM · Report this
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if the individual with a brain injury does not survive i think everyone who cares should just say fuck it and raid the police station the same way they did the bar. Fuck being pushed around by a bullshit closed minded government. it says in the constitution we have the rights to overthrow our government and perform a complete reform to it. Because of certain laws that have been passed in the the recent decade this is no longer a viable tactic to correct the wrongs in our system today so I say lets fight fire with fire. WORLD GOVERNMENT REFORM. we have the power of the masses. fuck the 5 million troops cause theres 6 billion ppl in the world today. we should all come together, start a tweet about that.
Posted by iactuallycare on July 4, 2009 at 10:31 AM · Report this
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oh ps. this world was started with extremist and extremists are the only ones who have ever made a difference. go extreme or be brutally beatin for your beliefs.
Posted by iactuallycare on July 4, 2009 at 10:33 AM · Report this
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Dan: I appreciate the coverage, but the headline is deceptive. Police chief Jeff Halstead did not use the word "faggot." I agree that his defense may imply many things, but he did not say that word.
Posted by frodojrr http://www.enewspf.com on July 4, 2009 at 10:51 AM · Report this
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Thought I'd post the email I sent to the Fort Worth police department and others. Thanks to Dan for the addresses.

To:
fwpdweb@fortworthpd.com, District3@fortworthgov.org, District4@fortworthgov.org, District5@fortworthgov.org, District6@fortworthgov.org, District7@fortworthgov.org, mike.moncrief@fortworthgov.org
Bcc:
Joel.Burns@fortworthgov.org

As a lesbian who happily, and safely, celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall in my hometown of New York, I'm horrified that the same shit is happening, just in a different part of the country.

I agree with the owner of the Rainbow Lounge that these men who were assaulted probably didn't sexually molest the officers. Most gay people are at least a little wary of cops, why deliberately put ourselves in danger?

In any case, it's a flimsy excuse for attacking a man in such a brutal way that he is in intensive care and might die. This is not his fault, not gay people's faults. This is the fault of the people who did this to him, the police who arrested and attacked people who weren't doing anything wrong.

If the police department of Fort Worth doesn't want to have thousands of activists ramming this point home, just take responsibility. Discipline those officers who assaulted citizens. Apologize to Chad Gibson and his family when he recovers (I hope) and pay for his medical bills.

The world isn't the same as it was 40 years ago. When the same thing happened at Stonewall, pretty much only gay people in New York knew about it. Now, this news is all over the country and gay people aren't used to being treated like 3rd class citizens anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if public opinion turned against the mayor if he doesn't do the right thing here. Mayor Moncrief, listen to the people and your conscience, and speak out against police brutality in the gay community.

Councilmembers, stand with Joel Burns, your colleague, against hatred and violence. If any of you call yourself religious, ask yourself if God wants his creations almost killing each other over this. It's an easy answer. Now do the right thing.

Saddened but hopeful for humanity,
Leonora Stein
Brooklyn, NY
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Posted by Brooklyngirl http://www.babbosbooks.com on July 4, 2009 at 11:09 AM · Report this
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Being very pro-gay rights, I still have to side with the officers on this unless a single piece of evidence sides with the assumption making author of the article. The only lines in this article that show a hatred of gays is when the author places words in the mouths of the officers, with lines such as, "Allow me to translate the chief's comments..." ANY article that puts quotes around a line where the author is assuming the thoughts of an individual is NOT an article to be taken seriously. No hatred of gays has been proven here, the bias of the author is unreal, made especially obvious with the lie about most people in Fort Worth not knowing where a gay bar is even located. For the record, Fort Worth is fairly close to the single largest gay community in the entire country, and having lived in the area for six years I can guarantee that a huge percent of the people there can give directions to at least a dozen gay bars all within a short drive of the area.

The only facts listed in the article are that the police came into the bar and some people ended up being injured. Police say a man hit his head outside, author ASSUMES the injury happened intentionally based ONLY on his own personal bias. Not a single piece of evidence exists to show that the injury was caused by anything other than what the officer said happen. Unless a security video or a camera phone or ANYTHING is provided to show that the officers are lying, then to actually write a post claiming something else happened is among the poorest of tastes and the reason why today's young writers are so often not taken seriously. Extremism in support of gay rights is still extremism, and making assumptions of the innocent (if they are innocent of course, but nothing exists to show otherwise) only widens the rift. The author sounds just as hateful of straight people as anti-gay extremists are of the gay community.

Horrible articles like this are what further pushes apart the two communities. When an assumption can be made about gay people OR straight people, then we're faced with biased information that can't be relied upon. The ACLU needs to stay waaaaay the heck back unless FIRST something can be provided to show that the accusations of the writer are true, to do otherwise would be nothing other than intentionally creating a rift in order to garner attention, which never sides well with the accuser in the long run. If the Chief actually made the comments the author claimed the Chief was thinking (while in extremely poor editorial taste putting the assumption in actual QUOTES for god's sake!), then I'd be all over that Chief. But the fact remains that he NEVER made that comment, it was a thought bubble the author assumes the Chief was thinking without any reason to make that assumption.

Yes, gay people touch police officers inappropriately when police enter gay bars. I've witnessed it on more than one occasion. Guess what? Gay people are just regular people too, and drunk people do stupid things like grope strangers and tease cops. I've seen this happen to cops in gay bars, and I've seen it happen in straight bars. Anyone who claims that this never happens is stereotyping an entire group of people.

Here's the facts, ALL of the known facts. Police enter gay bar for inspection, people end up injured. Police make complaint of drunk people inappropriately making advances on them, something that DRUNK PEOPLE HAPPEN TO DO. Most serious injury, police claim man hit his head outside when they were trying to arrest him.....and that is ALL of the information. Not a single piece of actual known data suggests this had anything to do with the people in the bar being gay. Not a single piece of actual known data suggests that the Chief is against gay-rights. And that's it, the rest of the writing was all filler, assumptions and delusions on the part of someone who tries to gain support by making false and wild accusations against people without probable cause. Prove assault from the officers, do something about it. Prove it had to do with the people being gay, then do something about it. Otherwise, stop making assumptions and only making yourself out to be an extremist biased instigator.
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I think this is outrageous. We need to respect each other as people. No one has a right to hurt someone else unless their life is in danger and they are defending themselves from further attack. The police should protect not Brutalize people. RESPECT is the key word here for everyone to remember. If you don't want to be "hit on" don't go into a bar, wether it is a gay bar or not. If you choose to go out just say you are "NOT interested" or that you "are in a relationship" and let it go. No need for violence if we all mind our manners. I hope Mr. Gibson recovers from this terrible ordeal and that justice is served. There is already too much injustice.

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I think this is outrageous. We need to respect each other as people. No one has a right to hurt someone else unless their life is in danger and they are defending themselves from further attack. The police should protect not Brutalize people. RESPECT is the key word here for everyone to remember. If you don't want to be "hit on" don't go into a bar, wether it is a gay bar or not. If you choose to go out just say you are "NOT interested" or that you "are in a relationship" and let it go. No need for violence if we all mind our manners. I hope Mr. Gibson recovers from this terrible ordeal and that justice is served. There is already too much injustice.

Kim
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Mr. Jungus Jordan was the only local councilperson to respond to my email sent to all, including the mayor. His response to my concerns over the inequal treatment of gays and lack of support for the victim (to which I give him kudos for even bothering, when the others all ignored me):

Thank you for your email concerning the unfortunate incident at the Rainbow Lounge. I have called for a complete and thorough investigation of this matter, and that all findings be formally reported to the full City Council.

Fort Worth has earned its well-established reputation as a community where all people are treated with respect. We pride ourselves on our active practice of the "Golden Rule" because we sincerely believe and adhere to the principles of individual liberty and common courtesy.

I firmly believe that ours is the finest, best-trained professional police department in the world, and any violation of civil rights by any citizen or employee will not be tolerated. Chief Halstead has guaranteed the citizens and Council this investigation will be handled in full compliance with the highest standards of conduct, civil rights and integrity.

I personally assure you that my fellow Council Members and I will insist upon the thorough scrutiny of this incident, and fully evaluate all the facts before issuing any official rulings.

Again, thank you for your inquiry.

Sincerely,
Jungus Jordan
Council Member
City of Fort Worth
District 6
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TEXAS WOULD NOT DARE TO ATTACK JEWISH PATRONS IN A JEWISH LOUNGE, BUT GAYS ...?

Replace the label GAY with the label JEW and the entire western world would be in an uproar. One Jewish organization after another would threaten a boycott of Dallas/Fort Worth as conference centers for professional organizations (physicians, lawyers, teachers, librarians, etc.).

And what do we get? No apology from the police chief and a lecture from the local newspaper, the fairly influential FW Star Telegram. By throwing in a few crumbs, the Public Relations Dept. knows only too well that time will probably work in their favor with gay people being grateful that a little education program may get started some time in the future, and then it’s back to a subtler form of homophobia.

The local press has much to answer for. Imagine the following editorial in the Star Telegram:

“The Police Department informed THE STAR OF DAVID Lounge management in advance that an inspection would take place the night of PASSOVER. Why didn’t the managers educate the officers about the date’s significance? That’s need-to-know information for uniformed law enforcement officers showing up at a JEWISH bar on that date.

It’s also need-to-know for any JEWISH bar patron that laying a hand on a police officer will result in a quick trip to jail.

Drinking to the point of intoxication is a crime even in a bar. Officers tasked with enforcing alcohol laws must make sure local and state statutes are observed regardless of the date on the calendar, PASSOVER OR NO PASSOVER. The residents of Fort Worth who share the streets with bar patrons throughout the city expect as much.

Law enforcement officers also must follow agency procedures to make sure inspections are conducted professionally and legally.

Why would a police supervisor, six officers and two TABC agents knowingly risk their own careers, the reputations of their departments and a public relations nightmare WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY by engaging in targeted or overly aggressive enforcement against a RELIGIOUS minority group? We’re not sure they would, but as we said, there are more questions than answers at this point.”

Excuse me while I go throw up my breakfast–INDEED.

For the original editorial from the Star Ledger, identical with mine, except for the Jewish references, courtesy of Mark Reed, posted on July 3rd, 2009 at 7:27 am, click here:

http://www.dallasvoice.com/instant-tea/2…
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Posted by Socrates on July 5, 2009 at 1:02 PM · Report this
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How many straight bars (mostly white patrons) were also subjected to the police state actions that day?
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This is absolutely disgusting. have people got no brains or soul anymore? Morons like that should not be aloud in our society. We dont have to LEARN to accept each other, as it should be already in our brains as a normal thing. Dickheads like that who are uneducated,television-raised and ignorant should be put into the shoes of people who were at the club. I can continue to bring out their stupidity for the rest of day but im just not going to waste my time. I think we should LEARN by now that people like that are to be avoided at all costs. WTH are you guys doing in conservative Texas anyhow? Come to Australia! We dont care at all! We will show you the best time.
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The FWPD has a history of picking on defenseless groups who they feel are vulnerable and prone to abuse. It is packed with the KKK element and Neo-Nazi wannabees, and minority officers have no ability to tamp down the discrimination for fear of their careers and harassment against them. Consequently, they go along with the KKK element in the department.

There is a built in conflict of interest in law enforcement. The FWPD is beholden to the criminal defense lawyers for petty criminal offenses who rely on the PD for "business". The Judges, PD and Lawyers are in a triangular relationship which relies on these bogus arrests for "income". Consequently an investigation can only be conducted by the DoJ which is questionable since they also have a vested interest in not disrupting the steady, orderly flow and application of "the law".

I was arrested by the FWPD for "public intoxication" which was just an excuse to "generate income" for the triangular system of fraud. I told the Police Officer I was going to file a Federal Racketeering lawsuit against him, the department and the Judge (the county judiciary) and would dismantle their fraudulent operation. He tried to intimidate me by pointing to the camera inside his vehicle and saying, "You're comments are being recorded". I said, "Good, I want the Police Chief and the Judge to see this tape so they know based on your actions and this fraudulent arrest, I am going to haul them into Federal Court under federal racketeering law, Civil R.I.C.O. alleging damages beyond their ability to pay. Needless to say, even though I was compliant and orderly on the way to jail and in jail I got roughed up pretty bad (civil rights violations) for my comments. A Judge was called in, in the middle of the night and asked me to enter a plea which was not guilty. I was released on the spot and waited for the summons for trial. You guessed it. Now all records of the arrest, and my plea of not guilty etc has disappeared and no summons ever came in the mail. So you see entire thing (arrest) was a complete scam to generate income for a bunch of greedy racist (anti gay) chronic underachieving frauds.
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@257, Mr. Jordan is also the only one who has responded to my emails.

You guys can drop District 6 Councilmember (Jungus Jordan) from your future emails and mails b/c he fully supports the independent investigation.

I guess we could all email/mail him with Thanks, though, as well as Joel Burns and the other Councilmembers supporting the investigation.

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I'm going to hell for suggesting this, but do you think they had an undercover homophobe cop in there who actually was groped?

I have to work at a somewhat gay bar, and from what I can tell. The super drunk gay guys get pretty grabby. I have nothing against gayness, AT ALL! And minor assault isn't something to justify sending someone to the hospital for in my book. But throw in some angry self concious Texans, and you never what you can get.

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I would love to take a bat to all of those officers knees, tell them to bring that shit to Kansas City, and see what happens. TOTAL RIOT! I used to be pacifist, but it just doesn't work.
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Being gay is not the point! They were not attacked because they are gay; they just happen to be gay. The same situation in a straight bar would never get this ridiculous publicity. Speaking as an officer I am certain the officers handled the situation accordingly. Fort Worth PD is one of the finest departments in this country. Six officers (give or take) went in to enforce laws and caused an uproar amongst probably hundreds of patrons. I'm certain the officers responded as trained. You people have no idea how it is to have to go in amongst a crowd of drunks whose behavior is being fueled both by alcohol and the adrenaline of a rambunctious crowd. Don't be so quick to judge or dismiss the possibilty that Mr. Gibson's injuries weren't self inflicted and/or alcohol related.
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What happened to Chad is sad. I have worked with many police officers and many police departments. I have worked with straight and gay officers, male and female. I have a great deal of respect for what they do, and the situations that the shear nature of their job puts them into. I have been a bouncer at bars where things roll into chaos as quickly as the front door opens or the bottle cap flips off the next cold one. This does not in any way justify brutality against anyone.

What I find equally disgusting is the general reaction that some commentators here have regarding the general population of the city and state. I have lived here in North Texas for 40+ years. Yes, there are those among us that are intolerant of others; I have known some who are intolerant, judgmental, bigoted, racist, homophobic, anti-Semite, and whatever other group you can throw in there .... I have no tolerance for these people and as soon as I realize I have someone like that in my personal life, I expel them as quickly as I realize they are there, like stepping on a roach running across the floor. However, not everyone who lives in Texas is a redneck homophobe.

In my observation of the comments, what I am seeing from many of commentators is exactly what I described in the previous paragraph. Only in many cases, it is directed toward Texas and Texans. I am a Texan, and do not fit the mold of ANY of the hate-filled, judgmental comments made about us. Why are there so many attacks on someone’s faith? Or where they live? Or if they are straight? Or education? Why is one set of bigoted, judgmental behaviors wrong, while the others are justified? I just do not get double standards...

My thoughts are that every bar, gay or straight, should have surveillance equipment... we all have video camera phones now anyway so that should not be a big deal to anyone. The video should be digitally archived off-site so no one can 'confiscate' the recordings (easy to do with broadband these days). And patrons and LEOs are made aware that the premise is being recorded... Inside and out... Such awareness may make others, patrons and LEOs, think before acting inappropriately.

Bottom line, if the FWPD is found negligent, then the officers involved in this incident need to lose their job, and their commission, and the right to carry a weapon. Just firing them is not sufficient. They need to NEVER be able to be a police officer again.

My prayers go to Chad, his family, his friends, and our community… there needs to be a lot of healing, but, yes it is cliché considering the timing, as the Michael Jackson song title implies, look at the man, or woman, in the mirror to start making changes. This is true for everyone.
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This is what you get when you mix ignorance with fear, and put a uniform on it! What do you expect from a state that drives trucks with rubber "balls" hanging from the trailer hitch. This would explain the complete "pig ignorance" of these pin head haters.
I believe this passage says it all......
You can safely assume that you've created god in your own image, when it turns out that God hates the same kind of people you do!
Posted by buffettfan05 on July 8, 2009 at 6:14 PM · Report this
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My thoughts n prayers with this man and his family.....

As far as the police go..they shame the badges they wear..and they should be removed!!!

Anne-Marie

Canada
Posted by Anne-Marie on July 10, 2009 at 2:19 AM · Report this
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You guys have no idea what you're talking about. Everything I've read in the blog and most of the comments are nothing but fiction. I live in Fort Worth. I KNOW the Police Cheif. He would never even THINK of saying the things you atribute to him. Had you done your homework on Cheif Halsted, you would discover that the things you accuse him of saying and doing are not in his character.

Chad Gibson is not on his death bed but is in fact, home from the hospital. It's interesting that originally, there were threats of lawsuits from Mr. Gibson but now he's backed off from the idea. Maybe someone let him know he would have to tell the truth about what REALLY happened if he had to testify.

There are and will be several investigations by different agencies. Let's see what they discover before we pass judgement on these law enforcement officials.

Oh, and by the way, I AM a GAY man in Fort Worth, Texas.
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If you actually knew him, you wouldn't have spelled his name wrong.

You've proven that you don't understand the severity of clots in the brain or how delicate cerebral tissue is. Gibson was on his potential deathbed.

Do we really not know what we're talking about? Cause it seems like we aren't alone in reporting this story.

http://www.dallasvoice.com/instant-tea/2…
http://www.towleroad.com/2009/07/chad-gi…
http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?sto…
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/…
Posted by Disgusted Wolverine on July 14, 2009 at 5:10 PM · Report this
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The mayor has issued a public apology, and I received this statement in my email today from Ms. Michelle Reynolds who is the Council Aide to Councilman Frank Moss District 5, which says:

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release

7/14/2009
FORT WORTH, TX -
Chief Appoints Interim Liaison
Today during the City of Fort Worth Pre-Council meeting Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey W. Halstead announced his appointment of an interim liaison to the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender community. Officer Sara Straten stepped forward after learning of the chief's request for a volunteer to serve the GLBT community in a liaison role. Officer Straten is a 17-year veteran and has served in previous assignments such as patrol, North Division Crime Response Team, East Division Zero Tolerance Unit, the Gang Unit, and the Training Division as a background investigator. She is currently assigned to the North Division as a Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) serving the Fossil Creek, Summerfields, and Arcadia Park neighborhoods. Her duties will now include being a liaison to the GLBT community which means attending meetings, events, functions, etc... and being a direct conduit to the chief's office.
Officer Straten will act in an interim capacity enabling the police department to evaluate and search for possible funding for a full-time position at which time Chief Halstead will seek input from various community leaders to ensure their involvement in the selection process.
"We've acted with urgency to quickly bridge the communication gap between the police department and the GLBT community. Our intent is to move forward in establishing a new relationship that consists of mutual understanding and respect." Chief Halstead
Officer Straten will be available at tonight's city council meeting to answer questions.

For additional information, or to download any included attachments for this post, please login to the FWPD Public Information Portal at: http://www.fortworthgov.org/applications…

I'm not saying it's enough, but I am saying that they're taking steps to acknowledge the disconnect between the LBGT community and the hetero community.

My prayers are with Chad, even though he's doing better. It should never have happened.
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Posted by Lynda on July 17, 2009 at 11:57 AM · Report this
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@11-"Sadly, Colorado is known for it's Backwoods, Good-Old-Boy network/ Redneck legal system.
I wouldn't be surprised if the cops get off with a slap on the wrist...disgusting"

I'm from Denver and very insulted by this. Maybe this applied to rural Colorado (much like any state, including Washington and Oregon), but Denver (and Boulder) are both very progressive cities and given the combined metro areas contain half of the state's population your ignorant generalization is very unfounded.

And don't ever lump us in with the south and Texas.
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There was a time that if I had seen an officer being atttacked by a thug, I would have tried to help in some way. No more. I would now assume that the pig deserved it and would move on. There is great hostility toward cops now, and it is well deserved, I'd say.

Regards, Sildenafil
Posted by Marlena on September 22, 2009 at 3:40 AM · Report this
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Please God, why didn't AIDS kill all of the disgusting homos?

If they were all dead, this would never have happened! :-)

You people [liberals and homos] all make me sick! You really need to commit mass suicide or something... Really, you would think in this day and age science would of come up with a cure for the gay disease (mental disorder).

Thanks! :-D
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I guess that's the price you pay for being a faggot ass funny bunny.
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That's watcha get for bein a faggot.
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Penni Carroll Penni Carroll what a trip. Read your story. I am a Pre-med student at O.S.U. The bleeding ulcers are not caused by stress,thats an old myth. This Penni Carroll should be told they are caused bacteria called Helicobutes Pylon and the use of NSAID painkillers. This Penni Carroll should stop using homophobic terms and start taking care of her health. I hope her doctor is not telling her to have a stress free life,because no one does. Take care Rick and hopefully this Penni Carroll stops this behavior. Eric
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Penni Carroll would never lie. I know Penni Carroll, and Penni Carroll is not the lying type. Penni Carroll is a great women. You are the woman who is bad. Bad. Bad. I love Penni Carroll, she makes my heart sing - buh duh buh duh. Penni Carroll and I are best friends and will always be so stop badmouthing her you Penni Carroll hating sonuvagun. Penni Carroll and I are getting married in the spring. Lesbian love, I'm just so gay for Penni Carroll. Don't like Penni Carroll? Well get over it! Love, "Big Buella" Bertha.
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I didnt agree with the raid but yes that faggot had it comming , how dare he grab a cop by his balls, that club is just trash and so is management...I went a few times and seen drugs and people doing stuff sexualy for money .. Rainbow lounge should be shutt down forever. pss , im also gay.
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Faggot got what he had coming to him. Good job Fort Worth Police!
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I am an Australian who was coming to Forth Worth for the upcoming Pride Celebrations.

I have been reading with concern the information about the assault at the Rainbow lounge - not only the extent of the assault but also how it came to occur.

I find it both disturbing and extreme that such violence can occur within the realms of a modern U.S City with such disdain from so many in official office.

I love visiting the USA with all its cultural differences and the freedom we so often speak of these days. Especially with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up.

I cant help but wonder how much hatred and or extreme discrimination there is in place to make / allow this type of situation to occur. I have travelled to many cities in the USA and never been subjected to any issues, but I must admit that reading the articles about this incident make me question whether Dallas / Fort Worth is a place worth visiting other than to support the local gay community. Certainly I would not want to subject myself to the type of discrimination and "abuse" that seems to have taken place.

The events at Stonewall (which I am sure you are aware of) took place nearly 40 years ago. Has nothing been learnt from that or in the time since ? Maybe the Police Chief should attend Sydneys Mardi Gras Parade & Party to see how the Police there seem to control the extremely large crowd with respect and very little issue.

Certainly the day to day affairs of a (gay) bar need to be "controlled" but - walk throughs ? Police inspections? Do the brothels of the city and the food outlet places have as stringent inspections and controls and receive the same amount of discrimination or moral persecution ? I suggest maybe not ? Remembering - it is the USA - not Russia or some Taliban controlled region.

It saddens me to read of these issues still occurring anywhere. I was looking forward to seeing all the big hats and the Rodeo events, but, not at the expense of threat to my personal safety by those in authority, when I am only looking to enjoy myself responsibly.

I hope that you are able to move forward with this issue to enable it to become a positive force for the future.

Seeking justice and equality.
With regards and Concern

P J

sent to the local mayor and councillors / chamber of commerce

Melbourne / Australia
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I am an Australian who was coming to Forth Worth for the upcoming Pride Celebrations.

I have been reading with concern the information about the assault at the Rainbow lounge - not only the extent of the assault but also how it came to occur.

I find it both disturbing and extreme that such violence can occur within the realms of a modern U.S City with such disdain from so many in official office.

I love visiting the USA with all its cultural differences and the freedom we so often speak of these days. Especially with the anniversary of 9/11 coming up.

I cant help but wonder how much hatred and or extreme discrimination there is in place to make / allow this type of situation to occur. I have travelled to many cities in the USA and never been subjected to any issues, but I must admit that reading the articles about this incident make me question whether Dallas / Fort Worth is a place worth visiting other than to support the local gay community. Certainly I would not want to subject myself to the type of discrimination and "abuse" that seems to have taken place.

The events at Stonewall (which I am sure you are aware of) took place nearly 40 years ago. Has nothing been learnt from that or in the time since ? Maybe the Police Chief should attend Sydneys Mardi Gras Parade & Party to see how the Police there seem to control the extremely large crowd with respect and very little issue.

Certainly the day to day affairs of a (gay) bar need to be "controlled" but - walk throughs ? Police inspections? Do the brothels of the city and the food outlet places have as stringent inspections and controls and receive the same amount of discrimination or moral persecution ? I suggest maybe not ? Remembering - it is the USA - not Russia or some Taliban controlled region.

It saddens me to read of these issues still occurring anywhere. I was looking forward to seeing all the big hats and the Rodeo events, but, not at the expense of threat to my personal safety by those in authority, when I am only looking to enjoy myself responsibly.

I hope that you are able to move forward with this issue to enable it to become a positive force for the future.

Seeking justice and equality.
With regards and Concern

P J

sent to the local mayor and councillors / chamber of commerce

Melbourne / Australia
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Intentional skull bashing and brain injury is rampant across the US and should be prosecuted. It is a flaw in the legal system and only a citizen oversight group or grand jury will correct the administrative negligence by district attorneys for police brain injury. I would recommend federal prison for any officers using two or more cops to intentionally inflict brain injury and a massive lawsuit. Death sentence for cops smashing skulls into concrete. Current "DOWN ON THE GROUND" cop arrest tactics are designed to make skull injury easier for sick cop predators. 5 lbs can crack a skull against the street. Cops then sneak up from behind and kneel on the skull to inflict brain trauma.
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Intentional skull bashing and brain injury is rampant across the US and should be prosecuted. It is a flaw in the legal system and only a citizen oversight group or grand jury will correct the administrative negligence by district attorneys for police brain injury. I would recommend federal prison for any officers using two or more cops to intentionally inflict brain injury and a massive lawsuit. Death sentence for cops smashing skulls into concrete. Current "DOWN ON THE GROUND" cop arrest tactics are designed to make skull injury easier for sick cop predators. 5 lbs can crack a skull against the street. Cops then sneak up from behind and kneel on the skull to inflict brain trauma.
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I think that 400K sums it up. Shame on you TABC. I have in the past, I have been to the 651 Club, now the Rainbow Lounge, Seen TABC for years and never seen anything like that. Very regretful this happened. I'm a little late on this, but still care. Good luck Mr. Gibson, on your recovery. I hope and pray your back to where you were in you life when this happened. Fort Worth, I thought we were better than Montana. Mr. Sheppard, lost his life.. and the men who committed this hate crime were not members of the law enforcement. Fort Worth, this really looks bad. It will take a long time to make this up and recover. Do you realize the amount of business - tax paying business that are owned by gay citizens? More than you know. You better hope these business stay and new gay business choose to open. It’s not up to the City of Fort Worth to judge the pots and pans of the gay community and who’s right or wrong. This is America.. Let’s all remember that. Again Fort Worth, shame on you! By the way, you DID NOT write the Bible. I have read the Bible cover to cover and it talks more about what straight people do wrong verses the dammed acts of homosexuality. So YOU need to get REALLY right in your life bro!
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I think that 400K sums it up. Shame on you TABC. I have in the past, I have been to the 651 Club, now the Rainbow Lounge, Seen TABC for years and never seen anything like that. Very regretful this happened. I'm a little late on this, but still care. Good luck Mr. Gibson, on your recovery. I hope and pray your back to where you were in you life when this happened. Fort Worth, I thought we were better than Montana. Mr. Sheppard, lost his life.. and the men who committed this hate crime were not members of the law enforcement. Fort Worth, this really looks bad. It will take a long time to make this up and recover. Do you realize the amount of business - tax paying business that are owned by gay citizens? More than you know. You better hope these business stay and new gay business choose to open. It’s not up to the City of Fort Worth to judge the pots and pans of the gay community and who’s right or wrong. This is America.. Let’s all remember that. Again Fort Worth, shame on you! By the way, you DID NOT write the Bible. I have read the Bible cover to cover and it talks more about what straight people do wrong verses the dammed acts of homosexuality. So, it's you that needs to get right with the lord BRO!
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Tough! You queers need to get out of Texas and US as a whole! I am getting sick and tired of you AIDS infested parasites! Too bad that the police didn't use you freaks for target practice!
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Dumb southern white man, the bain of our society!
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