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This weekend, on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots,police raided a new gay bar in Fort Worth.  Seven arrests were made for public intoxication, and one man remains in intensive care for blows he received while being "subdued" by police.  A protest was held Sunday afternoon to complain of the rough treatment and the terrible timing of the FWPD.

The Ft. Worth Chief of Police says, basically: The fags groped us and had it coming:

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."

Ladies and gentlemen, the "Gay Panic" defense.

Because of this "inappropriate grope", Chad Gibson, a 26-year old weighing 160 pounds, was taken down by 5 cops, leaving a dent in the wall where they thrust him.  Nevertheless, police claim that the head injury came later in the parking lot, where they assert Chad fell down and hit his head because he was too drunk to stand.  He now has a blood clot in his brain; it is unclear whether he will survive the attack.

Several witnesses mock the idea that any bar patron would be stupid enough to grope a cop, especially after arrests had already been made.  As the bar owner states:

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."

Still, except for a brief mention by Rachael Maddow last night, this seems to have been successfully swept under the rug.  I don't think the MSM is malicious here, but there is no interest in following up on the story.  

I know that once again some will say that this isn't a big deal, that the Texas Police often raid bars, and police everywhere are violent.  The idea that if a man "gropes" you can you inflict life-threatening injury seems a permanent part of our Law Enforcement.  I hope at least it isn't still a daily part of KOS.

Update x1:  The Ft. Worth Star Telegram reports on a meeting last night with the Police. They defend themselves by saying it wasn't us, it was TABC.

"They were not my employees," Halstead said during a meeting at an east Fort Worth church.

The police have officially asked for witnesses to step forward and testify.  Only two witnesses have come forward thus far, which is unfortunate.

In good news, Chad Gibson has been moved up to "fair" condition.

Originally posted to lostboyjim on Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 01:00 PM PDT.

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