Fort Worth Police, TABC Clear Themselves In Gay-Bar Raid

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A lot of people were up in arms about the raid by Fort Worth police and TABC agents on the Rainbow Lounge, a gay bar in Fort Worth.

Patrons were beat up because, cops reportedly said, they were making goo-goo eyes at police, or however such things are described in official police language.

You'll be glad to know that all the outrage was not necessary -- the cops and agents didn't do anything wrong. Says the TABC. And the FWPD, who told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram no officers would be disciplined.

Who better to investigate the agencies' actions than the agencies themselves? We'd be hard-pressed to say.

Two TABC agents have already been fired for violating some policies, and the agency vigorously pointed to that to show they took this whole thing very, very seriously.

"Although the evidence did not show that our agents targeted the bar or used excessive force, it does not take away from the fact that the agents violated several policies that night," said Administrator Alan Steen. "I want to take another opportunity to say that this is not how we treat people, and we have been looking at this from every angle to find ways to make sure it does not happen again."

So: The bar wasn't targeted because it was gay, and no one used excessive force in splitting heads.

Case closed. Nothing to see hear, folks. Move along.

And watch your step.

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