How To Celebrate Gay Pride Day In Fort Worth: Bust Some Heads

How did cops in Fort Worth celebrate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, that epic day when gays fought back against cops harassing them in a bar? By harassing gays in a bar. Allegedly.

Protests have sprung up in Cowtown over events at the Rainbow Lounge Sunday night.

The Dallas Voice reports:

Sources have said that seven people were arrested in the raid although witnesses at the scene said many more people were handcuffed with zip ties and taken out of the bar. One man, identified by his sister as Chad Gibson, was in the intensive care unit at Fort Worth's JPS Hospital with bleeding in his brain after officers threw him to the ground and used zip-ties to handcuff him.

FWPD put out a release saying, essentially, its officers were just too damn attractive for the gay guys in the bar.

Fort Worth police released a statement Sunday saying that the Rainbow Lounge was one of three bars targeted by six Fort Worth police officers, a supervisor and two agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. The group first went to the Rosedale Saloon and Cowboy Palace on Rosedale Street. Nine people were arrested, police reported.

The investigators then went to the Rainbow Lounge, the police statement said. While they were walking through the nightclub, an "extremely intoxicated patron made sexually explicit movements toward the police supervisor," the statement said. The person was arrested for public intoxication.

Another intoxicated person also made sexually explicit movements toward an officer and was arrested for public intoxication, the statement said. A third person assaulted a TABC agent by grabbing the agent's groin, according to the statement. He was taken outside and arrested for public intoxication.

And things went downhill from there.

We're sure there will be an extensive investigation into matters, and that "extensive" can mean different things to different people.

But we know people from Fort Worth; we've covered the cops there at times. Outsiders just don't know about FWPD tradition.

1. St. Patrick's Day.  Fort Worth cops wear black-and-tan uniforms on this day, just for laughs. They then bust a few heads after some Irish guys make passes at them.

2. Martin Luther King Day. Tip: Don't walk anywhere near a fire hose. Not to mention dogs.  But it's all good clean fun!! Until someone makes a pass at a cop, that is.

3. Mother's Day. FWPD and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission make "inspections" at every flower-filled "family restaurant" offering a Mother's Day special. It provides some momentary diversion for overdressed kids bored out of their minds, especially when Mom takes a liking to a man in uniform.

We could go on -- Juneteenth, Columbus Day, etc.

It's just a Fort Worth thing. The rest of us will never understand.

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Richard Connelly
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