The police came out with their internal investigation of their raid on a Ft. Worth gay bar, and I for one am grateful for the results: they didn't use excessive force in the raid.
The only thing police did wrong was not file paperwork quickly enough:
The long-awaited 1,000-page report is expected to fault officers for not writing a timely report on the June 28 raid of the Rainbow Lounge, but conclude officers did not use excessive force or violate other operational policies.
Officers are supposed to write reports by the end of every shift, but in this case the officer waited until the next day - after gay groups had launched protests, police said.
Chief Jeffrey Halstead was also set to announce Thursday if any of the officers will be disciplined.
Halstead has told city officials none of the officers will be fired but at least one may receive written reprimands or short suspensions, the officials said.
And, in this report, we find out that Chad Gibson, who was hospitalized for a week following the raid due to brain injury, wasn't bashed by police. He just fell down because he was drunk!
One customer, Chad Gibson, received a serious head injury and was hospitalized for a week.
Investigators concluded he was extremely drunk and hit his head when he fell outside while vomiting, not in an initial scuffle with officers inside the bar.
He's just clumsy like that, haha. You know Chad, always going to the hospital because he falls down. Guess he'll learn his lesson this time!
Also, it's obvious no homophobia was involved because the police raided two other bars that night. I'm relieved, because no homophobe would ever say that they're not homophobic!
The officers involved in the Fort Worth raid had no idea about the significance of the day in the gay community and did not target the bar because it catered to gay clientele, police have said. They also made arrests in two Latino bars earlier that night.
You see, it's equal opportunity bar raiding. As long as more straight bars than gay bars are raided, then there's no homophobia involved. And as long as they raid a gay bar or two, then there's no racism involved in their raids on Latino bars.
But, seriously, this is a joke. The police can't investigate themselves. Do we let bank robbers investigate their own crimes? Do we take anyone's word at face value when they say they didn't do something they were accused of doing?
The police say they're going to implement some changes:
The uproar led police to change the department's policy on bar inspections, requiring officers to get supervisor approval and document a history of problems. The Rainbow Lounge was celebrating its grand opening.
OMG they let police officers raid bars in Ft. Worth without permission from anyone or without saying why they want to do it.
They're changing the policy now, but, um, why was that their policy in the first place? A bar raid is a big event and usually violent - shouldn't they have to at least say why they're doing it? Isn't that just common sense?
Not that it would change anything. The Rainbow Lounge was just opening, so it couldn't have a history of problems. It still seems like police officers wanted to beat up some fags so they headed down to the Rainbow Lounge.
The only thing that would change people's opinions on this raid would be a formal, independent, and honest investigation. So far, that hasn't happened in Ft. Worth.