News From Ft. Worth

Following up on a post I wrote a couple months ago, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has fired three agents involved in the June raid on a gay bar.

As you may recall, the raid happened to coincide with the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and left one patron in critical condition.

Two agents were fired for failing "to report that they used force when arresting the customer or that he was seriously injured" and for "participating in the raid without their supervisor's approval, disrupting the business during the raid and wearing improper attire." Their supervisor was fired for failing "to ensure that the agents submitted a report on using force during the arrest, did not take appropriate action after learning they didn't wear proper attire during the raid and did not notify supervisors that multiple arrests had been made that night."

Two others were also disciplined.

A report addressing whether the agents' use of force was appropriate during the raid is expected to be released in September.

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