Wow, how’s this for an about-face?
Fort Worth’s top cop, the one who came across as cavalier and condescending while first discussing last weekend’s raid at the Rainbow Lounge, is now doing the ol’ soft shoe.
A police press release says Chief Jeffrey W. Halstead has suspended all operations with the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC) “until we gain a better understanding of the events that occurred at the Rainbow Lounge.”
Also, Halstead “desires to learn about the historical relationship between the TABC and the Fort Worth Police Department.”
The chief goes on to say he will conduct meetings with TABC officials to establish “clearly defined roles and responsibilities” of each organization with the intent to better serve the community in conducting inspections.
Halstead is inviting community leaders to meet with him to “gain their input on how the Fort Worth Police Department can deliver improved service to all who live in, work in, and visit the City of Fort Worth.”
Finally, the press release goes on to say that the chief will collaborate with the city’s Human Resource Department to ensure that current and future Fort Worth Police officers will be trained in multiculturalism, “specifically in consideration to the GLBT community.”
This is quite a different response from those first couple of days when the police department’s company line was more along the lines of, hey, the cops were doing a routine inspection, got pawed and groped by drunken, sex-crazed gay folk, and reacted accordingly, simply doing their jobs, no big deal, everybody take a deep breath, chill out, nothing to look at here.