Fort Worth police have just released some reports relating to the raid at the Rainbow Lounge raid on the night of June 27-28. Their version differs markedly from the accounts of numerous bar patrons interviewed by Fort Worth Weekly and others.
Police said the decision to make the “bar check” came about after officers found a man passed out in his car, with his pants unzipped, just after midnight on June 26 and determined he had been over-served at the nearby Rainbow Lounge. Arrested for public intoxication, the man started “acting erratically” and slamming his head against the police cruiser’s window bars” on the way to jail.
(A list of enforcement actions by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission shows that TABC agents had done “external surveillance” the night before, on June 25, but does not say what if anything they found.)
Fort Worth Police Department reports on subsequent Saturday night-Sunday morning raid go into great detail about officers’ versions of events, and particularly about allegations that that bar patrons were making sexual advances toward them, including several instances in which patrons – male and female – actually touched officers’ genitals or rubbed themselves against the officers.
When the police first entered the club, the report said, “Officers noticed that several men and women were reaching their hands out to touch officers, and moving their bodies in a sexually suggestive manner, and positioning their bodies as [though] they were sexually interested, dancing in front of officers.”
Police Sgt. Richard Morris reported that a woman made sexual advances toward him, “jump[ing] away from the bar with a glass beer bottle in each hand … and leaning her hips forward and making physical contact with Sgt. Morris’ left buttock in a sexually explicit manner with him from behind.”
After being told she was being arrested for public intoxication, according to the report, the woman said, “I was just having fun with him.”
Another man reportedly tried to grab an officer’s gun and to dry-hump him. “I felt my gun being pushed on, and turned around to see a male behind me. I felt my gun being pushed … I spun around and grabbed [the male’s] hand, moving it away from my gun, and I saw [him] leaning his hips forward and making physical contact with my right leg, as if he were having sex with me from behind,” the officer reported. That man was also deemed to be publicly intoxicated.
Another man who was arrested reportedly “kissed two of his fingers and then blew a kiss” at an officer. He did it again before being handcuffed.
The report doesn’t suggest that the man made any physical contact with or assault on the officer. However, it relates that when the man was led out of the bar, “several people were yelling ‘You fucking homophobe! You asshole!’ and were displaying their middle finger in protest.”
As for Chad Gibson, who spent a week in the hospital with a head injury, police denied smacking his head on the floor or wall inside the club, saying instead that he fell outside on the concrete, while his hands were cuffed behind him.
Police said Gibson resisted arrest inside the club when two TABC agents were trying to cuff him. “Gibson had reached toward TABC Agent Aller’s groin area and tapped agent Aller’s testicles with his hand,” the report said.
Gibson was left in TABC agents’ custody outside, according to the report. “TABC Agent Chapman later informed officers that Gibson had staggered and started to vomit. Gibson was instructed by TABC Agents to sit down. Gibson refused to sit down, but then leaned forward to vomit, and fell to the ground with his hands still back behind his back in the flex handcuffs. Gibson hit his right side of his head on the concrete in the parking lot.” An ambulance was called for Gibson, “due to alcohol poisoning and his hitting his head on the concrete during the fall.”