Fort Worth halts work with state agency over raid on gay bar

FORT WORTH &mash; Police Chief Jeff Halstead has suspended joint operations between Fort Worth police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission until internal-affairs investigators file their report about what happened early Sunday at a gay bar near downtown, where one customer was injured and six others were arrested.

He will also review "multicultural training" for officers on issues that concern the gay community, according to a news release.

Halstead took the action "until we gain a better understanding of the events that occurred at the Rainbow Lounge," the release stated.

About 1 a.m. Sunday, six Fort Worth police officers, two TABC agents and a supervisor entered the club. Officers took more than 20 people outside for questioning, and six were arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, police said.

Among those arrested was Chad Gibson, 26, of Euless, who remains hospitalized in fair condition Thursday with a head injury.

Also Thursday, state Rep. Lon Burnam and state Sen. Wendy Davis, both Fort Worth Democrats, released a copy of a letter they have sent to TABC officials seeking details about the actions of the two agents who participated in the operation. The letter for the first time names the agents — Jason Chapman and Christopher Aller.

The lawmakers represent the near south-side neighborhood where the gay club, under various management, has been a fixture for years.

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