Five people were arrested early Sunday — one for assault on a police officer — after a fight broke out on South Jennings Street, near the Rainbow Lounge. The officer was not injured, according to this report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Tom Anable, president of Fairness Fort Worth, noted that the Star-Telegram story incorrectly implies the incident occurred inside the bar, which became famous after a June 29, 2009 raid by police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
“This was a fight between two groups of people that happened outside the bar, after the bar was closed,” Anable said.
Fort Worth LGBT Liaison Officer Kellie Whitehead said today she’s still trying to confirm all the details, but reported that officers were called to the scene at 2:27 a.m. in response to a fight between two groups of people. She said the first officers to arrive on the scene approached a man who appeared to be about to fight with someone else. She said the man “turned on the officer and took an aggressive stance,” and so the officer put the man in handcuffs.
Rainbow Lounge owner J.R. Schrock, who made the call to 911, told Anable that he could not hear nor clearly see what transpired between the officer and the man, but that the officer “took him down and handcuffed him.”
At that point, Whitehead said, others in the crowd “started getting aggravated,” and someone threw a high-heeled shoe at the officer. Other officers arrived, and one of them approached a man “who appeared to be intoxicated,” and that person punched the officer.
Whitehead said she did not know whether any of those arrested, including two men who are under 21, had been inside Rainbow Lounge at any time during the night.
Anable said Schrock told him the fight broke out when two separate groups of family members and friends arrived after the bar closed to pick up two men who had been inside. He said that the two groups were at odds because the two men’s families and friends do not approve of them dating.
Anable also said he did not know if any of those involved in the fight had been in the bar that night.
Anable said today he is pleased with the way police had responded, noting that Whitehead called him on Sunday morning to let him know what had transpired. “I am glad to see the liaison position is working the way it is supposed to,” Anable said.
Anable also expressed satisfaction with the way officers responding to the fight reacted, saying: “You cannot assault a police officer without facing serious consequences. You just can’t go around hitting police officers. These officers work very hard doing a dangerous job, and they deserve for people to show them respect when they are doing their job.”
Kawaine Green, 22, was charged with assault on a public servant. Four others were charged with misdemeanors inluding public intoxication, resisting arrest and interfering with public duties.