Rainbow Lounge raid wasn't 1st time TABC has been accused of using excessive force

Posted on 20 Jul 2009 at 10:56am
The owner of a bar in East Texas sued TABC and recently settled after he said he got this bruise from being kicked during a raid in 2005.
The owner of a bar in East Texas sued TABC and recently settled after he said he got this bruise from being kicked during a raid in 2005. (Austin American-Statesman)

Anyone who’s been following the Rainbow Lounge saga needs to take a look at this story published Sunday by The Austin American-Statesman (you may have to register). The story is about how the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission at one time routinely conducted raids similar to the one that occurred at the Rainbow Lounge on June 28. However, in response to public outcry a few years ago, TABC effectively shut down its program known as Sales to Intoxicated Persons (or SIP). Such operations today are reserved for establishments with a clear record of violations, which didn’t exist in the case of the Rainbow Lounge. Check out this chart:

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