TABC pushes back release of report on agents' use of force at Rainbow Lounge

Posted on 13 Oct 2009 at 5:00pm

Last week, the Fort Worth Police Department announced that the release of its Rainbow Lounge investigation report has been pushed back until next month, prompting criticism from some in the LGBT community. Today, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced that the release of the agency’s second investigation into the June raid has also been delayed. The second TABC report, which previously was scheduled to be released by late October, is now scheduled to be released in mid-November. TABC released its first report, which dealt with policy violations, in August. TABC’s second investigation deals with agents’ use of force against Rainbow Lounge patron Chad Gibson, who was injured in the raid. Here’s the full statement we received today from agency spokeswoman Carolyn Beck:

TABC recently communicated that the Use of Force investigation related
to the Rainbow Lounge would be complete by October 15, 2009.

Today, the investigator requested, and was granted, an extension on the
report. The additional time is needed to review recently received
documents and to consult with the agency’s force instructor.

The investigator expects to be finished with the report by October 30th.
At that time, it will be forwarded to the General Counsel who has ten
days to review and approve the report.

At this time, we expect the investigation to be complete and the
findings released by mid-November.

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