I was at the Fort Worth City Council meeting last night. Stayed there until almost 1 a.m. when the discussion over the Rainbow Lounge raid was complete.
There have already been some updates here, thanks to John Wright, about what happened, and I am not going to just repeat that info. Instead I am going to concentrate on getting a full story written for the paper this week.
I do want to repeat, however, that Fort Worth Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead did announce yesterday that he has appointed Officer Sara Straten, a 17-year veteran of the police force, as liaison to the city’s LGBT community. And he did tell me last night that he would arrange for Dallas Voice to interview Officer Straten as soon as possible, probably by the end of the week.
Chief Halstead has also promised to sit down for an interview with Dallas Voice himself, although I believe that probably won’t happen until the investigation into the Rainbow Lounge raid is complete.
Also, the second person removed from the Council chambers for disrupting the meeting last night — in addition to Blake Wilkinson of Queer Liberaction — was identified by Elizabeth Pax in a Facebook post as Nicki Kersieck. Elizabeth was not at the meeting but was receiving constant updates — via text, I think — from people who were there.
And it was noted by city officials that TABC’s investigation is likely to be complete before the Fort Worth PD’s investigation, and that officials do not want to rush the PD investigation. They think it is more important that the investigation be thorough and accurate rather than fast. (I can’t remember exactly who said this; it’s in my notes and I’ll have all that in the story.)