- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 2, 2009

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) | The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is investigating its joint police raid on a gay bar that left one man hospitalized with a head injury and sparked claims of brutality and procedure violations.

The agency said Wednesday that it would review the agents’ actions and determine how Chad Gibson was hurt. He was in a TABC agent’s custody when he was injured, and he needed treatment for alcohol poisoning, according to the agency.

“We are saddened that this incident occurred and extend our sincere hope that Mr. Gibson recovers quickly,” agency Administrator Alan Steen said in a statement. “I take seriously all allegations concerning inappropriate or illegal behavior by our employees.”

Mr. Gibson, 26, was in fair condition Wednesday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, hospital spokeswoman Jamie Brown said. His family has said he suffered bleeding on the brain.

Early Sunday morning, some TABC agents and Fort Worth police officers went to the Rainbow Lounge after going to two other bars that don’t have a gay clientele. Authorities said they were doing routine inspections to ensure compliance with state alcoholic beverage laws. In all, more than a dozen people were arrested for public intoxication, a misdemeanor.

But some Rainbow Lounge patrons said authorities grabbed people or shoved them onto the ground. They have denied police claims that anyone groped or made lewd gestures toward officers.

On Sunday night, about 100 people protested in Fort Worth, and a vigil was to be held at the bar Wednesday night.

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