Fort Worth Police celebrate Stonewall’s 40th by Raiding Gay Bar

We used to call them pigs.  Maybe it is time to resurrect that term of disrespect.

The police in this nation have become an out of control army of jack booted thugs who tazer elderly people and haul chldren off to jail for petty  issue while ignoring the theft of billions by white collared bankers and brokers.

From Daily Kos  Read more at:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/6/28/747810/-Breaking:-Raid-on-Fort-Worth-Gay-Bar-(Update-x2)

Breaking: Raid on Fort Worth Gay Bar (Update x6)

by lostboyjim

The posts on the Dallas voice page are verified to be from a reporter from the Voice, so while they may be a bit “first person-ish”, they are from a reporter.

Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 12:45:03 PM PDT

A blog post this morning on the Dallas Voice Blog page on the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. People were arrested for “Public Intoxication”.

This story is now breaking on facebook, with an apparent protest planned for today (location and time still not clearly determined).  I have had a brief IM with a reporter who is working on the story, so the event did occur.

Information as I can compile it below the fold.

This information was just culled from the Dallas Voice blog page.  The only reply I see so far on that blog says in part:

I don’t know what went down once the police got inside, I was lucky that I was leaving at the exact moment that the first agent was walking in the door, but they already had the outside door person up against the wall in cuffs, and the building surrounded with cars.

Arresting people in a bar for Public Intoxication seems strange, and doing it on the 40th anniversary of Stonewall seems like they are trying to spark another Stonewall.

This is the only site I have been able to find any news about this raid.  I will be updating this; this may be a misunderstanding or a setup.  As I find out more news today I will be updating this dairy.

STATUS 1:
I am keeping this a draft for now until I get at least 1 confirmation on the story, or until the Dallas Voice moves it from a blog entry to their “breaking” page.

CONFIRMATION:
There is now a Facebook Group* discussing the raid (* I don’t know if non-facebook users can read that link). The summary of the group:

Last night around 1 a.m., on the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the Fort Worth Police Department raided the Rainbow Lounge and began randomly handcuffing and arresting patrons and shoving anyone who dared to ask why. It was a sobering reminder that on this pinnacle date in the history of gay rights, we still have a very long way to go. I created this group to give folks a chance to discuss it, share stories, pictures, etc.

Pictures of police arresting people at the Lounge are posted there. There are rumors of a protest being organized for today.  However at this time the location and time are fuzzy (the facebook page says both the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, and the Crossroads in Oaklawn (the Crossroads is the middle of the Dallas gay area), and times from 3:00 to 5:00 pm today (CDT).  If I hear of a firm location and time I will update here.

This is very frustrating to me.  The idea of raiding a bar to handcuff people for PI is startling, the fact that they hit a gay bar on the 40th Anniversary of Stonewall is chilling.

UPDATE #1:
Comments posted by a dancer at the bar.  Again, this is from a post on the Dallas Voice blog page. I am still trying to get stronger confirmation from a verifiable source than blog postings and responses.

I was one of the dance entertainers last night at Rainbow Lounge. I was dancing on a box in the VIP lounge and was looking right at the first guy that was arrested. The male patron was standing at the bar doing nothing but having a having a drink and a fun time (like people do in bars) when an officer entered that section of the club and made a beeline straight towards him. The officer forcefully spun the man around, shoved him against the bar and placed plastic restraints on his wrists. The officer then marched the man out the club. The guy was stunned and obviously really scared.
I then noticed another officer in the VIP section and several other officers filtering into the club. I made the decision at that point to go ahead and get dressed in case they were going to start arresting everyone in the entire place.
When I got inside the dressing room there were other dancers already in there getting dressed. They were panicing and saying that this is not something they have ever had to deal dancing in Dallas.
I got dressed and walked out the door and saw that several more officers had made their way into the club. I went into sort of a surreal haze at that moment. I was so disturbed and saddened because it occured to me in that moment that being after midnight, it was actually the exact same day as the Stonewall Riots. I just couldn’t believe what was happening.
I was still standing near the entrance to the VIP lounge with a friend when an officer approached a man standing there. The man had water in his hand. The officer asked him how much he had had to drink and the man said that he didn’t have to answer that. The officer then said that he was going to arrest him for public intoxication. The man said,”You can’t do that I am just standing here right now drinking water.” At the time the officer shoved the man over towards the wall near the dressing room and then back to the rear wall near the men’s restroom, then down onto the floor. Several other officers, made their way back there to hold that ONE MAN down on the ground as they placed restraints on him. At the time I noticed that all of them did not have FWPD uniforms on. Some of them were actually State Police.

One Response to “Fort Worth Police celebrate Stonewall’s 40th by Raiding Gay Bar”

  1. kelli Busey Says:

    I live in Dallas but was not at the Rainbow lounge.
    I was contacted by people who were at the Rainbow Lounge. By all accounts the Ft Worth police entered the Rainbow lounge to beat gay people and fabricated excuses why they made arrests. QueerLiberAction is organizing a vigil on the 1st, a Soapbox on the 5th and a protest. http://queerliberaction.moonfruit.com/
    The criminals are wearing uniforms.
    I posted a article at planetransgender.
    http://planetransgender.blogspot.com


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