FORT WAYNE, IND. — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission released a report Thursday that said three of its employees had violated numerous agency procedures in connection with a police raid on a Fort Worth gay bar in which authorities clashed with hundreds of bar patrons.
Commission officials said that disciplinary actions were pending against Agent Christopher Aller, agent trainee Jason Chapman and their supervisor, Sgt. Terry Parsons, over the raid at the Rainbow Lounge.
Gay rights leaders said that the raid evoked memories of past conflicts with police. It was conducted June 28, on the 40th anniversary of the police raid on New York's Stonewall Inn, an event often regarded as the launch of the modern gay rights movement.
Aller, Chapman and seven officers from the Fort Worth Police Department tangled with about 300 bar patrons during the raid.
Seven people at the bar were arrested, and witnesses said one man had his head slammed into a door by agents. Chad Gibson, 26, was hospitalized with a brain injury and released a week later.