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Fort Worth mayor apologizes for gay bar raid

The June 28 raid, a joint operation between city police and the state Alcoholic Beverage Commission, left one man hospitalized.

July 15, 2009|Associated Press

FORT WORTH — The mayor of this Texas city apologized Tuesday for a raid on a gay bar that sparked claims of brutality and procedure violations.

About 250 people packed City Council chambers and an additional 150 watched on televisions in the hallway or overflow rooms as officials briefly discussed the June 28 raid that left one man hospitalized with a serious head injury.

At one point during the meeting, someone in the audience called out for an apology. Mayor Mike Moncrief said: "If you want an apology from the mayor of Fort Worth: I am sorry about what happened in Fort Worth."

The crowd erupted in applause and stood.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Fort Worth Police Department are investigating the raid, which was conducted jointly by their agencies.

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