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Apology in gay bar raid is clarified

July 17, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Fort Worth's mayor says an apology he issued at a City Council meeting wasn't for law enforcement's raid on a Texas gay bar, but for the fact that a man was seriously injured.

Mayor Mike Moncrief made an impromptu apology during Tuesday night's meeting where officials and residents commented on last month's raid on the Rainbow Lounge, which left one man hospitalized with a serious head injury.

City spokesman Bill Begley said Wednesday that the mayor and council always are sorry if someone is hurt in the city.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Fort Worth Police Department are investigating the raid, which they conducted jointly.

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