Texas Alcohol Commission apologizes for violating policies, excessive show of force in raid on gay bar

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Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth, TXTexas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Administrator Alan Steel admitted to the Dallas Voice this week that multiple policy violations took place during the raid on the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth last month. Steel apologized for those violations promising swift action.

“I don’t think you have to dig very deep to figure out that TABC has violated some of their policies,” Steen said. “We know that, and I apologize for that. Like I said in my original press release, we have in the past and we will in the future act very swiftly in making sure that those issues are corrected. It’s real clear that however it is that we were doing business that night is not the typical TABC. … I have good policy in place, I have good training in place, and I have good supervision in place to ensure that things like this don’t happen.”

Steen said if the two agents, who are on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation, sought approval from the supervisor before the Rainbow Lounge inspection, it shouldn’t have been granted. The agents were accompanied by six Fort Worth police officers.

Steen said he doesn’t think there was sufficient cause for the inspection, which apparently was based on the fact that one person had been arrested for public intoxication at the Rainbow Lounge on Thursday, June 25. Steen also indicated that the eight law enforcement officers and the paddy wagon that were present likely constituted an excessive show of force.

The internal investigation at the TABC is still ongoing.

Post by ILO on 07/17/09 at 11:52 am