Stonewall in Texas

>> Monday, June 29, 2009

via Joe.My.God

In the brink of equality, which I believe it's what were in now even though it seems there's still along way to go, there are bound to be resistance.

On Saturday, the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in NYC, the Fort Worth Police Department raided a local gay bar the Rainbow Lounge and began randomly handcuffing and arresting patrons and shoving anyone who dared to ask why.

Witnesses say that police arrived at the nightclub about 1 a.m. Sunday and arrested seven people and that one of those arrested suffered a fractured skull during the takedown and is at a Fort Worth hospital. About 75 people showed up Sunday afternoon at the Rainbow Lounge to make signs for the rally. Some of the signs read: "Give us Answers Now" and "We Have Rights Too." Fort Worth police released a statement saying that the Rainbow Lounge was not the only bar targeted by six Fort Worth police officers and two agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and a supervisor. The group first went to the Rosedale Saloon and Cowboy Palace on Rosedale Street. Nine people were arrested, police report. The investigators then went to the Rainbow Lounge, where seven arrests were made, the police statement said. While walking through the Rainbow Lounge, an "extremely intoxicated patron made sexually explicit movements toward the police supervisor," the statement said. This individual was arrested for public intoxication.

Another intoxicated individual also made sexually explicit movements toward another officer, and he was arrested for public intoxication, the statement said. A third individual inside the lounge assaulted a TABC agent by grabbing the agent’s groin, according to the statement. He was escorted outside and arrested for public intoxication. He was released to paramedics because of his extreme intoxication as he was repeatedly vomiting, police reported.

Why do the police feel the need to arrest intoxicated people inside the bar? And who is dumb enough to grab a police officer's crotch? Are they just playing victim to deflect the focus of arresting people who commits this victimless crime and the attention of the fractured skull? What is this all about? There was a protest underway and people are demanding answers. The justice systems need to be accountable and they just can't abuse their power like this.

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