Posted by Greg on July 1, 2009
from Sean at Hiding In the Backwaters
When I first heard about the raid on the Rainbow lounge I knew something was fishy. However, these comments from the Ft. Worth chief of police are unreal.
You’re touched and advanced in certain ways by people inside the bar, that’s offensive. I’m happy with the restraint used when they were contacted like that.”
OK. For starters, you call putting a man in a hospital with a brain injury “restraint?” Are you kidding me?
I’m not buying this “he groped me” bullshit. No one in his right mind is going to grope a cop checking IDs at a bar. So, either the cops are lying through their teeth or the guy was so completely inebriated he wasn’t in his right mind. Let’s assume just for a moment the latter was the case. How does that give anyone—much less cops who should be held to a higher standard as professionals—the right to assault the perpetrator?
This kind of behavior is indefensible. Period. The fact that some folk are still peddling the supposition that the unwelcome advances of a gay man are somehow worse than the unwelcome advances of a straight man and thus justify any retaliatory response not only shows where we have come from, but also how far we still have to go.