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Condition of Man Injured In Rainbow Lounge Raid Worsens

Jim Burroway

June 29th, 2009

Chad Gibson

Chad Gibson

The Dallas Voice’s blog now reports that Chad Gibson’s condition has worsened. Gibson suffered a head injury when he was thrown to the ground by police during Saturday night’s raid on the Rainbow Lounge in Ft. Worth, Texas. Chad is in the Intensive Care Unit at a Ft. Worth hospital undergoing treatment for intracerebral hemorrhaging, or a bleeding in the brain. Doctors will decide soon whether Chad will need to undergo brain surgery to relieve a blog cot that has formed in his brain.



Timothy Kincaid
June 29th, 2009 | LINK

Were I to go into a bar and make an unprovoked attack on a patron, throwing him to the ground and causing injury, I would be brought up on assault charges. Were a person that I attacked to die (God forbid in this case), the charges would likely be increased to second degree murder.

A uniform should not invalidate the rights of citizens to live unsubjected to assault. And in many places it does not.

If it can be shown (as it witnesses are reporting) that there was no provocation, will this officer be brought up on charges? Will there even be the slightest slap-on-the-wrist for this uniform-wearing thug?

Sadly, I doubt it.

Nor will Gov. Rick Perry even suggest that anything unnecessary occured.

We need for this story to generate national outrage – not localized protest – for anything to be done. Perry needs to feel embarrassed among his peers for conducting his “state police” as a Stonewall-era anti-gay “vice” squad.

June 29th, 2009 | LINK

I wish the best for Chad Gibson. Him, and all the people that love him. I hope he’s ok.

Why are police hurting people. The police are here to protect us. They are good people. They risk their lives daily to protect us all.

I want to hear the police chief on this board!


June 29th, 2009 | LINK

I agree wholeheartedly, Timothy

The fact that the police department’s statement mentions nothing of a severe head injury really speaks its credibility.

In fact, the statement reads as if there were half a dozen men patiently waiting in line to grab the officers’ crotches one-by-one.

It does mention that one of these “crotch grabbers” was handed over to paramedics, but only because he was severely intoxicated and vomiting everywhere.

Give me a break. The whole thing is just literally incredible.

Mark Kerrigan
June 29th, 2009 | LINK

I want to offer my condolences to Chad Gibson and his family. Though I was not thrown to the ground by a police officer, I did suffer a head injury at the age of 16 as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

I spent four weeks in a coma, and months–even years–in neuro rehab, and yet I still see the results of my trauma to this day, even twenty years later.

Attention is the key, and while there is another horrific aspect at play here, I cannot stress the importance of neuro rehab for Chad as soon as possible.

My prayers are with Chad and his family.

June 29th, 2009 | LINK

Hmmm. Texas still has the death penalty? I’m not usually a fan of it. If he dies I’d like to see the police officer who murdered him get this penalty for the hate-inspired brutality against an innocent human being.

Emily K
June 29th, 2009 | LINK

I hope the police dept. is saddled with his medical bills. The family should sue their asses.

June 30th, 2009 | LINK

Chad is the Godfather to our son and one of my best friends. We chose him as our son’s godfather because he has more character than most men I’ve ever met. I do not believe for one second he would have deserved any kind of beating from the police! Hopefully we can get down there soon from our home in Arkansas and support him. Just as a not do any of you think that a big boobed blond would have been thrown against a wall for alleged intoxication? (macho a-hole cops!)

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