Straight Ft. Worth Writer Finds Police Claims Doubtful

Timothy Kincaid

June 29th, 2009

Writing in a Fort Worth Weekly blog, Jeff Prince finds the story from the men in blue to be, well, unlike his own experiences in a gay bar:

As I sat there, I kept figuring one of these guys would hit on me. I was going to politely explain to them that I wasn\’t that way. Except nobody paid any attention to me. For 10 or 15 minutes not a single person spoke to me or approached me. I was relieved and offended at the same time. What am I chopped liver?

And Prince’s experiences were similar to other straight guys he knew.

Perplexed at why “the patrons allegedly became fraught with horn and damn near raped our boys in blue”, he concludes that “it must have been the uniforms”.

Well, that or the police story is not exactly credible.

Nor does their story match that of the patrons. Compare this statement from the police:

…another officer requested assistance from inside the club as he had an intoxicated individual that was resisting arrest. This person was placed on the ground in an effort to control and apprehend.

to the report from one of the dancers at the bar:

I was still standing near the entrance to the VIP lounge with a friend when an officer approached a man standing there. The man had water in his hand. The officer asked him how much he had had to drink and the man said that he didn\’t have to answer that. The officer then said that he was going to arrest him for public intoxication. The man said,”You can\’t do that I am just standing here right now drinking water.” At the time the officer shoved the man over towards the wall near the dressing room and then back to the rear wall near the men\’s restroom, then down onto the floor. Several other officers, made their way back there to hold that ONE MAN down on the ground as they placed restraints on him. At the time I noticed that all of them did not have FWPD uniforms on. Some of them were actually State Police.

Benjamin

June 29th, 2009

Man alive are the Fort Worth Police going to have their heads handed to them on this one. When the ACLU, Lambda Legal and other similar organizations send lawyers to represent the gay patrons of that bar who were harassed and injured by the police. Fort Worth Police don’t know what kind of hell they have just gotten themselves into. They will likely wish they had never even considered entering that bar after they get what’s coming to them.

Christopher Waldrop

June 30th, 2009

I just have to add that I love this comment from Jeff Prince: “I was relieved and offended at the same time. What am I chopped liver?”

It does raise the question: what differentiates a gay bar from any other bar? And the answer is probably: not much.

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