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Ft. Worth Spokesman Clarifies Mayor’s Apology

Jim Burroway

July 16th, 2009

We reported yesterday that Mayor Mike Moncrief had apologized to the crowd at Tuesday’s city council meeting. Aman Batheja and Deanna Boyd at the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram renders the apology this way:

Listen, if you want an apology from your mayor, I am sorry for what happened in Fort Worth, ” Moncrief said, drawing some applause. “I am sorry. I am sorry. I am sorry.”

But city spokesman Bill Begley has clarified the mayor’s remarks, saying that he didn’t apologize for the raid, just for the injuries sustained by Chad Gibson when he was slammed against the wall and thrown to the floor:

“The mayor and council are always sorry if anyone is hurt ever in our city,” Begley said Wednesday. “The mayor has asked for a thorough investigation of what happened in the Rainbow Lounge to the point that he’s asked for the U.S. attorney to get involved …They want to make sure that all voices are heard … but the apology is that anyone is ever hurt in any incident.”

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