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The Chico’s Kiss in context

The Chico’s kiss incident was one of several in the U.S. that caught some national attention. Around the same time there was a “kiss incident” in Utah, and then there was the Rainbow Lounge incident in Fort Worth. Here’s an update on that, from last week’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Rainbow Lounge bar check was caused by ‘flawed policy,’ Fort Worth police chief says:

FORT WORTH — Police Chief Jeff Halstead said Tuesday that “flawed policy” led to a controversial bar check at the Rainbow Lounge in June and that a new policy being implemented will ensure that such an event never happens again.

“I am apologizing for the actions and the reflection that this gave our community because they perceived it as a bar raid, and all our interviews with our officers and the other agents, they never, ever intended this to look that way,” Halstead told Fort Worth City Council members Tuesday morning during a progress report on his department’s investigation.

Halstead said officials are still investigating what happened during the June 28 bar check by Fort Worth police officers and state agents that resulted in five arrests and left another patron, Chad Gibson, with a serious head injury.

Gibson, who was cited for assault and public intoxication, and George Armstrong, who was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication, have filed complaints of excessive force against two officers, officials confirmed Tuesday.

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

August 24, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. What is the latest update on the Chico’s Five? Have they filed suit against Chico’s and city police? Or, have they slunk back into their closets?


    August 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm

  2. Listen….just kill this story already. It doesn’t have the teeth to grab the people of El Paso’s attention. This is definitely overkill and not worth reporting on anymore. I’m sure the staff of the newspapertree have better stuff to blog about. No one cares anymore….end of story..ummm blog.


    August 24, 2009 at 6:23 pm

  3. it’s because of poor attitudes like lawrence, “no one cares anymore,” that i up and moved to san francisco. friends and family that i have in el paso DO CARE about this unfortunate incident. it was a situation that actually garnered NATIONAL attention. “killing” this story and saying that no cares anymore is unfortunate. peace.


    August 25, 2009 at 3:07 pm

  4. Rich, thank God you up and moved to San Francisco…People like you who love to hold on to these stupid stories are boring us all…Life is not about a kiss at chicos tacos…We have other issues more important than a group of gay men kissing….


    August 25, 2009 at 4:06 pm

  5. richard, thanks for proving your ignorance to me. you sound absolutely ridiculous. peace.


    August 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm

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