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U.S. City Will Pay $400,000 in Gay Bar Raid Case

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The city of Fort Worth will pay $400,000 to a man severely injured during a raid on a gay bar two years ago, a settlement that avoids a federal civil rights lawsuit.

Fort Worth’s city council approved the settlement Tuesday with Chad Gibson, who says Fort Worth police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission used excessive force.

Mayor Mike Moncrief says the settlement doesn’t admit any police officers’ wrongdoing or city liability. A deputy city attorney said Gibson’s lawyer planned to sue Fort Worth and the state’s liquor board in federal court —but they went into mediation instead.

The liquor board and city police determined in their investigations there was no excessive force. Two agents and a supervisor with the liquor board were fired, and three Fort Worth officers were suspended.—Angela K. Brown, Associated Press

 

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