Saturday, July 4, 2009

Ft. Worth's Mayor Mike Moncrief putting political spin on the Rainbow Lounge Raid

'He's asking the U.S. Attorney for North Texas to independently review the police department investigation " ensure the department has thoroughly and impartially carried out its obligation to all the citizens of Fort Worth. I encourage the TABC to follow the same course."

If the Mayor and the rest of City Council were doing their jobs well, they would be doing something about Fort Worth Police Department's poor job performance in enforcing the laws & city ordinances equally througout our entire City instead of selectively in certain areas and regarding certain laws. This incident is no surprise to us who know how the Police Department operates and see first hand the number of officers who abuse their authority. The City Council hasn't heard the complaints from us over the past few years -- they've chosen to ignore us and call us names like nay sayers and the like. Now they are shuffling the political cards in hopes they will fool enough people into thinking they know what they are talking about. Too bad they weren't voted out of office in May.


TarrantLibertyGuy said...

AGREED! The first comments I saw from Mayor Moncrief on the news re: this was... "Our Police Dept were simply with THEM on THEIR raid. We frequently work with THEM and I hope THEIR action don't get us in hot water due to THEIR issues with THEIR raid." (I paraphrased - but he kept saying them and they when referring to this act of harrassment by HIS police officers. Now, they've put those officers on leave and have ceased joint operations with TABC - now that it appears they are completely culpable for this tyrannical act of thuggery. I'm not very willing to let up on this topic.

S said...

Sure the FWPD and Ft. Worth City Council is totally culpable for this tyrannical act of thuggery. I'm not willing to let up on this either. It's a perfect picture of 'The Fort Worth Way.' Homophobic 'Good ol boys' getting their jollies by roughing up the gay boys. Typical. And they pull up with patty wagon in tow....that tells us all we need to know. Yet the Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem Kathleen Hicks demand that the criminals hanging around on the Eastside be protected from the laws because they may be 'homeless' and/or they may be 'poor.' We can't arrest those people because they aren't a 'danger to themselves or others.' Yet we can pull up to gay bar with patty wagon, start arresting people, knocking them to the ground and busting heads because we didn't like the way they looked, or the color shirt they had on, or the way their butts moved when they walked, etc. TOTALLY an unlawful abuse of power! I hope heads roll and the Ft. Worth City Council members are left with egg on each of their faces. It will be entertaining to watch them squirm, wiggle and spew their political nonsense out of their mouths.

Jeremy said...

Amen, brother. There is an all too cozy acceptance of the attempted murder of a bar patron in the now internationally notorious raid in Fort Worth Texas at the Rainbow Lounge. The Police Chief said his men weren't even there, but the photos proved him a liar. Now the mayor apologizes for the near-murder, but not for the raid, which the many witnesses nearly unanimously state was a violent and abusive affair from the start. Time to start digging a little deeper into the abilities of the leadership in Ft. Worth to protect the citizens. As has been amply demonstrated, there were innumerable feloneous crimes occuring that night in Ft. Worth, when the police department decided to occupy its time with a violent raid of a newly opened bar on the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Federal investigation is needed. Criminal investigation is needed. And there needs to be much closer scrutiny of the public officials and thier acceptance of violent criminal activity at the expense of minority citizenry.