Men charged with â€˜public intoxicationâ€™ on Stonewallâ€™s 40th anniversary
By LOU CHIBBARO JR, Washington Blade:Â Seven customers were arrested for public intoxication at a Fort Worth, Texas, gay bar shortly after midnight Sunday.
Angry gay activists said the incident mimicked the famous police raid on the Stonewall Inn gay bar in New Yorkâ€™s Greenwich Village exactly 40 years earlier.
Fort Worth police released a statement saying they conducted a routine â€œalcohol beverage code inspection,â€ not a raid, at the Rainbow Lounge, a gay club that opened for business less than a month ago.
But at least three customers present during the appearance by police officers and Texas liquor commission agents told a CBS-affiliated TV news station that the officers and agents acted in an aggressive and rude manor toward the customers and began singling out people for arrest on public intoxication charges.
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