Texas liquor board to make changes after bar raid


FORT WORTH, Texas — Texas’ liquor board plans to change the way it conducts investigations into excessive use of force allegations, the agency said earlier this month, after its agents were accused of wrongdoing during a raid at a gay bar that left a customer with severe head wounds.

Fort Worth police, who assisted during the raid, also plan to change their policies on bar checks and public intoxication arrests in light of the raid, Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead said at a news conference across from the bar.

However, the investigation by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission did not find that the bar was targeted because of its gay and lesbian customers, and said agents didn’t use force beyond what was necessary and reasonable.

An inquiry by Fort Worth police also determined its officers didn’t use excessive force.