TABC Settles With Rainbow Lounge Patrons

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    Two men who were injured during a bar check at a gay lounge have settled with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

    The state agreed to pay $210,000 to Chad Gibson, who suffered a head injury, and $15,000 to George Armstrong, who suffered a torn rotator cuff, during their arrests at the Rainbow Lounge in June 2009.

    As part of the settlement, the men agreed not to sue the agency. In an earlier settlement with the city of Fort Worth, Gibson was awarded $400,000 and Armstrong $40,000.

    The raid sparked numerous protests and rallies in the gay community.

    Three Fort Worth police officers were suspended after the raid, and two agents and a supervisor with the state's liquor board were fired.