July 24, 2009

TABC speaks

And the fallout from the June Rainbow Lounge raid continues. TABC has finally decided to get out in front of the mess...

“I don’t think you have to dig very deep to figure out that TABC has violated some of their policies,” Steen said. “We know that, and I apologize for that. Like I said in my original press release, we have in the past and we will in the future act very swiftly in making sure that those issues are corrected. It’s real clear that however it is that we were doing business that night is not the typical TABC. ... I have good policy in place, I have good training in place, and I have good supervision in place to ensure that things like this don’t happen.”

Steen said if the two agents, who are on desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation, sought approval from the supervisor before the Rainbow Lounge inspection, it shouldn’t have been granted. The agents were accompanied by six Fort Worth police officers.

Steen said he doesn’t think there was sufficient cause for the inspection, which apparently was based on the fact that one person had been arrested for public intoxication at the Rainbow Lounge on Thursday, June 25. Steen also indicated that the eight law enforcement officers and the paddy wagon that were present likely constituted an excessive show of force.

“You can read that policy and you can figure out really quickly, TABC shouldn’t have even been there,” Steen said. “If our guys would have followed the damn policy, we wouldn’t even have been there. … We have these conversations all the time, and we don’t participate in those kinds of inspections when there’s not probable cause or reasonable suspicion or some public safety matter to be inspected.”

Goddamn, son, only took you 18 days to get out and say something? Well, I gotta tell you while your timing is for shit, your message is loud, clear and unequivocal. And it's appreciated. It won't stop the inevitable civil suits but it will stop the public perception that the Agency is out of control. And yeah, some of us were worried about that.

Next time something like this happens (and you know it will), you might want to jump on this THE NEXT DAY. Just a suggestion...

Posted by mcblogger at July 24, 2009 09:51 AM

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