Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief, after way too much delay, finally has broken his silence and released, by means of Councilman Joel Burns, the following statement calling for the U.S. Attorney's office in the North Texas region to review the investigations into the Rainbow Lounge raid once completed:
We all join in wishing Mr. Gibson a speedy and full recovery.
Currently, two investigations are underway to review the circumstances and events that took place at the Rainbow Lounge early Sunday morning. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) is conducting an investigation and the Fort Worth Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is conducting its own investigation.
I join Police Chief Jeff Halstead in encouraging any eye-witnesses to the events under review to come forward and share their observations.
Members of the City Council and I have confidence that Chief Halstead is leading a thorough and professional investigation. Once the Fort Worth Police Department's examination is complete, I have asked the acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, James T. Jacks, to independently review the findings of the Fort Worth Police Department's investigation to 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.
Fort Worth has a history of inclusiveness, and the Fort Worth Police Department has a history of responsible and professional service to our citizens. The police department's internal investigation and the outside review is meant to ensure all citizens are professionally and responsibly represented by our police department. I am most appreciative to the U.S. Attorney's Office for assisting us in this effort.
I want to know why it took Moncrief six days to break his silence. I want to know why it took him as many days to “wish” Chad Gibson a “speedy recovery.” That is entirely too long for a sitting mayor whose city is ground zero in a huge, national conversation regarding LGBT equality and human rights. Disappointed doesn't even begin to describe my emotion at this time.