Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief FINALLY Breaks Silence Over Rainbow Lounge Raid

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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.    


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  1. Mayor Moncrief
    My goodness. Serving on so many boards and committees and his service over so many years and to so many organizations, Mayor Moncrief's silence on this for so many days (and now speaking through a surrogate) is a puzzlement.

    Current city boards, committees and other organizations

       * Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board, Board Member

       * Tarrant County Workforce Governing Board, Board Member

       * North Texas Commission, Board Member

       * Crime Prevention Resource Center, Board MemberSafe City, Steering Committee Member North Central Texas Council of Governments, Member Texas Municipal League, Member

       * National League of Cities, Member

       * U.S. Conference of Mayors, Member

       * Tarrant County Mayor's Council, Member

       * Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund, Chair

       * Fort Worth Sister Cities International, Honorary Chair

       * Alliance Airport Authority, Inc., Chair

       * Fort Worth Housing Finance Corporation, Chair

       * Fort Worth Local Development Corporation, Chair

       * Sunbelt Industrial Development Authority, Chair

       * Trinity Housing Finance Corporation, Chair

       * Airport Freeway Committee, Ex Officio

       * Area Metropolitan Ambulance Authority, Ex Officio

       * Community Justice Council, Ex Officio

       * Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, Ex Officio

       * Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Ex Officio

       * Fort Worth Cultural District Committee, Ex Officio

       * Lone Star Airport Improvement Authority, Inc., Ex Officio

       * Neighborhood Resources Development Council, Ex Officio

       * Stockyards Improvement Authority, Inc., Ex Officio

    Board memberships

       * American Heart Association: Tarrant County Board of Trustees & Honorary Co-Chairman of the Tarrant Heart Walk

       * Fort Worth Police Award Foundation, Board Member, 2002

       * March of Dimes, Board Member, 2002

       * The Learning Center of North Texas, Board Member, 2002

       * Health Law & Policy Institute, Advisory Board Member

       * James L. West Presbyterian Special Care Center, Advisory           Board Member

       * Kids First, Honorary Board Member

       * Kids Who Care, Board of Directors Advisor

       * The Parenting Center, Advisory Board Council Member, 1988

       * Council of the Crime Victims Institute, Advisory Board Member

       * Open Arms Home, Inc. – Advisory Board Member, 1997

       * The David Nicklas Organ Donor Awareness Foundation – Advisory Board Member, 1996

       * AIDS Outreach Center – Board Advisors

       * Wednesday's Child Benefit Corporation – Advisory Board Member

       * Baylor University – Social Work Advisory Board Member

       * Alliance for Children – Honorary Board Member

       * Caring for Children Foundation of Texas – Advisory Board Member

       * Tarrant County Homeless Coalition – Lifetime Board Member

       * Fort Worth Airpower Council – Member

       * Tarleton State University Foundation, Inc. – Director

       * Southwestern Exposition and Live Stock Show – Director

       * Fort Worth Stock Show Auction Syndicate – Director

       * Happy Hill Farm – Advisory Board Member

       * March of Dimes – Development Council Member

       * The Badge and Shield Association of Tarrant County – Director

    Past board memberships

       * Brite Divinity School, Board MemberArts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Board Member, 1996-1997 Paul Quinn College, Board Member World Craniofacial Foundation, Board Member Texas D.A.R.E. Foundation (TDF), Board Member

       * Texas Preservation Board, Board Member

       * The Troy Aikman Foundation, Advisory Board Chairman

       * Tarrant County Medical, Education and Research Foundation,       Board Member

       * Fort Worth Airpower Council, Board Vice Chair

       * YWCA School for the Children of the Homeless, Steering Committee Member

       * Interagency Council for Services for the Homeless, Board Member

       * Texas Society to Prevent Blindness, Board Member

       * Community Advisory Board, Care Unit Hospital of Fort Worth,        Board Member, 1987 to l991

       * Texas Board of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Board Member, 1988 to 1990

       * National Craniofacial Foundation, Board Member

       * Stars for Children, Texas, Inc., Vice Chair

       * Neighborhood Health Horizons, Inc., President

       * Gill Children Services, Inc., Board Member

       * Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, National          Board Member

       * 30-LOVE Tennis Tournament Benefiting Special Olympics, Chairman

       * Fort Worth Junior Chamber of Commerce, Board Member

       * Fort Worth Library, Board Member

       * Tarrant County Mental Health Association, Board Member

       * Tarrant County Drug Abuse Board, Board Member

       * United Cerebral Palsy of Tarrant County, Advisory Committee MemberNeighborhood Resources Development Council, Chair M.D. Anderson Hospital, Board of Visitors Longhorn Council of Boy Scouts of America, Board Member Lone Star Transportation Authority, Board Member North Central Texas Council of Governments, Board Member Tarrant County Juvenile Board, Board Member

       * Fort Worth State School, Board MemberUnited States Olympic Committee, Board Member

       * White Lake School, Board Member

    Most recent honors

       * NCCJ Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation, 2003

       * Texas Champions Award, Mental Health Association in     Texas, 2003

       * Tarrant County Medical Society and the Tarrant County Academy of Medicine May Owen Award, 2003

       * Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Special Service  Award, 2002

       * Champions for Women's Health in Texas Award, Women's Health and Family Planning Group, 2002

       * Kiwanis Club “Community Builder” Award, 2002

       * NAMI Tarrant County Community Service Award, 2002

       * Texas Council on Family Relations Meritorious Family      Award, 2002

       * Texas Public Health Association Legislator of the Year Award, 2001/2002

       * Texas Democratic Women's Group Humanitarian Award, 2002

       * American Cancer Society Texas Advocacy Award, 2002

       * Fort Worth Lighthouse for the Blind Lumen Award, 2001

       * North Central Texas M.S. Legislator of the Year, 2001

       * Fort Worth Chapter of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians Patient Advocacy Award, 2001

       * Texas Council on Family Violence Legislator of the Year, 2001

       * Metroplex Chapter Concerns of Police Survivors Legislator's Award, 2001

       * Texas Assisted Living Association Legislator of the Year, 2001

       * Camp Fire Kids Rosie Mauk Award, 2001

       * Texas Association of Obstetricians & Gynecologists Legislator of the Year, 2001

       * Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association Public Service         Award, 2001

       * Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and Texas Council of Family Violence The Pillar of Hope Award, 2001

       * Common Cause Star of Texas Public Service Award, 2000

       * Tarrant County Youth Collaboration Friend of Youth           Award, 2000

       * Children's Hospital Association Golden Bootie Award, 2000

       * Texas Mental Health Liaison Group Governmental Award, 2000

       * Texas Hospital Association Texas Hospital Advocacy       Tribute, 2000

       * Texas Association of Community Health Centers State Health Care Champion Award, 1999

       * Texas Public Health Association Outstanding Legislator    Award, 1999

       * Mental Health Association of Greater Dallas Prism Award, 1999

    And there's more…at the link.

  2. I agree
    The Mayor of a top-20 city should not have taken this long to release a statement on an issue that has attracted world-wide attention.  There is no excuse, and my hometown's reputation has suffered as a result.  

  3. Five Years Ago
    Yes. Mayor Moncrief reacted immediately to the Water Garden drownings. If you watch the video, the Mayor is shown right there viewing the scene.

    The Rainbow Lounge Raid, while not resulting in any deaths so far, has also received nationwide attention.

    Interestingly, the TABC Web Site Notices highlights their recent “inspections.” It also highlights that Mr. Gibson was “treated for alcohol poisoning and a head injury,” in that order.

    Have any of the Commissioners (all appointed by Perry) made any statements?

    If not now, when?

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