At Last, the TABC's Alan Steen Apologizes For "Violations" During the Rainbow Lounge Raid
More than two weeks after Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Administrator Alan Steen acknowledged an internal investigation following the raid on the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth -- which left Chad Gibson hospitalized with serious head injuries -- Steen finally gave an interview concerning what might have gone wrong that night. He spoke to the Dallas Voice, and, for the first time, Steen apologized for how some TABC agents "violated" its policy:
"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 has much, more more to say to the paper -- including the fact that the Fort Worth sergeant in charge of the raid has stepped down, while two others are on desk duty pending the results of the internal investigation.
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