POLITICS
07/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Gay Bar Raid In Texas Protested: Excessive Force Alleged

FORT WORTH (AP) -- Protesters upset with the way police conducted a raid on a gay nightclub rallied in downtown Fort Worth.

Seven people were arrested for public intoxication during the raid on the Rainbow Lounge early Sunday. Protesters said one person was seriously injured and excessive force was used.

Police disputed the accusation of excessive force and said the department would thoroughly investigate any allegations. The raid was one of three bar checks conducted by police and agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Police said two intoxicated individuals made sexually explicit moves toward officers and a third grabbed a TABC agent's groin. Several patrons told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the officers weren't assaulted.

About 100 protesters gathered Sunday night.