FORT WORTH—Fort Worth will shell out $440,000 to stay out of court. According to city staff, that's the cheapest option.
Two men brought suits against the city after an inspection at the Rainbow Lounge, a Fort Worth gay bar, in June of 2009.
The city insists this is not an admission of guilt. It's settling to avoid a lengthy, and costly court battle.
Chad Bibson accused fort worth police of using excessive force during the raid. He came away from the night with a head injury. How, he'll come away with $400,000.
Tuesday, city council approved the settlement. It required council's approval because it was more than $50,000
The city is also giving George Armstrong $40,000. He claimed police gave him a torn rotator cuff.
"There was no admission of wrong-doing by our officers. None of us were there that night, so we don't know what occurred. Only those who were there do. We have to listen to our lawyers, their advice, and their counsel to limit our exposure and that of the taxpayers," said Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief.
In a short new conference with reporters, Moncrief touted how far the city's come since the night. The city's added an GLBT-liaison to the police department, and restructured its bar inspection policy.
"Now there's a specific step-by-step process that goes from being a bar check, to a bar inspection, to a bar investigation. It just gives us more of a direct path to take," said Sara Straten, Fort Worth Police's GLBT liaison.
It's also starting up an advisory council to discuss diversity in Fort Worth.
"Our diversity in this city is our strength. It is not a weakness and we can't afford to let it become one, nor will we," said Moncrief.