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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28, 2009
On August 28, 2009, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) Chief of Field Operations Joel Moreno terminated the employment of three Fort Worth employees for their involvement in the Rainbow Lounge incident occurring June 28, 2009.
On June 28, 2009, TABC agents and officers from the Fort Worth Police Department arrested several individuals at three TABC-licensed locations in Fort Worth: The Rosedale Saloon located at 150 W. Rosedale, Cowboy Palace located at 160 W. Rosedale, and the Rainbow Lounge located at 651 S. Jennings. A patron at the Rainbow Lounge was seriously injured while in the custody of TABC.
Administrator Alan Steen immediately initiated an internal affairs investigation into the actions of the agents involved. Agent Christopher Aller and Agent Trainee Jason Chapman were placed on desk duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Shortly after the start of the investigation, Sergeant Terry Parsons announced his intent to retire effective September 2, 2009. Parsons has been using his accrued leave since that time.
On July 31, TABC Captain Andy Pena submitted an investigation report finding that Aller, Chapman and Parsons violated various agency policies. (See previous press releases here: http://www.tabc.texas.gov/home/press_releases.asp
As a result of the policy violations found during the internal affairs investigation:
Additionally, Fort Worth District Lt. Gene Anderson has been notified that he will receive three days suspension without pay and six months probation for inadequate monitoring of the training of new agents and inadequate supervisory oversight of his employees and their activities. In accordance with agency policy, Lt. Anderson has been informed of his right to file a grievance with Administrator Alan Steen within ten working days.
Finally, Captain Robert "Charlie" Cloud has received a written reprimand for failure to follow the incident notification policy, inadequate monitoring of the training of new agents and inadequate supervisory oversight of the Fort Worth employees and their activities.
Chief Joel Moreno said, "I have the full confidence that Lt. Anderson and Captain Cloud will be successful in implementing change and improving the service they provide to their communities. The first step is by working more closely with their employees, mentoring them and serving as positive role models by exemplifying the agency's four cornerstones: service, courtesy, integrity, and accountability. It is essential that every employee understands our core value: We do the right thing, not what we have the right to do."
TABC Administrator Alan Steen will not be available to comment on these disciplinary actions because he is responsible for making the final decision on any appeals.
In addition to the internal affairs investigation conducted by Captain Andy Pena, Chief Joel Moreno conducted a management review of the entire state's field operations, and the following changes are being made:
Chief Moreno said, "We are continuing to look at ways to bridge the gap between our employees and the communities we serve and to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with TABC is treated with respect. The changes outlined here are the first steps the agency is taking, but they will not be the last."
A separate investigation report to address the issue of the agents' use of force at the Rainbow Lounge is still pending. That report will take into account statements by TABC employees, Fort Worth police officers, other eye witnesses, and expert witnesses. At this time, the agency expects the report to be complete in September.
Contact: Carolyn Beck, TABC Public Information Officer, 512-206-3347