In Texas, drinking in a bar can get you busted (if you’re non-white and/or gay)

Drinking While Brown (or Gay) in Texas Will Get You Arrested
By Adam Weinstein, Mother Jones
Posted on February 25, 2010, Printed on March 3, 2010

Late on a balmy Saturday night last June, six Fort Worth cops and two officers from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission went looking for trouble. They had just raided two Hispanic bars in an industrial stretch of town and nine detainees now sat in the paddy wagon (pdf), hands bound with plastic ties. The rest of the city’s bars would soon shut down. It seemed like the night was over, except for the paperwork. Then Sergeant Richard Morris had an idea. “Hey,” he said. “Let’s go to the Rainbow Lounge.”

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