Alex Branch reports:
The city [Fort Worth, Texas] wants to protect the identities of witnesses present during a June 28 bar inspection at the Rainbow Lounge, arguing that their disclosure in a report would be an invasion of privacy.
Because the club caters to the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender community, identifying patrons “may cause some readers to speculate about that individual’s sexual orientation,” according to a letter from city attorneys to the Texas attorney general.
The city is seeking the attorney general’s opinion in response to open-records requests by the Star-Telegram and other media outlets for the final investigative report on the incident.
In the letter, city attorneys say the city will contact people mentioned in the report and notify them that they can waive their right to privacy.
Read more in the Star-Telegram.