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Texas Public Intoxication Laws Allow Arrests Without Intoxication. Or Even Drinking.

5 years agoNews : The Agitator

Various jurisdictions in Texas have made news over the last several years for sending vice squads into bars and arresting patrons for drinking. Not drinking and driving, mind you. Just drinking. In a bar. In a scary piece for Mother Jones, Adam Weinstein delves into just how ridiculously broad and vague the state’s public intoxication [...]
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Texas Intoxication Laws Target Gays, Hispanics

US Politics / Liberal : Drudge Retort Weblog (5 years ago)

Mother Jones: Most states and towns have public intoxication laws that allow peace officers to pick up the drunk and disorderly. But in the Lone Star State, the nation's broadest PI law lets cops go virtually anywhere and arrest any... Read Post

Candlelight Vigil Planned as Police Chief Floats 'Gay Panic' Defense in Violent Bar Raid in Fort Worth, Texas

LGBT / Gay : Towleroad (5 years ago)

Here's an update on activity following the Stonewall-style raid on the recently-opened Rainbow Lounge bar in Fort Worth, Texas which resulted in seven arrests for "public intoxication" and a massive head injury to one of the patrons... Read Post

Drinking While Brown (or Gay) in Texas Will Get You Arrested

US Politics / Liberal : AlterNet Blogs: Speakeasy (5 years ago)

The nation's broadest public intoxication law gives TX cops virtually free rein to arrest anyone for drunkenness -- even if they're quietly nursing a beer in a bar. Read Post

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