Investigations into gay bars in the Seattle area that were raided for "lewd conduct" have been suspended and violations dismissed following community outcry. The Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board has halted enforcement of its lewd conduct rules and participation in the Joint Enforcement Team responsible for the raids. The board will discuss amending or repealing the violation regulations next week. The raids targeted four LGBTQ+ nightlife spaces, with officers claiming to witness instances of "lewd" behavior. However, the board acknowledged the concerns raised by the LGBTQ+ community and apologized for their actions. The bars involved celebrated the decision to drop all charges.
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