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|Queer Justice League petitions Atlanta mayor over Eagle officers|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|July 06, 2011 10:35|
Action-oriented LGBT advocacy group Queer Justice League posted a petition on Change.org today, calling for the City of Atlanta, and Mayor Kasim Reed in particular, to take bold measures against the Atlanta Police officers who broke the law and did not follow procedure during the 2009 raid on the Atlanta Eagle.
The QJL is petitioning the mayor to fire all 25 officers involved in the raid who were found to have violated procedure during the raid, as well as charge officers for various crimes committed during and after the raid. You can read all about it here.
A copy of the petition is below:
Dear Mayor Reed:
Nearly two years have passed since the Atlanta Police Department raid on the Atlanta Eagle, and we now ask you to fulfill your pledge to the LGBT community for a thorough investigation and swift action. The recently released internal OPS report and the independent Greenberg-Traurig report found indisputably that officers broke the law. This week, the Department of Justice cited the raid as an example of anti-gay police harassment. The city of Atlanta cannot tolerate officers who break the law, nor can its citizens have faith in a police department that condones unlawful behavior.
We are calling for all twenty-five officers who have been found to have violated the law during the Atlanta Eagle raid to be fired immediately. Furthermore, we are asking for these officers to be prosecuted for the crimes they committed against citizens they swore an oath to protect and serve.
It is our hope, Mayor Reed, that you will stand by your pledge for appropriate and swift action. The Atlanta LGBT community has faith that if you stand with us in seeking justice, what happened at the Atlanta Eagle will never happen again.
The Queer Justice League
What do you think it the proper punishment for officers who violated the law during the raid? Should they be charged and tried in addition to being fired?
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