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|Mayor speaks out more about changes to Atlanta Police Department|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|February 02, 2011 23:21|
Mayor Kasim Reed says there needs to be a change in the culture of the Atlanta Police Department after continuing complaints have been made against the controversial Red Dog Unit.
In an interview with WABE's Jim Burress, Reed said the future of the APD "may or may not include Red Dog."
Two men have alleged that three Red Dog Unit officers pulled them over and forced them to pull down their pants. The men also said they were fondled by the officers. Read the official complaints the two men filed here.
An internal investigation is underway into the men's allegations.
Two of the three Red Dog officers involved in the alleged fondling of the two men were also involved in the illegal raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a gay Midtown bar. Patrons in the bar that night, who later sued the city, said members of the paramilitary Red Dog Unit used anti-gay slurs against them, used excessive force, and searched them without probable cause. None of the patrons were arrested during the raid.
The city settled a federal lawsuit with the Eagle plaintiffs last month for more than $1 million. The settlement also included reforms to APD's standard operating procedures by mandating no more illegal search and seizures, as well as an internal investigation into all of the officers involved in the raid.
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