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|Police chief: Eagle raid punishments 'premature'|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|February 21, 2011 10:20|
Atlanta Police Department's Chief George Turner responded to the APD's LGBT Advisory Board's letter of recommendation that officers involved in the raid be suspended and receive additional training on constitutional protections.
Turner, however, suggested any disciplinary action should come after the completion of the department's own internal investigation.
"To render a decision on discipline would, at this time, be premature and nullify any purpose for continuing the investigation," Turner wrote. "Additionally, all employees are afforded due process in internal investigative files."
In his response, Chief Turner does not give an indication of the investigation's timeline, though he wrote the investigation would be completed "expeditiously."
Read Turner's response below:
The city has come under fire for a string of recent controversies involving the police department. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution also reported last week that the Atlanta police officers involved in the Atlanta Eagle raid racked up large tabs at the bar before the actual raid began while officer Bennie Bridges, the lead investigator in the case, was recently arrested in Cobb county on DUI and marijuana possession charges. Bridges has since been placed on administrative leave without pay.
Click here to review the timeline of the Eagle raid case.
Top photo: Atlanta Police Chief George Turner (file)
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