|Atlanta Eagle police raid investigations due today, but nothing surfaces yet|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Monday, 27 June 2011 16:55|
The long-awaited city investigation into the Atlanta Police Department’s 2009 raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar, was to be completed today, June 27, as mandated by a federal judge. The judge also required the report be released to the public when finished.
However, as June 27 comes to a close — a deadline set after the judge gave the city a three-week extension to finish the investigation — still nothing has been released from the mayor’s office or the APD to the public.
Two reports — one from the mayor's office and one from the APD's Office of Professional Standards — were due today as part of the city’s settlement with plaintiffs who sued the city after the bar was raided Sept. 10, 2009. The judge ruled the raid unconstitutional and the city settled the federal civil lawsuit for $1.025 million in December.
As part of that settlement, the judge ordered thorough investigations into the police raid. Plaintiffs alleged they were treated roughly by members of the now disbanded paramilitary Red Dog Unit, including officers hurling anti-gay slurs and racist slurs at them. The plaintiffs also said they were illegally searched and detained, violating their constitutional rights. The judge agreed the raid was unconstitutional when he signed off on the settlement.
Sgt. Curtis Davenport, spokesperson for the APD, told the GA Voice today he was not sure if the reports would be released today.
The city hired high-profile law firm Greenberg Traurig to conduct the city's investigation with former U.S. Attorney Joe Whitley heading it up.
Reese McCranie, spokesperson for Mayor Kasim Reed, said the city has not yet received the report from Greenberg Traurig.
"The court mandated it be completed today, which could mean by midnight," McCranie said. "Greenberg Traurig has not released it yet and once we receive it we will review it and release it to the public."
As part of the three-week extension of the investigation, the city agreed to make many documents available to the public once the investigation is completed. The June 1 court documents state:
On June 10, the APD rolled out changes ito its policies as part of fulfilling the requirements made in the settlement, including changes to its policies on searches and seizures.
Check back at www.thegavoice.com for continuing developments.
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