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|Eight Atlanta Eagle patrons settle with city, second lawsuit moves forward with 10 plaintiffs|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Friday, 09 September 2011 16:19|
Eight "John Does" settled with the city rather than be part of the lawsuit filed Thursday in Fulton Superior Court against Mayor Kasim Reed and more than 20 individual police officers saying their constitutional rights were violated when police raided the Atlanta Eagle, a Midtown gay bar, on Sept. 10, 2009.
Repeated requests this week for comment from the city have not been answered. Reese McCranie, the gay deputy director of communications for Mayor Reed, said today that a statement may come Monday or Tuesday.
"In the past I have as a patrol officer handled calls where there are gay couples living in residence where one is mad at the other, and they slash clothes, furniture, anything they can do. They’re very violent. So, no. I definitely do think there was a high risk there. I think the only safe way -- and I think you’re getting towards why I had everybody put on the ground," Brock said.
When asked if Brock thought gay people are more violent than other citizens, Brock responded that they are.
"My experience, yes. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, when they’re -- when they get mad, they get really mad. So ...," Brock said.
• Kelly Collier
• Craig Condon
• Stalone Davis
• Christopher Dowd
• Jeremy Edwards – fired for "lack of truthfulness" during investigations into Eagle raid. Edwards also stated in the investigation that "Seeing another man have sex with another man in the ass, I would classify that as very violent."
• Herman Glass
• Robert Godwin
• Brandon Jackson had already been fired due to lying in an unrelated federal case before the investigations into the Eagle raid were released.
• Dimitri Jaques
• Melonie Mague
• Vincente Marcano
• Cayenne Mayes — fired for "lack of truthfulness" in investigations into Eagle raid.
• Timothy McClain
• James Menzoian had already been fired along with Brandon Jackson for lying in an unrelated case.
• Marlon O. Noble
• Darnell Perry
• William Porter
• Carlos Smith
• Stephanie Upton
• William Brian Walters
• Jared G. Watkins
The federal judge in the first lawsuit declared the raid unconstitutional, proving that the allegations made by the bar's patrons were true. In addition to the two city investigations, the Atlanta Citizen Review Board found the accusations the men made against the APD as true more than a year ago. The board recommended punishments only to have Chief George Turner ignore them and instead wait for the Office of Professional Standards investigation and the investigation by high-profile law firm Greenberg Traurig, hired by the city, before taking action ondisciplining officers.
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