|Atlanta City Council committee approves $120,000 settlement for Eagle raid|
|Written by Dyana Bagby|
|Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:53|
The Atlanta City Council's Public Safety Committee today approved a $120,000 settlement for eight new plaintiffs who sued the city over the unconstitutional raid on the Atlanta Eagle raid two years ago.
The settlement awards $15,000 to each of the plaintiffs who reached the settlement agreement before the two-year statute of limitations expired on the Sept. 10, 2009, raid on the gay Midtown bar. They reached the agreement without filing a lawsuit.
The investigations also uncovered blatant homophobia by some of the APD officers during the raid.
"Officer Jeremy Edwards (member of the Vice Unit at the time of the raid) for his statement during this investigation said that 'Seeing another man have sex with another man in the ass, I would classify that as very violent.' This statement can be conferred as derogatory based on the assumed sexual orientation of those persons he witnessed engaged in such activity in the bar," according to the OPS investigation.
The OPS report also noted that Sgt. John Brock, who was a key player in organizing the raid, said he forced patrons to the floor because he believed there was violence associated with being in a leather bar:
Brock and Edwards were fired from the APD as well as several others involved in the raid.
Former Atlanta Eagle bartender Chris Lopez has also filed suit against the city of Atlanta and four officers involved in the raid.
He alleges in his lawsuit filed Sept. 9 that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated when he was arrested and then put on trial in Atlanta Municipal Court. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia.
Editor's Note: An earlier version stated the eight men who agreed to a $120,000 settlement with the city had filed a separate lawsuit against Reed and 25 officers. That is incorrect. They reached a settlement agreement with the city after a lawsuit was filed. There are two pending lawsuits against the city regarding the Eagle raid — one in which Dan Grossman and Gerry Weber are representing 10 plaintiffs and another in which former Eagle bartender Chris Lopez is suing. The GA Voice regrets the error.
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