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City Council to Hear Grievances Over Atlanta Eagle Police Raid


Atlanta Eagle supporters plan to attend a City Council meeting tonight to voice their outrage over last Thursday's raid at the popular gay bar. Also, "Monday, bar supporters filed complains with the Atlanta police professional standards office -- setting off a formal investigation into last Thursday's raid."

Yesterday, Atlanta Police Chief said in a press conference that sexual activity prompted the raid, although that doesn't explain why patrons and staff were forced onto a dirty, beer-soaked floor for two hours while they were illegally searched and subjected to homophobic verbal abuse.

There is some new video of Sunday's protest outside the Eagle featuring more of the speakers who were present. I've posted it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier video is here.

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  1. You'd think it would have been fairly simple for the police to walk in, observe that no sexual activity was going on, turn around and walk out.

    I guess they thought they were going to find sexual activity in people's pockets.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 15, 2009 10:09:54 AM

  2. Y'all keep fighting. This kind of police behavior cannot stand.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 15, 2009 10:51:18 AM

  3. Has anyone done research to find out exactly who made the initial complaints that spurred the police raid?

    Posted by: Jeff NYC | Sep 15, 2009 12:27:55 PM

  4. SoVo has posted copies of the complaints. And they are so ludicrous, it's mindboggling that the APD took them seriously.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 15, 2009 1:39:16 PM

  5. Well, which was it? I have heard drugs, noise, and now sexual activity. Which was it that spurred the raid? Hearing this now makes me think they either didn't even know what they were doing there in the first place, or didn't have a valid reason for it and now are trying desperately to cover their asses. The first instance makes them look like fools, and the second like civil rights violators, so they can take their pick.

    Posted by: jtaskw | Sep 15, 2009 3:20:15 PM

  6. It would be nice to see those cops subjected to the same treatment they dole out? What a bunch of miscreants. I hope they not only lose their jobs but get back some of the bullshit they perpetuated on those innocent bar patrons. The chief needs to resign first since he obviously has no control over his officers. Glad to see there is no "REAL" crime in Atlanta. Jeez. Do people still wonder why policeman get so little respect?

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 15, 2009 6:23:30 PM

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