Watch: Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Apologizes for Raid on Gay Bar


On Monday, I reported that the Atlanta Police Department had a greed to a $1 million settlement with Atlanta Eagle staff and patrons for the September 2009 raid on the establishment.

Yesterday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held a press conference and apologized for what happened.

Said Reed:

"I believe that what occurred that evening should not have happened and should not happen again. As mayor of the city of Atlanta, I feel pain for anyone mistreated in our city and apologize to each plaintiff in the Calhoun case."

The settlement, which you can read here, also included broad procedural changes for the police department so what happened that night won't happen again:

"Atlanta Eagle patrons alleged they were forced to lie face down on the bar's floor the night of the raid as members of the APD¹s Red Dog Unit searched them for drugs and ran background checks on them using their ID cards. Eight people were arrested and charged with operating an adult establishment without proper city permits. The raid occurred on the bar's once popular "Underwear Night" in which dancers clad in underwear entertained patrons."

Watch Reed's full statement and a report form MyFOX Atlanta, AFTER THE JUMP...

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