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6 Atlanta Cops Dismissed For Gay Bar Raid

AtlantaEagle Back in 2009, the Atlanta Police Department raided a local gay bar, The Eagle, resulting in massive protests and a huge lawsuit that cost the city $1 million.

Now, almost two years later, the APD has fired six police officers for lying about what went down that fateful night:

A team of lawyers conducted an investigation into the incident and released a report last month saying that at least 10 officers lied and many deleted data from cell phones to hide their actions during the September 2009 raid.

Six officers were dismissed Friday "for violating the department's truthfulness policy," police spokesman Carlos Campos said in a statement.

Two other officers accused of lying had already been dismissed as a result of an unrelated internal investigation, Campos said, and Chief George Turner ordered that the charges against two others be withdrawn because there wasn't enough evidence they lied.

Nine other officers have been reprimanded for misconduct and three others have disciplinary hearing set for next week.

Justice doesn't always move fast, but at least it can make a bit of progress.

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  1. they still got paid for the two years right? they needs to give that money back.

    the african american community have long since known the police force is a corrupt that its affecting gays, its now, "a problem."

    Posted by: andy | Jul 9, 2011 7:53:52 PM

  2. "now that its affecting gays, its now, "a problem."

    Yeah...that whole Stonewall thing was the police showing their love of gay people. What a freakin retarded statement. Brush up on your history and lose your "victim" mentality.

    Posted by: Scott C | Jul 9, 2011 8:12:03 PM

  3. I am a bit confused by the above comment. .. is there actually someone on this blog site, who feels that this is a "new" gay problem? .. gosh, have you heard of Stonewall, or pre-Stonewall days. I think it's at least great news that the cops are being called out on it .. and that the gay community WON a lawsuit against the cops! ...I personally suffer myself permanent injuries from multiple tasering and brutal assault by local small town police 5 yrs ago, my case finally just came to federal court, in spite of total proof, photos, ...and the cops destroying all evidence - EVEN "lost" the weapon, the records, the cameras, told different conficting accounts of the incident, and contradicted themselves on the stand ... and were still exonerated. Police abuse, and homophobia , it seems is even experiencing an even more egregious up=surge of homophobia .. esp against gays in southern and smaller homophobic towns. yet, police abuse is a horrible problem for any minority ...what's up with the idea that the gay community is not an advocate against bigotry against the black community, and recognizes, and holds with equal passion abuse against our black brothers and sisters?

    Posted by: jg | Jul 9, 2011 8:25:58 PM

  4. These kinds of dismissals are very rare.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 9, 2011 8:36:16 PM

  5. @Andy In my humble opinion, it was a problem when it was affecting African Americans.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jul 9, 2011 8:45:48 PM

  6. Yes, the Atlanta PD has terminated six officers. The travesty here though is that both the APD's internal investigation and at the independent report by the Greenberg Traurig law firm found 24 officers violated the 4th amendment rights of the Eagle patrons then lied about and destroyed evidence of their actions. How can the citizens of Atlanta trust these officers to lawfully perform their duties? They all need to go!

    If you live in Atlanta the APD's LGBT advisory board is meeting this Wednesday at 7pm. We need to let our community leaders know this can't be allowed to end with anything less than all the officers dismissed from duty.

    To learn more check out...

    You can sign a petition demanding Atlanta Mayor Reed dismiss all the officers involved at...

    Posted by: AIzzard | Jul 9, 2011 8:47:44 PM

  7. Yes, Andy... everyone is always out to get you. "Woe is me! Woe is me!" Grow up and get over yourself.

    Posted by: MJ | Jul 9, 2011 9:02:57 PM

  8. Hmm, so they got caught for is that going to change the Department? The reason they lied is because they knew it was wrong. However, how did they feel so emboldened to do it the first place? It seems a bigger step needs to be taken by Atlanta and institute bolder anti-discriminatory regulations.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 9, 2011 9:35:38 PM

  9. Finally, some measure of justice. Judging by the number of officers involved, one can sense the size and scope that this raid must have entailed.

    Posted by: ralph | Jul 9, 2011 11:24:05 PM

  10. Police raided the NYC Eagle the night marriage equality was voted in during Pride weekend. They made patrons empty their pockets.
    In this case, it's the police force working for private developers. The highline, a park one story above street level on abandoned railroad tracks, opened the new northern extension the beginning of the same week as Pride. A huge development corp., Avalon is going to develop luxury housing across from the Eagle, which is down the street from the Highline. Of course, a leather bar would not be acceptable near such a tony place. So, the powers that be send in the cops to shake it down, disrupt business, hassle patrons. They claim they were responding to numerous "311" complaints, yet a map of the areas complaints proved that there were none. I've lost all respect for cops. They suck.

    Posted by: kodiak | Jul 9, 2011 11:32:47 PM

  11. Attention to all prospective bar owners: avoid naming your place "The Eagle." There's this raid in Atlanta. The one in NY was raided a couple weeks ago. And the Eagle in San Francisco recently closed after a landlord dispute.

    It's cursed! Though I would have to guess it's the most common name for a gay bar in America. It's not a chain, so can someone explain the significance of the eagle in gay folklore? Or is it simply a signifier for leather-leaning gay bars?

    Don't get me wrong. I definitely prefer it to names like Mineshaft. And there must be quite a few Studs. Tracks used to be a chain, but it fell on hard times.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 9, 2011 11:35:23 PM

  12. I'm genuinely surprised to hear of any of those officers receiving any sort of real disciplinary action. Normally they're very good at protecting their own.

    Posted by: Pira | Jul 9, 2011 11:46:00 PM

  13. sounds like actual justice is being dispensed!

    Posted by: Wheezy | Jul 10, 2011 12:31:14 AM

  14. I note that the thugs were dismissed for lying about the hate crime they committed, not for the hate crime, and that they were merely fired from their jobs, not prosecuted.

    I also note that commenters here regard this as justice.

    Maybe we could all take a moment to imagine ten jack booted gestapo thugs raiding the bar at the local McCormick & Schmick and attacking the patrons. Imagine the response of an average affluent hetero couple having a cocktail while waiting for a table when they're thrown to the ground, beaten and humiliated. Then imagine the response of their lawyer, the bar's lawyer, the courts, and the media.

    This is the country African Americans have always lived in. Perhaps we should ask respected black civil rights leaders if they have any advice other than singing "We shall overcome."

    Posted by: Bryan | Jul 10, 2011 1:02:57 AM

  15. Over twenty-years ago I visited Atlanta on business, and spent several pleasant evenings at "Burkharts" in Buckhead. What shocked me was that after midnight there were public-address announcements every 30-minutes warning of where the Police roadblocks were that night. The bartender volunteered that it was "just the usual harassment" specifically-aimed at Burkhart's gay patrons. More shocking was that everyone else there seemed to just take in in-stride like they were weather forecasts.

    Sad to see that the "South" hasn't changed...still.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Jul 10, 2011 1:08:50 AM

  16. MJ, you F***ing prick, STFU. This whole episode was a travesty of justice.

    Posted by: Tom | Jul 10, 2011 1:59:45 AM

  17. good riddance.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 10, 2011 2:03:48 AM

  18. If memory serves, owners of the bar offered to drop the lawsuit if they got an apology from the police, a public apology. That never happened. Also the money was used in and around Atlanta, for various worthy causes. The owners never kept the money.

    Posted by: Beau | Jul 10, 2011 2:44:54 AM

  19. @Paul R Not that I would ever consider looking for a leather bar in a city I was visiting, but going to one named The Eagle would probably work. Damn clever those leather men.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jul 10, 2011 3:13:46 AM

  20. Guys, you need to read the article linked at "fired six police officers" to see that more punishments have been and are being made. I think the Atlanta Police Department took this incident very seriously indeed, and their doing so sends an important message, not only to their own force, but to police across the country. Things are changing, but we will need to keep on the pressure. It will take a while for attitudes to change in Podunk, USA.

    Posted by: Abel | Jul 10, 2011 6:51:06 AM

  21. You know what pisses me off? People like SCOTT C who have to shove everything that happened in the past like "Stonewall" for example down people's throats like he's been put on this earth to give people history lessons and such. Yes the "Stonewall" incident was a horrible, horrible chapter in gay history. Not every African American out there who comments on something as socially unjust as what happened in Atlanta, feels that they are "VICTIMS"as you put it. F**K YOU and your attitude you racist queen. .

    Posted by: RT | Jul 10, 2011 8:03:37 AM

  22. He was only responding to Andy because he made a stupid statement and tried to turn what happened into a racial issue. His mention of Stonewall was in regards to Andy implying that it is just now becoming a problem for gay people. You should not throw the word racist around like that, it makes you look stupid.

    Posted by: Stuff | Jul 10, 2011 11:01:10 AM

  23. Clearly I see things differently that you, but I appreciate your response and opinion Stuff. I was merely responding to what I perceived to be a racist comment by someone who hasn't walked in an African Americans or any minorities shoes for that matter. In mho it was a racist statement and I stand by what I said. If I offended you in or anyone I apologize but like I said I stand by what I wrote.

    Posted by: RT | Jul 10, 2011 12:02:40 PM

  24. This is the country African Americans have always lived in. Perhaps we should ask respected black civil rights leaders if they have any advice other than singing "We shall overcome."....

    Posted by: Bryan | Jul 10, 2011 1:02:57 AM

    The ending of your comment was very stupid!

    Posted by: CHRIS DACHOCOLATEBEARCUB | Jul 10, 2011 12:16:59 PM

  25. @KODIAK,

    Interesting take. I wasn't aware the Highline opened an extension; and the luxury housing developers wanting to get rid of The Eagle is plausible and typical.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jul 10, 2011 9:47:03 PM

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