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Atlanta City Councilmember hosts forum on Midtown public safety

Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan

Atlanta City Councilmember Alex Wan (District 6) will host a public safety forum on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the YMCA on North Highland Avenue to discuss recent criminal activity in and around Midtown.

The meeting follows an armed robbery and police shootout on Oct. 26 in the heart of the Midtown residential neighborhood. The robbery occurred near the intersection of 8th and Myrtle streets.

Joining Wan, the only openly gay council member, will be Atlanta Police Department Zone 6 Commander Major John Dalton and Zone 2 Commander Major Robert Browning.

The forum will offer citizens a chance to engage the Atlanta Police Department in an effort to find ways of working with the department to reduce crime in the Midtown neighborhoods as the holidays approach.

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Atlanta City Council pushes toward Sunday retail alcohol sales

The Atlanta City Council is considering a measure that would allow city voters to decide in November whether or not to allow retail alcohol sales on Sunday.

Sunday alcohol sales are supported by City Council Members Alex Wan, Kwanza Hall, Cleta Winslow, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Michael Julian Bond, H. Lamar Willis, and Yolanda Adrean, according to a press release from the council.

Wan, councilmember for Atlanta's District 6, is the first openly gay man to serve on the council. He asked supporters on Facebook last week whether or not they supported Sunday alcohol sales. Nearly everyone who responded voiced support for the measure.

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Breaking: Atlanta City Council approves settlement over Atlanta Eagle gay bar raid

Staff and patrons of the Atlanta Eagle mark the one-year anniversary of the botched police raid

The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously this afternoon to approve a $1.025 million settlement in a federal lawsuit over the Atlanta Police Department's 2009 raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The settlement must now go back to the federal judge for final approval. All parties in the case are under a gag order until the settlement is finalized.

Before the vote, the council met in closed executive session to discuss the proposed settlement, which was reached Friday between city attorneys and attorneys for patrons and employees of the Eagle.

The settlement resolution includes $1.025 million to go into an escrow account with Lambda Legal, one of two nonprofit legal groups that joined attorney Dan Grossman in representing the Eagle plaintiffs. The Southern Center for Human Rights also joined the case.

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Atlanta City Council deliberates $1.025 million settlement over Atlanta Eagle gay bar raid

The Atlanta City Council is in executive session now debating a settlement in the federal lawsuit filed over the Atlanta Police Department's 2009 raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

The council has been in a closed executive session for about 20 minutes to discuss the proposed settlement, which was reached Friday between city attorneys and attorneys for patrons and employees of the Eagle. The council is expected to vote on the settlement after the executive session ends.

The settlement resolution being considered by the council includes a $1.025 million to go into an escrow account with Lambda Legal, one of two nonprofit legal groups that joined attorney Dan Grossman in representing the Eagle plaintiffs. The Southern Center for Human Rights also joined the case.