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Victims help catch suspects who robbed them after leaving Blake’s

MugshotTwo men who were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night after leaving Blake's on the Park helped police catch their alleged assailants.

Fabian Gutierrez and Michael Davis were robbed at the corner off 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive as they walked to Gutierrez' apartment from Blake's on the Park, according to an Atlanta Police Department report.

The men had seen a white mini-van pass them moments before. They saw two men get out of the van – one in a white shirt, one in a black shirt — then split up. Then the two suspects approached them. The man in the black shirt put a handgun to Gutierrez' head as they searched both victims' pockets and stole Gutierrez' iPhone.

"The suspects then took off south toward 8th Street as Gutierrez followed," the police report stated.

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Atlanta police arrest second suspect in anti-gay beating

dorianmontagnewebPolice have arrested a second suspect in the anti-gay beating in Atlanta's Pittsburgh community that was videotaped and posted online, with one more suspect still sought. Dorian Moragne, age 19, turned himself in at Atlanta Public Safety Headquarters around 4 p.m. today, accompanied by his attorney, Atlanta police announced.

Moragne faces charges of robbery and aggravated assault, according to APD. Christopher Cain, 18, was arrested Feb. 11 and is charged with aggravated assault and robbery.

The third suspect has been identified but remains at large. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has announced a $25,000 reward for information in the case.

Fulton County Jail records show Moragne has been arrested four times since June 2010. His most recent arrest was Dec. 2, 2011, where he remained in jail until Dec. 29 facing 10 charges that include identity fraud, criminal damage to property and theft by receiving stolen property, among others.

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Police arrest suspect in anti-gay Atlanta beating

Brandon White attackerPolice have arrested one suspect in the anti-gay beating in Atlanta's Pittsburgh community that was videotaped and posted online, with two more suspects identified. Christopher Cain is charged with aggravated assault and robbery.

The full statement from the Atlanta Police Department issued this morning:

The Atlanta Police Department's Fugitive Unit, with assistance from APD Zone 6 Mobile Patrol, has arrested one of the suspects in the videotaped beating of 20-year-old Brandon White in southwest Atlanta last Saturday. Christopher Cain, B/M, 7/21/93, was taken into custody without incident around midnight in the DeKalb County portion of the City of Atlanta. He was charged with aggravated assault and robbery and transported to the Fulton County Jail. No further details of his apprehension will be released. With the assistance of tips received through Crime Stoppers Atlanta, police have also identified two other suspects, currently wanted for aggravated assault and armed robbery. At this time, their identifications are being withheld. The APD will continue to work with partner agencies, including the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI and the Fulton County District Attorney's Office, to bring all of the perpetrators to justice. No further information will be released at this time due to the pending investigation.

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Atlanta police seek help to solve ‘cold case’ murder of gay man

John E. Ray was killed May 16, 2004, in his home by someone police believe he met on a gay dating website. Now the Atlanta Police Department's Complex Cold Case Unit is investigating the slaying, hoping to find clues or information to lead them to the man who beat, stabbed and robbed the paralegal and Air Force veteran.

“I want to know if there are people that contacted John Ray via the Internet and participated in these online dating sites that may have had the same kinds of problems,” Detective David Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"I think that the person that preyed on John Ray online was not gay,” Quinn told the AJC. “They came here specifically to target John Ray for robbery.”

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Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Group wants chief to punish Eagle raid officers

The Atlanta Police Department’s LGBT Advisory Group is urging Chief George Turner to accept the Atlanta Citizens Review Board recommendations for punishments of the officers and supervisors involved in the illegal Atlanta Eagle raid.

At its Monday meeting, the advisory board voted to inform the chief as well as the mayor that members “strongly support” the CRB’s recommendations that the officers involved in the raid on Sept. 10, 2009, be punished with three days unpaid leave, a written reprimand and training on the Fourth Amendment. The board also backed the CRB’s recommendations that the supervisors of the raid receive written reprimands and Fourth Amendment training.

Sgt. Kelley Collier, who said during a CRB in-depth investigation that he could virtually not recall anything the night of the raid, was recommended to receive a 30-day suspension without pay for being “untruthful” — an offense that typically ends in an officer being fired.

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Mayor Kasim Reed speaks out on investigation into Red Dog Unit officers

In an interview with WSB TV, Mayor Kasim Reed spoke out for the first time about the current internal investigation into three Atlanta Police Red Dog Unit officers allegedly pulling over two men and strip searching them in the middle of the road in broad daylight. Two of the accused Red Dog officers were involved in the illegal raid on the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar in Midtown.

"It is going to be robust and swift. We have a problem," Reed told WSB TV reporter Ryan Young.

The men's allegations are being investigated by the Citizens Review Board as well.

"Now when things when brought to our attention by the CRB we are not going to make excuses, we're going to change," Reed told WSB TV.

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Details emerge in Atlanta Eagle lawsuit settlement

The Atlanta Police Department is required to make specific changes and conclude an investigation into the officers involved in last year’s botched Atlanta Eagle raid within 180 days as as ordered by Judge Timothy Batten in the settlement of the Atlanta Eagle lawsuit.

According to court documents: “The City of Atlanta agrees permanently to revoke or amend all Atlanta Police Department SOPs, Command Memoranda, and any other policies, including but not limited to SOP.3020 § 4.3.1(2) (regarding warrantless searches), SOP.3030 (regarding arrests), and SOP.3065 (regarding investigatory detentions and frisks without reasonable articulable suspicion), which contain provisions that are inconsistent with the following constitutional requirements.”

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Atlanta police LGBT advisory board meets Monday

The Atlanta Police Department announced the first scheduled meeting of the city’s LGBT Advisory Board.

The panel will meet at Saint Mark United Methodist Church on Monday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public.

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Citizens board: Atlanta police falsely imprisoned Atlanta Eagle patrons

Atlanta Eagle staff and patrons rally one the one-year anniversary of the APD raid

The Atlanta Eagle patrons and employees were falsely imprisoned and had their civil rights violated when the gay bar was raided a year ago by the Atlanta Police Department, according to the Atlanta Citizen Review Board.

The ruling was made during the CRB’s meeting Sept. 9. The board also ruled that while it was likely abusive language, including racist epithets and anti-gay slurs, was used by the 24 officers during the raid, there was no way to prove exactly who said what. The 24 officers all denied using abusive language, according to a CRB investigator, despite the witnesses and the patrons in the bar who said the abusive language was used.