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Alleged gay bashing at Atlantic Station remains unsolved

Atlantic Station

With 50 surveillance cameras located throughout Atlantic Station’s 138-acre complex of residences and retail businesses, finding out exactly when and where a gay man said he was assaulted on the property is apparently no easy task.

Atlantic Station security personnel are still poring through “hours and hours” of video as part of its investigation into the alleged Aug. 4 attack on John Mark Parker, 50, as he was walking to the Fenuxe Fire Party in the former Fox Sports Grill.

“I know we are working closely with the Atlanta Police Department and working closely with them to go through hours and hours of footage,” said Elizabeth Hagin, spokesperson for Atlantic Station. “Everything we have so far has been turned over to APD.”

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UPDATED: Gay man attacked Saturday at Atlantic Station

A gay man was attacked in Atlantic Station on Saturday night after being asked if he was gay by an unknown male who fled the scene on foot, according to a friend of the victim. The assailant has not yet been arrested, according to a statement from the Atlanta Police Department.

The victim was going to the Fenuxe Fire Party when he was attacked. The Fire Party was held at the Old Fox Grill at 261 19th St.

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APD: No indication of ‘bias crime’ at Church break-in

Interior of Church

Gay-favorite Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium — known better as Church — was vandalized over the weekend, according to a report filed by the Atlanta Police Department.

According to the police report, the Edgewood Avenue bar, where lesbian DJ Vicki Powell holds regular patio parties throughout the year, was broken into sometime around 5:20 a.m. Saturday morning. Some $3,000 worth of damage was done to the bar, including several broken windows, dozens of busted liquor bottles and drained beer taps.

APD spokesperson Carlos Campos declined to offer any information on the status of the investigation, other than to say it was ongoing, but did say that investigators did not see any indication of a bias crime.

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Police arrest Occupy Atlanta protesters, activists vow to return

Atlanta police officers arrest an Occupy Atlanta protester

Early Wednesday morning, the Atlanta Police Department, acting on orders from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, arrested 53 Occupy Atlanta protesters who defiantly remained in the city's Woodruff Park beyond an 11 p.m. curfew.

During an early morning press conference, Reed said that the city was forced to take action against the protesters after Occupy Atlanta organizers attempted to host a free hip-hop concert in Woodruff Park over the weekend without a proper security plan.

When Reed announced Oct. 24 a reversal of his earlier order allowing protesters to remain in Woodruff Park beyond the 11 p.m. curfew for the city's parks, activists accused the mayor of misrepresenting the reasons for booting the protesters.

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Atlanta police arrest 50 male prostitutes in ‘Operation Summer Heat’

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner

An undercover six-day vice and narcotics operation in Midtown Atlanta that ended Sunday night resulted in the arrests of 50 male and 11 female prostitutes, according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Most of the arrests occurred in the Peachtree/Cypress Street and Ponce de Leon corridors, areas known for prostitution.

“We’ve received many complaints about hustling and prostitution in these corridors,” Chief George Turner said in a statement. “We hope these arrests send a signal to the community that the APD is listening, and to lawbreakers that we are not going to tolerate this conduct.”

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Police release sketch of possible suspect in killing of Atlanta Black Gay Pride attendees

The Atlanta Police Department released late today a sketch of a potential suspect in the killing of Black Gay Pride attendees.

The victims, Calvin Streater and Samuel Blizzard, were shot execution style in an apartment at the Station at Richmond Hill, a gated complex, on Sept. 5, 2010.

Blizzard, 21, was a student at Georgia State University and originally from Spring Cove, Va. Streater, 26, was from Atlanta.

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Transgender woman robbed in possible Atlanta bias crime

A 16-year old male is under arrest after he allegedly beat a transgender woman and stole her purse in a March 12 incident that is being investigated as a possible bias crime by the Atlanta Police Department.

The victim, 22, whose home address is listed as being in Baltimore, Md., told police the suspect and friends with him shouted "faggot" and "Are you even a woman?" at her, according to the APD police report. 

The LGBT Unit, including Officers Patricia Powell and Brian Sharp, was notified of the incident immediately after it occurred and the APD's Homeland Security Unit is investigating the robbery as a possible bias crime, said Carlos Campos, spokesperson for the APD.

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Gay men report being robbed at gunpoint in Piedmont Park

Rev. Josh Noblitt of Saint Mark United Methodist Church and his partner say they were robbed at gunpoint Friday in Piedmont Park by a group of young men after being asked if they were gay.

Noblitt said he and his partner, Trent, were having a picnic dinner on the grassy area on 10th Street at about 9:45 p.m. on July 2 when three young men approached them.

“They walked up directly to us and asked, ‘Are y’all gay? Two men laying on a blanket. We ought to beat y’all for that,’” Noblitt said.