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Will battle over the botched 2009 gay bar raid soon come to a close?

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Dan Grossman, attorney for patrons of the Atlanta Eagle the night the gay bar was raided, says courts are the worst place to solve problems. His nemesis in recent years, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, agrees wholeheartedly.

At a recent LGBT town hall forum to discuss the 2009 police raid, Grossman invited Reed to “do lunch.” The mayor accepted.

Although Reed himself has not reached out, as of press time, to Grossman to take him up on the offer for lunch or a face-to-face meeting, the city’s attorneys and Grossman were set to meet on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to discuss the second pending Eagle lawsuit as well as other issues.

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[Update with comment from city] City of Atlanta denies wrongdoing in second Eagle lawsuit

Update from Reese McCranie, spokesperson for Mayor Kasim Reed:


"The new lawsuit claims that every named plaintiff was subjected to improper treatment, including persons the City cannot confirm were actually present at the Eagle during the time of the operation. At this preliminary stage of the lawsuit, the City has not had an opportunity to interview these new plaintiffs and confirm their presence, so the City had no choice but to deny those allegations at this point. Had these new plaintiffs joined in the original Calhoun lawsuit instead of waiting for the outcome of that case before coming forward, the City would have been able to confirm their presence and include them in the previous settlement."

 

The city of Atlanta denies police officers violated the constitutional rights of patrons when the Vice Unit and the now disbanded Red Dog Unit raided the gay Midtown bar the Atlanta Eagle two years ago. The denial comes in the form of a response to the second lawsuit filed over the botched raid bar on Sept. 10, 2009.

"City defendants assert that they took no action to deprive plaintiff's of any right, privilege, freedom or immunity secured by the Constitution" and the laws of Georgia and Atlanta, reads the response filed in U.S. District Court on Thursday, Oct. 6 — the day before Atlanta Pride kicks off.

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Atlanta police sued for alleged illegal strip searches

dan grossman/10-4-11/web story

Five men who allege they were illegally strip searched in public by Atlanta Police Department officers are suing Mayor Kasim Reed and 14 police officers in federal court, saying their constitutional rights were violated.

Four of the five young men and their attorneys, Dan Grossman and Mark Bullman, held a press conference today at the state Capitol and spoke about the alleged violations by the now disbanded Red Dog Unit. All the incidents took place in the West End of the city and police said they were searching the men for drugs. No drugs were found on any of the plaintiffs and only one was charged with an offense — a broken tail light.

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Kasim Reed responds to Atlanta Eagle attorney

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed responded late Friday with a statement addressing what he said were false accusations by Eagle attorney Dan Grossman in the GA Voice article, "More lawsuits filed against city of Atlanta for raid on gay bar."

Grossman represented the original plaintiffs in a federal civil lawsuit against the city for the botched 2009 raid on the Atlanta Eagle and is now representing other men in a second lawsuit against Reed and 25 officers involved in the raid.

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More lawsuits filed against city of Atlanta for raid on gay bar

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Attorney Dan Grossman

Ten patrons of the Atlanta Eagle are suing Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and 25 police officers in Fulton County Superior Court, arguing their rights were violated during the botched raid on the gay bar. They allege many of the same offenses in the original lawsuit filed in November 2009, shortly after the raid occurred on Sept. 10, 2009.

Eight other men in the bar the night it was raided settled with the city Sept. 8 for an undisclosed amount of money. The Atlanta City Council will have to approve the settlement and at that time the amount will be made public.

Represented by attorneys Dan Grossman and Gerry Weber, the plaintiffs in the new lawsuit accuse the officers of violating the Fourth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution protecting people from illegal search and seizures. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 8.