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Eagle attorneys: City ignores destroyed, missing evidence in lawsuit over gay bar raid

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

A week after the city of Atlanta filed a legal brief defending its handling of documents related to the controversial September 2009 police raid on the Atlanta Eagle, attorneys for plaintiffs in the gay bar the night of the incident fired back, claiming the city makes "no specific or meaningful attempt to explain or rebut the most serious allegations."

Patrons and staff of the Atlanta Eagle are suing the city in federal court after the botched raid, and have recently asserted that the city is not providing the information they have requested in the lawsuit's discovery phase. The Atlanta Police Department's Red Dog unit has been accused of illegally detaining the staff and patrons, searching them without warrants and using anti-gay slurs during the raid. The plaintiffs are represented by attorney Dan Grossman and attorneys with Lambda Legal and the Southern Center for Human Rights.

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Atlanta Eagle attorneys allege city withholding, destroying key evidence in federal lawsuit

Attorney Dan Grossman

Attorneys representing the Atlanta Eagle in a federal civil suit against the city of Atlanta and numerous Atlanta Police Department officers say the city is deliberately hiding information and even destroying evidence from as they seek details about the botched raid on the gay bar last year.

In court documents filed Oct. 6, the attorneys for the plaintiffs — Dan Grossman as well as attorneys from Lambda Legal and the Southern Center for Human Rights — allege, “Throughout this litigation the Defendants and their counsel have acted as if the rules, the law, and even the orders of this Court simply do not apply to them: They have responded late to most discovery requests; failed to respond at all to others; … failed to preserve, search for, or produce responsive items as required by law; failed to obey clear and unambiguous orders of this Court; and rather than produce evidence pursuant to this Court’s Order, they destroyed it.”

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Citizens Review Board: Police used abusive language in botched Atlanta Eagle bar raid

The Atlanta Citizens Review Board on Thursday sustained allegations of abusive, anti-gay and racist language used by Atlanta Police Department officers during the botched raid of the Atlanta Eagle last year. But the board chose not to make recommendations for disciplinary action until more investigations into complaints by employees and patrons were completed.

The Eagle is a gay bar located on Ponce de Leon Avenue. It was raided in September 2009.