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Atlanta Eagle celebrates 25 years — and end to long legal battles

The Atlanta Eagle celebrates 25 years and an end to lawsuits

The Atlanta Eagle is ready to party.

In April, the gay bar in Midtown celebrates its 25th anniversary with a barbecue, balloon drop and giveaways, as well as the annual Leather Pride event.

The entire month of April is also booked with numerous other parties each weekend, including the celebration of Richard Ramey and Robby Kelley owning the bar for 15 years and MondoHomo’s popular WigOut party and fundraiser.

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Fired Atlanta Eagle raid officer pleads for job back

A former Atlanta Police Department officer fired for lying during investigations into the unconstitutional raid on the Atlanta Eagle made a plea to the city's Civil Service Board to get his job back.

Cayenne Mayes, 34, a former member of the now disbanded APD's Red Dog Unit who was fired  in July, testified to the city's Civil Service Review Board on Wednesday and said he did not intend to lie when he told the Atlanta Citizen Review Board in March 2010 he did not pat down or frisk any patrons in the gay Midtown bar when it was raided Sept. 10, 2009.

In May, however, during an APD Office of Professional Standards and the Greenberg Traurig investigation, Mayes admitted he did pat down at least three men during the raid. He was fired by APD Chief George Turner in July after the Greenberg Traurig and OPS reports were finished and made public, showing many officers violated the rights of the patrons in the Eagle as well as did not follow policies. As a result of the reports, six officers, including Mayes, were fired.

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Eagle raid police officers protest firings, suspensions to Civil Service Board

Atlanta Police Department officers fired or suspended due to their actions in the raid on the Atlanta Eagle two years ago plan to go before the city's Civil Service Board this week to appeal their punishments.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m., Sgt. Kelly Collier will go before the board to appeal his 20-day suspension received from Chief George Turner as punishment for his behavior during the raid on the gay Midtown bar. Angela Robertson of the city's Human Resources Department said the hearing will take place in Suite 2174 of Atlanta City Hall located at 68 Mitchell Street.

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Ga. Supreme Court to hear gay journalist’s case against Atlanta City Council

Matthew Cardinale, activist and editor of the online Atlanta Progressive News, is slated to present his case to the Georgia Supreme Court on Oct. 4, alleging the Atlanta City Council has violated the Open Meetings Act.

According to a summary provided by the state Supreme Court, the case stems from a vote the Atlanta City Council took last year while on a retreat at the Georgia Aquarium on whether or not to limit public comments at committee meetings. Cardinale's lawsuit was filed in Fulton Superior Court on May 17, 2010.

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Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board announces process to select new member

The Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board met for its regular monthly meeting Monday and discussed how to replace a board member who resigned last month.

A draft application was handed out to board members at Monday's meeting and included a consent form for a background check by the APD as required in the board's by-laws. Board members will review the application that was determined from information gathered in the board's by-laws and email suggestions to board chair Glen Paul Freedman by this weekend.

Once an application is approved, it will be submitted to the Atlanta Police LGBT liaisons, Senior Patrol Officer Patricia Powell and Officer Brian Sharp, for final approval for the background checks before it is made public for those seeking a spot on the voluntary board.