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Clayton Sheriff hires fired Eagle raid officers

The Clayton County sheriff has hired two of the former Atlanta Police Department officers who were fired in the aftermath and investigations of the botched and unconstitutional Eagle raid, according to a report by WSB TV.

Clayton Sheriff Kem Kimbrough told WSB reporter Mark Winne he had no worries about hiring former APD Sgt. Willie Adams and Officer Cayenne Mayes. APD Chief George Turner fired the two men for lying during an in investigation of the 2009  raid on the gay bar.

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Atlanta’s total cost for illegal police raid nears $3 million

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Documents released by the city of Atlanta show that the city paid out more than $1.2 million for an independent investigation into the botched raid of the Atlanta Eagle.

The documents show that high-profile law firm Greenberg Traurig charged the city more than $1.2 million for its three-month investigation and 349-page report of what happened at the Eagle the night of Sept. 10, 2009, when the gay bar was raided by the Atlanta Police Department after anonymous allegations about illegal sex and drug use at the bar. No drugs were found and nobody was arrested for illegal sex.

The investigation was mandated as part of a $1.025 million settlement the city reached in December 2010 with 26 patrons of the bar who said their constitutional rights were violated when they were detained for no reason, forced to the ground and had their IDs checked.

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Atlanta police investigate photo with gay slur found on officer’s desk

Atlanta Police officials are calling a photo emailed to a local TV station of a framed picture of "CHiPS" star Erik Estrada with the phrase "You're a homo" written on the picture a "sick joke" possibly meant to embarrass the APD.

Someone within the police department apparently emailed to Fox 5 a photo of the framed picture sitting on a police officer’s desk.

"We became aware of the photo [on Wednesday] from Morse Diggs of Fox 5 who sent the picture to Carlos [Campos, APD spokesperson]," said Deputy Chief Renee Propes, who is openly gay.

"The officer whose desk it is on works for me," she said. "It was sitting on a supervisor's desk in the motors [motorcycle] unit."

Two sergeants are assigned to this office, Propes explained, and an Office of Professional Standards investigation has been opened.

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[Updated] Atlanta City Council settles third Eagle lawsuit for $330,000

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The Atlanta city council unanimously voted today to approve settling the third lawsuit stemming from the botched police raid on gay bar the Atlanta Eagle. The total of the settlement is $330,000.

Eagle attorney Dan Grossman told the GA Voice he was happy with the proposed settlement because his clients, whose constitutional rights were allegedly violated, "have now gotten justice."

As part of the settlement, Grossman also requested the Atlanta Police Department be mandated the police chief fire officers who destroy evidence in a civil case.