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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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Former Eagle bartender sues city of Atlanta over botched police raid

A former Atlanta Eagle bartender is suing the city of Atlanta and four individual Atlanta police officers in federal court saying his constitutional rights were violated.

Chris Lopez was a bartender at the gay Midtown bar the night of Sept. 10, 2009, when the APD's Vice Unit and the now disbanded Red Dog Unit raided it. He alleges in his lawsuit filed Sept. 9 — before the two-year statute of limitations expired — that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated when he was arrested and then put on trial in Atlanta Municipal Court. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia.

Individual officers named in the lawsuit are Willie Adams, John Brock, Kelly Collier and Brandon Jackson.

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Eight Atlanta Eagle patrons settle with city, second lawsuit moves forward with 10 plaintiffs

Eight "John Does" settled with the city rather than be part of the lawsuit filed Thursday in Fulton Superior Court against Mayor Kasim Reed and more than 20 individual police officers saying their constitutional rights were violated when police raided the Atlanta Eagle, a Midtown gay bar, on Sept. 10, 2009.

The amount of money the eight men settled for is not known publicly and will not likely be made public until the city council is expected to vote on approving the settlement in the next several weeks. However, attorney Dan Grossman, representing the plaintiffs in the second Eagle lawsuit, said negotiations with the city have been going on for several months.

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Second Atlanta Eagle lawsuit filed in Fulton Superior Court over police raid

Nine men who were in the Atlanta Eagle the night it was raided by police two years ago this weekend are suing Mayor Kasim Reed and 25 police officers in Fulton Superior Court. The lawsuit was filed late Thursday, before the two year statute of limitations expired.

The lawsuit alleges many of the same offenses in the original lawsuit filed in November 2009, shortly after the raid occurred on Sept. 10, 2009. Represented by attorneys Dan Grossman and Gerry Weber, the plaintiffs in the second lawsuit accuse the officers named in the lawsuit for violating their the Fourth and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution protecting people from illegal search and seizures.

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Second Atlanta Eagle lawsuit to be filed against city

Patrons of the Atlanta Eagle the night the gay bar was raided on Sept. 10, 2009, and who were not part of the original federal civil lawsuit, plan to file suit later this week against the city of Atlanta and individual police officers involved in the raid.

The suit will be filed by Sept. 9 — before the second anniversary of the raid and the statute of limitations expires for people seeking claims against the city. People who were in the bar the night it was raided and not part of the first lawsuit are being asked to come forward to be part of the second lawsuit before Friday, Sept. 9.

“It is time for the City of Atlanta to put the Eagle matter to rest, but time and again the actions of the city show that city leaders just ‘do not get it.’ The Eagle raid victims should all be fairly compensated and reforms must be fully implemented,” said attorney Gerry Weber in a statement.

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Atlanta police LGBT Advisory Board accused of being ‘puppets’ of mayor in heated meeting

Atlanta Police Department LGBT Advisory Board

A heated meeting of the Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board on Monday night included shouting, accusations of the board being “puppets” of the mayor and palpable anger with the board and city administration for not doing more to heal the pain in the community after the unconstitutional raid on the Atlanta Eagle nearly two years ago.

Geoff Calhoun (pictured, inset), was in the gay Midtown bar the night it was raided on Sept. 10, 2009, and was a plaintiff in the successful federal civil lawsuit against the city. Calhoun got into a shouting match with board member Ebonee Bradford-Barnes at the two-hour meeting held at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse after he accused the board of becoming “puppets” of the mayor. Calhoun's statements came after much discussion about why the media was not allowed into the meetings the board had with Mayor Kasim Reed and Police Chief George Turner last month.

“I wonder if you could explain the rationale of the majority of the board denying the media into the meeting with the mayor. I'm trying to understand … is it because you thought you wouldn't be honest, the mayor wouldn't be honest?” Calhoun said.

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Date for LGBT town hall meeting with mayor, police chief falls on Jewish holiday

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the time for the town hall forum as from 7:15-8 p.m.

A town hall meeting with the LGBT communities, Mayor Kasim Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner is set for Sept. 28 at Saint Mark United Methodist Church.

The town hall is open to the public and is scheduled from 7-8:15 p.m.

The date, however, falls on the evening of the start of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and also on the night of a special pre-event for Out on Film, Atlanta's LGBT film festival.

Philip Rafshoon is a member of the LGBT Police Advisory Board, which is organizing the town hall forum to discuss issues including how the city and police department continue to handle the fallout of the botched Atlanta Eagle raid. Rafshoon said he was disappointed with the date selected.

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Atlanta LGBT Police Advisory Board meets Aug. 22 at Outwrite

 

The Atlanta LGBT Police Advisory Board will meet on Monday, Aug. 22, at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse to discuss its recent meetings with Mayor Kasim Reed and Chief George Turner about punishments handed down during the raid on the Atlanta Eagle.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Mayor promises ‘global review’ into possible punishment for more Eagle raid officers

Mayor Kasim Reed told members of the Atlanta Police LGBT Advisory Board the city would conduct a “global review” of more officers involved in the controversial Eagle raid who were found to have tampered with evidence but still remain on the force.

The advisory board met today with the mayor, the city's Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman, the mayor's spokespersons Sonji Jacobs and Reese McCranie as well as the Atlanta Police Department's LGBT liaisons Officers Pat Powell and Brian Sharp.

The meeting between the board and the mayor came about after the advisory board held a town hall forum on July 13 and many of the board members as well as those in attendance said they did not believe enough harsh punishment was handed down by Chief George Turner. The board will meet with Turner on Friday.