Although the Atlanta Police Department's Red Dog Unit has been disbanded for several months now, the illegal actions of the unit involved in the controversial Atlanta Eagle raid and some of its officers are continuing — possibly — to cost taxpayers money.
On Tuesday, the Atlanta City Council's Public Safety Committee voted to pay $200,000 to two men who alleged they were strip searched on the side of the road in broad daylight by three former Red Dog officers. The full council will vote on the settlement on Aug. 15.
In January, the two men — Brian Kidd and Sean Venegas — described how they were stopped in Southwest Atlanta by three Red Dog officers on June 30, 2010, and were groped while a cavity search was also conducted in the middle of the street and in broad daylight.
The officers said they were searching for drugs but no drugs were found.