The City of Atlanta is in deep sh*t (no pun intended) behind (again) a 2009 raid of a local gay bar called the Atlanta Eagle. According to police, the raid was conducted because there were reports of men having sex and doing drugs in plain view of the patrons.
On Monday, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution to settle a lawsuit in its dispute with the Atlanta Eagle, a gay bar in Midtown that was the location of a botched police raid in September 2009.
The council voted 14-0 to make the payment of $1,002,500 in the case of Calhoun v. Pennington, but it reserved deep discussion on the matter to executive session. Geoff Calhoun was a patron of the bar, and Richard Pennington was the city’s police chief at the time of the raid.
On behalf of 19 patrons of the nightclub, attorney Dan Grossman filed the lawsuit in November 2009 alleging that the APD violated the federal and state constitutional rights of the people at the bar by illegally detaining them. It also said officers did not present a search warrant and used anti-gay slurs during the raid on Sept. 10, 2009.
We wonder if the police kicked the door down, or if they just came through the back? *Kanye shrug*
Seriously though, its good that the club-goers got some retribution for what they had to experience. Seems like cops all over the country are on some ol’ bullsh*t nowadays.