6 Atlanta Cops Dismissed For Gay Bar Raid

  • metta

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    Jul 10, 2011 5:59 AM GMT

    6 Atlanta Cops Dismissed For Gay Bar Raid

  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 10, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    Justice at last!
    Speaking as a retired police officer,it`s very disheartening to see others of my profession lying about their actions.I`d say any officer caught lying should be heavily reprimanded,if not just dismissed.We have to be seen to be honest,not just honest.
    Sadly,I`ve seen a number of simlar cases in Britain where justice has not yet been done.
    These cases demonstrate an arrogance among some officers towards the public generally,not just gay men.And a serious lack of professionalism.They still tend to see gay men as criminals,not,say,victims.
    I did experience some prejudice in the Police Service for being openly gay,etc.,but most were decent guys and I was able to work well with them.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 10, 2011 11:36 AM GMT
    Glad to see there really is justice. Pathetic that this type of thing would still occur without some real need, other than to harass. With that kind of settlement and public sentiment shifting, hopefully Atlanta won't have a repeat.
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    Jul 11, 2011 12:38 AM GMT
    about time!
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    Jul 11, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Funny how the targeted bar was a leather/bear bar (Atlanta Eagle).

    Only a few weeks ago the NYC Eagle was targeted for a raid (during friggin' Pride no less, lol...)
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    Jul 12, 2011 7:50 PM GMT
    mayBbignow saidWhy was there a raid?

    A neighborhood ninny or somebody with an axe to grind against the bar/owners sent an ANONYMOUS letter to the Mayor's office alleging there were drug and sex activities going on in the bar. All gay bars have been under extra-special scrutiny by residents looking to "upgrade" their neighborhoods (read: salvage value on the homes/condos that were way-overpriced when they bought them and moved in).

    By the time this random letter got passed around it fell in the lap of the Police's RED DOG ("Running Every Drug Dealer Out of Georgia") unit originally created to aggressively fight the crack and cocaine trade and gang activity in the 80s. Decades later, with the coke trade drying up, unit members were desperate for big scores to justify their existence.

    They showed up undercover once, had copious drinks, found NOTHING... then scheduled another undercover visit (I believe it was "underwear night" or something) with armed backup and police vans at the ready. Our tax dollars at work.

    It took this case (and one a little later, when two guys were made to strip butt-naked on a busy street under suspicion they were hiding drugs in their underwear - they weren't) for people to finally ask, "why is this RED DOG unit still around, again?" The City just disbanded the unit in February.

    In a fit of delicious irony, I believe the lead RED DOG investigator for the Eagle raid got busted for DUI and marijuana charges in a neighboring county this year, same month the new Mayor disbanded the unit.
  • Latenight30

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    Jul 12, 2011 7:55 PM GMT
    It also cost the city of Atlanta 1,000,000.00 just for the settlement. All the guys really wanted was a public apology. That doesn't include it's own court and law costs.
    The clubs, ie; Eagle, Backstreet and others in the city and around the country were there before some developer wanted to slap up 500k dollar condos. It's like moving near the airport and then complaining about the noise.
    From who I know and understand the leather community isn't one to go quietly. Those custom harnesses aren't cheap and they have the dollars to back up the drinks.
    I hope Atlanta and soon the other cities learn their lesson and stop harassing us. We will not got quietly into this good night.