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.