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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Eagle raid investigation will be public record

With the June 6 deadline looming large, the law firm hired to perform a court-mandated investigation into the APD's 2009 raid of the Atlanta Eagle filed for — and was granted — a 21-day extension.

The extension came with a condition: the investigation has to be open to the public once it's completed. The GA Voice posted an excerpt from a court document detailing exactly what law firm Greenberg Traurig will have to make available for public review:

In consideration of this extension, the City of Atlanta agrees that the report prepared by Greenberg Traurig, in addition to the report prepared by the Atlanta Police Department, regarding the individual conduct of the officers involved in the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Eagle Raid and any proceeding arising therefrom (including the above-styled action) will be a public record, along with:

(A) all transcripts of interviews conducted by Greenberg Traurig and the Atlanta Police Department;
(B) all exhibits appended to the reports;
(C) all factual information, however recorded, obtained by Greenberg Traurig from third parties regarding the conduct of the officers involved in the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Eagle Raid and any proceeding arising therefrom (including the above-styled action); and
(D) all factual information, however recorded, obtained by the Atlanta Police Department from third parties regarding the conduct of the officers involved in the planning, execution, and aftermath of the Eagle Raid and any proceeding arising therefrom (including the above-styled action).

It seems unsettling that there was even a chance the investigation wouldn't have been public record. The firm now has to complete the investigation by June 27 or the city could be held in contempt of court.

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