Tuesday, October 4, 2011

City settles with eight Eagle raid victims — and will likely head to court with ten more

Posted By on Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Yesterday, members of Atlanta's City Council voted unanimously to approve a $120,000 settlement for eight people present the night of the Atlanta Police Department's improper September '09 raid of the Atlanta Eagle.

If you're keeping score at home, that brings the grand total — including the settlement reached with 28 other plaintiffs last December — to $1.145 million the city's shelled out. And that's not to mention the presumably large sum of money spent litigating the initial lawsuit.

And still, the city is prepared to head to court again, with ten more plaintiffs who weren't included in today's settlement.

According to their attorney Dan Grossman, the remaining ten plaintiffs have three demands ...
Fair monetary compensation.

The city and the Atlanta Police Department's full compliance with the terms of the first Eagle settlement, which mandated procedural changes within the department. According to Grossman, the APD is still not fully complying with the court order. In particular, he says despite a new requirement that all uniformed officers identify themselves upon request. By design, the rule doesn't apply to undercover officers, whose safety could be compromised if they reveal their names.

Procedural reform to prevent officers from destroying evidence in the future. Several officers who were involved in the Eagle raid were found to have tampered with and destroyed evidence after it became apparent the raid was improper. Grossman says there's still nothing on the books that would prevent that from happening in the future.

According to Grossman, his clients have gotten pushback on the latter two demands. Check back with Fresh Loaf for updates.

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